The full production version of the all-new 2014 Acura MDX has made its public debut earlier this month in the Big Apple, before entering into the production line at Honda’s Alabama plant this year.
The new MDX crossover is powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine linked exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive configuration.
This V6 engine benefits from the use of variable cylinder management and 24-valve, while the standard gearbox will have a sport mode as well as sequential sport-shift paddle shifters. As a result, the 2014 model year can reach its maximum output up to 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.
The EPA fuel economy for the front-wheel drive models are rated at 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined. On the other hand, the MDX mid-size SUV with super handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) can return 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The Japanese automaker has installed Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) to this new model, which will offer three modes including Sport, Normal and Comfort. This new luxury SUV will ride on standard 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with 245/60-18 tires, while 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels are available only as optional with 245/55-19 tires.
In order to get a more responsive handling, Acura also put a MacPherson strut front suspension and new multi-link rear suspension to the next-gen MDX. Inside the cabin, the new model has a few standard interior features like the heated driver’s & passenger seat, 10-way power adjustable, premium leather-trimmed interior, cabin accent lighting and much more.
Speaking about the launch date information, the 2014 Acura MDX release date is expected to be revealed closer to this summer. As we know, this luxury SUV will hit U.S. dealers for the first time in summer 2013, according to Acura. Unfortunately, no word on pricing details at this time.