Honda unveiled the 2017 Acura MDX at the 2016 New York International Auto Show on March 23. There are changes not only to the hybrid version but also the gasoline version as well.
Major changes were made to the exteriors of all models, including the hybrid. It has received a total facelift and is the first mass market model to use the design features of the Acura Precision Concept, which was unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January.
It has a sharp and dynamic front face that emphasizes its sportiness, starting with the large diamond pentagon grille. The design is more polished than previous models in a way that’s befitting a luxury SUV.
The 2017 model is the first Acura model to have the Acura Watch safety system as a standard feature for all grades. This system greatly improves its safety performance. The powertrain is a 3.5L V6 direct-injection gasoline i-VTEC engine with 9-speed AT.
Honda plans to unveil the 2017 gasoline model for North America this summer. It will be built at the company’s Alabama and Ohio plants from the beginning of 2017. Acura says, “As a luxury SUV with three rows of seats, we’re aiming for number one in the US market.”
(Translated by Greg Scott)