The 2022 Acura MDX Type S Will Break Your Bank Account

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It costs more than two ILXs combined.

Acura is bringing back performance to its lineup with a new take on the old Integra, a record-breaking NSX and the new TLX Type S. As it would be a waste not to use the go-fast name on an SUV, Acura said on Thursday the 2022 Acura MDX Type S is now available to reserve and will be landing at dealerships this December with a base price "in the high-$60,000 range."

"The MDX Type S is for people who love to drive," said Emile Korkor, assistant vice president, Acura National Sales. "It delivers an unmatched combination of thrilling dynamics, premium features and family-friendly accommodations."

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The MDX Type S will be the peak of Acura's SUV lineup sporting the company's new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 making 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It beats the company's 3.5-liter V6 by 65 hp and 87 lb-ft, and it's available with Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. However, as standard only the front wheels are powered. A ten-speed automatic is standard too.

The SUV features a performance-tuned double wishbone front suspension and a multilink rear with adaptive dampers at all four corners. It offers adaptive air suspension for the first time, and now has seven drive modes including a special Sport + mode reserved for the Type S nameplate. Additionally, it has a Lift mode that raises the car two inches for rocky terrain.

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If you're looking for the MDX Type S on the road, it has a unique front splitter and grille (that improves airflow 10%), new side vents with sub-radiators, and a special Type S rear diffuser. It gets one special paint color called Tiger Eye Pearl and exclusive 21-inch wheels in gray or black. Improving the stopping power are new red-painted Brembo front brakes that have 14.3-inch discs and four-caliper pistons. The stock rears are painted to match.

Inside, the three-row MDX Type S gets leather seats in Red, Ebony or Light Orchid with black Ultrasuede accents. It also has a flat bottom steering wheel, metal sport pedals, accent stitching, and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. Its best sound system is a new 25-speaker ELS Studio 3DO Signature Edition with 1,000 watts through two amplifiers.

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The AcuraWatch safety features come standard including traffic sign recognition, emergency braking, driver attention monitor and traffic jam assist, which is a hands-on driver assist system. Parking sensors will protect slow speed maneuvers and all of it is protected by Acura's proprietary body structure and three-chamber front passenger airbags.

The new MDX Type S was designed here in the US by stylists at its Torrance Design Studio in California and will be built in East Liberty, Ohio. The new 3.0-liter turbo V6, also in the TLX Type S, is made separately at the Anna, Ohio engine plant. We'll find out more next month.

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