If the prototype is anything to go by, the new MDX will be worth the wait.
Acura is milking the buildup to the reveal of the all-new MDX as much as it can. In October, the covers came off the MDX Prototype which provided a clear look at the sporty proportions of the new SUV, which shares stylistic elements with the new TLX sedan.
Acura has now shared a new teaser photo of the production MDX along with the news that the three-row SUV will officially make its world debut on December 8. As with virtually every debut of a new vehicle this year, the latest Acura MDX will be revealed digitally on the automaker's website. Although we tried, we couldn't decipher any significant difference between the new teaser photo and the MDX Prototype.
What is visible is the new pentagon grille flanked by slimmer LED headlights, which sit below a heavily sculpted hood. In the middle of the grille is a particularly large Acura emblem. We fully expect the final MDX design to mirror the muscular proportions of the MDX Prototype with its longer body and the wheels which have been moved further to the corners. The latest MDX will be underpinned by a new light-truck platform.
The MDX has evolved markedly over the last two decades but this new one is undoubtedly the most stylish interpretation yet. The bigger body should free up even more space for passengers and cargo, which is already a strength of the current MDX.
The latest MDX will be powered by a 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the brand's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system will be available. As with the new TLX, a Type S version of the MDX is on the way - this will be the first performance version of the MDX.
If you're interested in watching the 2022 Acura MDX reveal live on the company's website, it takes place on December 8 at 11:30 am PST. The new MDX will arrive at dealers early next year while the sporty Type S will follow in summer 2021.