It’s in Acura’s DNA to deliver a luxury lineup that combines performance and innovation. Following the debut of their Acura Precision Concept at the Detroit Auto Show, Acura unveiled the 2017 MDX at the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on March 23, 2016.
Redesigned with a new diamond pentagon grille, aggressive contoured hood, LED fog lights, restyled Jewel Eye™ headlights, and available second-row captain’s chairs, the 2017 MDX is reengineered for performance both inside and out. New standard luxury and technology features have also been added to the 2017 MDX models, including an Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, Auto High Beam headlights, and four 2.5-amp USB charging ports.
“MDX is a pillar of the Acura brand,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “[It’s] our highest volume model seven years running, and the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time. And with America’s love affair with SUVs growing stronger by the day, we’re taking the opportunity to make MDX even better.”
The MDX has topped Acura’s sales, with 50,000 units sold in each of the past three years. And this year, Acura hopes to challenge the ever-competitive SUV space with the 2017 MDX’s advanced safety features as well as its available Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain.
The 2017 MDX will be the very first vehicle in its class that standardizes safety and driver assistance technologies on every grade of the MDX. Providing the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology across all its MDX models as a standard feature might drive its key SUV competitors to make safety technology a right rather than a privilege.
Already making waves in safety, the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is also the third model to feature Acura’s three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain. Resembling the Acura NSX supercar and the RLX flagship sedan, the MDX’s available Active Sport Suspension will be integrated with the Integrated Dynamics System that will feature four modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport, and – exclusive to Sport Hybrid models – a new Sport+ mode. This offers individuals a choice not only of performance, but of ultimate power and control.
Precision Crafted Performance: Acura’s new brand concept was capitalized throughout the MDX unveiling. Acura’s futuristic design language and style provides a new road for the brand to race.