Acura's new SUV flagship is on its way.
The next-generation 2022 Acura MDX just entered production at Honda's East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio. The plant, which first opened more than 30 years ago, has produced more than six million cars, including the Honda CR-V, Acura RDX, and the new MDX. In the past, this factory also built the Honda Civic, Accord, Element, Crosstour, and Acura CL.
The 2022 MDX SUV was revealed in December after Acura previously showed off a prototype version in September. As with most made-in-America vehicles, the MDX has a short wait from the reveal to production. It won't be long before the MDX rolls off the assembly line and into the driveways of new owners. Acura says dealerships will receive inventory starting on February 2, 2021.
"Our associates at the East Liberty Auto Plant are incredibly excited to showcase their expertise in craftsmanship and quality as they begin mass production of Acura's new flagship model, the 2022 MDX," said Plant General Manager Jun Jayaraman. "To fulfill its new role as the flagship model of the Acura brand, we had a clear focus on taking MDX to a higher level, a true revolution, that would evoke passion, excitement, and emotion like never before," added Tom Nguyen, global development leader of the MDX.
To assure top build quality on the new MDX, the East Liberty plant received several upgrades, including a 5,000-ton servo (stamping) press, which creates sharper stamping for the hood and body panels. Acura says the fourth-generation MDX's body is stiffer in every measure thanks to a high-accuracy body weld process and new high-performance adhesive.
The MDX will be built at East Liberty, but its motors come from Honda's engine plant in Anna, Ohio. This plant will assemble the MDX's 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and the 355-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that will appear in the upcoming MDX Type S model, which Acura says will arrive in the summer. As of right now, there is no official announcement of a hybrid version to replace the outgoing MDX Sport Hybrid.