Acura offers up a sneak peek of the fourth-generation MDX flagship SUV with the reveal of the MDX Prototype. The prototype debuts a muscular new look that embraces the brand's renewed focus on performance. The lower and wider body has a sportier feel than the previous generation while their signature three-dimensional Diamond Pentagon grille creates a bold front end that's flanked by four-element JewelEye LED headlights and Chicane LED daytime running lights.
The interior receives a major overhaul with luxurious finish options like open-pore wood, polished aluminum, soft-touch Milano leather, and French-stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Legroom has been increased in all three rows due to the wider body and headroom has increased for both the front and third-row passengers. As for tech, the car will feature an all-digital Precision Cockpit with a 12.3" full-HD dashboard, ELS Studio 3D premium audio with 1,000 watts of power and 25 speakers, and a whole suite of safety and driver-assist features.
Two new powertrains will be available: a standard 3.5L V6 with a 10-speed transmission and a Type S model with a 3.0L turbocharged V6 that produces 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, which will also be the most powerful engine ever fitted to an Acura SUV. Both models will be available with Acura's four-generation Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system for enhanced grip in varying weather conditions.
The new MDX will be available early next year and the MDX Type S will follow that summer.