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2014 Acura MDX Spy Video

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Acura is out testing its next-generation MDX luxury crossover on public roads and we’ve managed to scoop a prototype running around the Nürburgring and on some of the German race track’s surrounding streets.

The new MDX is expected to land in showrooms in the second half of 2013, which would make it a 2014 model.

It will bring with it a vast array of new technologies and what appears to be a more streamlined shape to help fend of rivals like the BMW X5, Buick Enclave and Lexus RX

Though camouflaged, it appears the MDX will be sharing a number of styling cues previewed by the recent 2013 RLX Concept, which it itself previews the upcoming replacement for the Acura RL flagship sedan. We can make out what appears to be a sharper bumper on this MDX prototype as well as a typical shield-shaped grille.

2014 Acura MDX spy shots

2014 Acura MDX spy shots

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Styling cues won’t be the only thing shared between the 2013 RLX and the 2014 MDX, as both vehicles should share a powertrain lineup as well.

This means the 2014 MDX may offer two powertrain options--a base version powered by a regular V-6 and a new hybrid model featuring the Acura Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system destined for the next-generation NSX supercar.

The base model is tipped to feature a direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Output should eclipse the 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque found in the outgoing MDX.

2013 Acura RLX Concept

2013 Acura RLX Concept

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The hybrid range-topper, if built, will feature the same V-6 engine matched to an electric motor and dual-clutch transmission, with both power sources driving a single axle.

The alternate axle will be powered by another two electric motors working independently and directing torque as required to benefit handling. The setup would allow multiple driving modes, including electric- or gas-only modes, plus a hybrid mode calling on both electric and gas power and offering all-wheel drive capability.

Look out for the reveal of the 2014 Acura MDX at a major American auto show early next year.
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  1. Wow, the performance is very impressive. The vehicle looks very planted going thru corners with quite a lot of speed. I'm looking forward to this and hoping it gets the hybrid tech. Acura needs something special to separate it more from Honda. This tech should really give it the edge. Hope a plug-in hybrid model comes too.
     
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  2. It looks like we're going to be stuck with the pendulum/guillotine grille for some time to come. The performance looks immense which is great, especially going against the likes of BMW, Audi, M-B. I think the current MDX is still a head-turner. Sadly, the design language didn't quite cross over well to the TL, and bombed completely with the current RL. I'm loving the new RDX and ILX with its simplistic styling and tech-packed cabins. I'm sure the RLX will be pretty remarkable with its hybrid power-train.

    My biggest fear for Acura are their attempts to fit into a niche. Are they trying to be luxury, sport, or green? I think they're hoping for all three, which might be tough to obtain.

    So far, so good Acura. Keep it up!
     
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  3. How is Acura STILL to this day stuck with 300hp??!?!?!?!? Blows my mind.....especially in a popular SUV used for towing families and trailers with boats or more people
     
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  4. The 2013 RDX has only a 1500 towing capacity whereas the MDX has a 5000 pound capacity. With such limited towing capacity you really don't need more than 300 HP even when fully loaded.
     
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