Acura's next MDX adds front-drive model
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DETROIT -- The redesigned 2014 Acura MDX will be sold in both front-drive as well as its traditional all-wheel drive setup, Acura said Tuesday. The front-drive version is a response to Sunbelt dealers' requests.
The Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive model will continue in the lineup.
Acura unveiled the concept of its volume-leading crossover at the auto show here.
While a concept, the vehicle is basically a flashy version of the production model that arrives in mid-2013. The MDX concept on display basically is a styling buck which doesn't show the interior of the vehicle.
The MDX concept has a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model. Acura says most of the added wheelbase will go into the second-row seating area, both for legroom and for access to the third row of seats.
Acura is taking a risk with a major shift in the MDX's stance, proportion and design language.
Instead of the upright angry robot look of the previous version, Acura made the 2014 edition longer and lower. As a result, the MDX concept is more sinewy and aero-looking, a departure from the rest of the lineup. Officials said the production version will look very similar to the concept.
Acura chef designer Jon Ikeda calls the look, "more sophisticated than angular," adding that the concept is 16 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing MDX.
The MDX will carry Honda's Earth Dreams 3.5-liter, direct-injected V-6 with variable cylinder management. Acura did not release MDX horsepower and torque figures, but in the Accord V-6, the same engine generates 278 hp and 252 ft-lb of torque.
Acura says the redesigned MDX is 16 percent more aerodynamic than its predecessor.
Acura sold 50,854 units in 2012, up 18 percent over a 2011 that was hampered by tsunami-impacted inventory shortages.
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