Acura revealed the 2014 MDX Prototype at the 2013 NAIAS in Detroit on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The prototype marks the third generation of Acura’s best-selling vehicle and is scheduled for a mid-year release.
The MDX Prototype, fit with Acura’s new signature JewelEye LED headlamps, has a sleeker look than its predecessor, while also wider and 1.5 inches lower. If it also looks more aerodynamic, that’s because it is. In Acura’s constant effort to increase fuel economy, the MDX Prototype was tested in a wind tunnel, resulting in a 16 percent reduction in wind drag, sure to improve fuel economy.
While no specifics were provided on what’s under the hood, Acura said to expect class-leading fuel economy coming from its signature 3.5-liter V-TEC V-6 engine.
The interior was also not featured, but Acura promised a luxurious, comfortable and quiet cabin. The next-gen MDX will also include the AcuraLink connected car system, distance-adaptive cruise control, Forward-Collision Warning and Lane-Departure Warning.
For the first time, the MDX will also be available in a 2-wheel drive model, in an effort to expand its customer base in warmer-climate areas.
Production on the third-gen MDX will occur exclusively in the United States, as Acura will be moving all of its small truck production from Canada to a new plant in Alabama.