2016 Acura MDX

2016 Acura MDX gets 9-speed AT

Acura, Honda’s luxury car brand, launched the 2016 MDX in the United States on February 3.

The outgoing MDX is the third generation MDX. It was premiered at the New York Auto Show in March 2013. Acura launched the first generation MDX in 2001. It was named the Honda MDX from 2003 until 2006, and it had been released to the Japanese market as well.

The MDX has a large body suitable for a luxury SUV, it also features the new design language called “Aero Sculpture.” Its smooth proportions and arched roofline look atrractive. The cabin is luxurious; it has three rows of seats that can accommodate seven passengers.

The powertrain was downsized from the previous generation MDX’s 3.7L to the newly developed V6 3.5 L direct injection i-VTEC engine. It generates a maximum output and maximum torque of 290ps and 36.9kgm respectively. It has a six-speed AT with paddle shift. It is available in two automobile layouts: the 4WD drive layout called SH-AWD and the FF drive layout. This is the first time that the MDX will be adopting an FF drive layout. It also comes with a Variable Cylinder Management system (VCM) that automatically deactivates 1/3 or 1/2 of the engine’s cylinders according to the driving conditions.

Instead of a six-speed AT, the American version of the 2016 MDX will be equipped with a nine-speed AT. This nine-speed automatic transmission is a a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console. Furthermore, the SH-AWD system now has a twin-clutch. Another upgrade is the latest version of the Acura Watch.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)