Update: 2014 Acura MDX Expanded Review
Crossovers have starred at the North American International Auto Show this week, and the 2014 Acura MDX Prototype throws its hat into the ring with a new design that aims to combine luxury and performance in a large SUV package.
The Acura MDX has traditionally been an attractive, well-reviewed large luxury SUV. The design of this new prototype, however, sports a low profile and athletic curves that make it look like a large crossover rather than your typical SUV – the 2014 MDX Prototype is wider and 1.5 inches lower than the current model.
Smooth curves sit atop large wheels, and an indented character line running through the side profile slim the MDX down, in the vein of the Infiniti JX and others. It’s a look that hints at underlying performance characteristics; thanks to a lighter and more rigid chassis, the 2014 MDX promises improved fuel efficiency and driving dynamics.
The design philosophy, called “Aero Sculpture,” improves aerodynamic efficiency by 16-percent over the previous MDX, using clean and elegant lines that give the vehicle a dynamic presence. The addition of LED headlights and a classy LED strip through the front intakes make it clear that this is a premium entry.
When it does reach production, the 2014 Acura MDX will be powered by a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management to improve both torque and efficiency. Acura’s esteemed Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system will be standard in the 2014 Acura MDX, which for the first time will also be available with front-wheel drive.
The 2014 Acura MDX will be produced at the Lincoln, Alabama.
Stay tuned for much more coverage from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.