It was spotted testing alongside a BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, two vehicles Acura is hoping to steal sales away from when the new MDX is launched late next year, most likely as a 2014 model.
When it finally does arrive, it will bring with it a vast array of new technologies and what appears to be a more streamlined shape. Though camouflaged, it appears the MDX will be sharing a number of styling cues with the 2014 Acura RLX debuting later this year.
Styling cues won’t be the only thing shared between the 2014 RLX and this new MDX, however, as both vehicles should share a powertrain lineup as well. This means the new 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 regular model will feature a direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Output of this model should eclipse the 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque found in the current model.
The hybrid model, if built, will feature the same V-6 engine matched to an electric motor and dual-clutch transmission, and powering a single axle. The alternate axle will be powered by another two electric motors that work independently. Such a 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.
Stay tuned for more details as development of the 2014 Acura MDX progresses.