NAIAS 2013 Preview: 2014 Acura MDX Prototype

During the week leading up to the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, The Driving Life will focus on the big news to expect from automakers, including vehicle launches and model updates.

Fresh off unveiling its all-new flagship RLX sedan at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Nov. 28, 2012, Acura – and parent company American Honda Motor Co. – is set to give the press corps in Detroit a sneak peek of the next-generation MDX. While the current-generation MDX is in its seventh year and is in need of an update, the model that will be shown at the 2013 North American International Auto Show will only be a prototype, possibly for the 2015 model year.

Not much is known about the car save for a few spy photos of the MDX Prototype circulating around the Internet. However, an official Honda press release said that the next-gen model of its luxury SUV will utilize “’Aero Sculpture’ design language affecting both form and function” and will also “feature alluring proportions with smooth, arching body lines matched to an efficient architecture.” That may simply mean a more rounded, aerodynamic and wider-looking model. Also, be on the lookout for some of Honda’s most recently released technologies, including Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems.

The MDX is Acura’s best-selling model, so it’s going to be interesting to see what American Honda Motor Co. chooses to do with it for the next generation.

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[Sources: Honda, Car and Driver]