The Acura MDX will receive a substantial refresh for the 2017 model year. The most notable changes will be an updated design, new standard safety features and an all-new hybrid variant called the MDX Sport Hybrid. The updates to the three-row luxury crossover are set to boost appeal amid heavy competition in the segment.
The new MDX features a fresh look much akin to the Acura Precision Concept shown in Chicago earlier this year. A new diamond pentagon grille graces the vehicle’s front end, replacing the signature “shield” motif that has arguably been one of the more polarizing design decisions by Acura, drawing criticism for resembling a metal bird beak.
For 2017, the MDX will receive the popular AcuraWatch suite of driver assist technology as standard equipment across all trim levels. Optional on current models, it adds features like collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and more. Acura says the MDX will be the first luxury SUV to offer the full range of active safety features standard.
Under the hood, shoppers will continue to find a 3.5-liter V6 making 290 hp with 267 lb-ft of torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission, introduced last year, comes standard. The MDX can be equipped with front-wheel drive, or Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD) which is able to adjust power to the front and rear wheels based on weight distribution, traction and other factors for enhanced agility in a wide range of road conditions.