NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 – Acura today unveiled the all-new 2014 MDX luxury SUV at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Built on a completely new platform, the seven-passenger MDX offers improved ride comfort, a more versatile and luxurious cabin, increased fuel efficiency and enhanced dynamic performance.
“Building on the award-winning dynamic performance of the previous model, the third-generation MDX adds new levels of luxury, comfort, functionality and fuel efficiency to once again set the luxury SUV benchmark,” said Dave Gardner, vice president of Sales and Marketing , Acura Canada . “From Nürburgring-tuned dynamics and thoughtful interior appointments, the all-new MDX continues Acura’s direction of creating vehicles that advance the synergy between man and machine.”
The 2014 Acura MDX is powered by an all-new direct-injected 24-valve 3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™), producing 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. The MDX’s engine architecture is shared with two racecars that recently finished First and Second in the LMP2 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Employing a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters, the new MDX will be offered exclusively with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™), featuring Acura’s new Agile Handling Assist technology.
Matched to the highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology engine and the SH-AWD drivetrain, the 2014 MDX has an estimated Transport Canada fuel economy rating of 11.2/7.7/9.6L/100km1 (city/highway/combined).
While achieving even better fuel economy ratings, the MDX remains a true driver’s SUV with enhanced dynamic performance, including quicker acceleration, more responsive braking and even more precise steering feel. Tuned and tested on the grueling Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany, the lighter and more dynamic new 2014 MDX with SH-AWD bests the previous model’s lap time by eight seconds.
To satisfy the preferences of multiple drivers in any family, the 2014 MDX features an all-new Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) with three modes: Sport, Normal and Comfort. IDS adjusts steering effort, throttle response, SH-AWD and active sound to suit the tastes of the driver. The MDX’s new Amplitude Reactive Dampers, MacPherson strut front suspension and new multi-link rear suspension enable its more nimble and responsive handling and improved ride quality. 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 245/60-18 tires come standard on the MDX. Navigation, Technology, and Elite packages are equipped with 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 245/55-19 tires.
Body and Styling
The 2014 MDX body applies more than 55 percent advanced lightweight materials – including high strength steel, aluminum and magnesium – resulting in a vehicle that is both more rigid and lightweight, with total vehicle weight reduced 125 kg from the previous model. Measuring 4,917 millimeters in overall length, 1,962 millimeters in overall width (excluding door mirrors), 1,716 millimeters in overall height, and riding on a 2,820 millimeter wheelbase (up 70 millimeters from the previous model), the new MDX boasts an “Executive Aero Sculpture” exterior design that lends it a sleek, tailored and sophisticated appearance. The aerodynamic body design – refined by engineers in a new wind tunnel at the company’s Ohio R&D center – helps the MDX achieve a more than 17 percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, making it one of the most aerodynamic and fuel-efficient luxury SUVs on the road.
The 2014 MDX also takes a big step up in luxury comfort and quiet. The MDX’s dynamically tuned platform, more airtight body and triple path isolated dampers, along with the use of new sound-deadening materials, such as acoustic glass and expanding body sealers, and Active Noise Control technology, make this the quietest and most composed MDX yet.
Equally adept at carrying clients and kids, the new MDX boasts a luxurious and versatile interior. The revised body dimensions and new, more compact multi-link rear suspension, combined with innovative new technologies on the second-row seats, significantly improve third-row access and all-around passenger comfort. Third-row ingress and egress is significantly improved by a fifty millimeter lower step-in height and seventy five millimeters wider entryway, and by the introduction of a new One-Touch Walk-In feature. With a single press of the illuminated One-Touch Walk-In button, the second-row seats automatically fold and slide to their forward-most position. The second-row seats now feature a four-position recline and a new Extended Slide capability that provides one hundred and fifty millimeters of total fore-aft seat adjustment for optimal balance between second- and third-row legroom. Rear cargo capacity is also improved and includes a new underfloor storage area.
Up front, there is a 10-way power adjustable and heated driver’s seat and an 8-way power and heated passenger seat. The MDX also addresses a major shortcoming of many luxury SUVs – available front-seat storage space – with a spacious new centre console that can accommodate a purse, laptop case, or a pair of iPads®. The MDX’s luxury quotient is further boosted by its upgraded interior appointments, including premium leather-trimmed interior, silver plated accents, LED overhead and cabin accent lighting, along with new optional luxury features, such as Smart Entry, second-row sunshades, remote engine start, and auto-linked air conditioning and climate-controlled seats.
Acura Signature Technology
In addition, the 2014 Acura MDX harnesses a range of Acura signature technologies, including Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, more powerful Acura/ELS Studio premium audio system, and the AcuraLink™ connectivity system with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™, featuring freeway traffic and surface street conditions. In addition to the traffic services, the AcuraLink™ cloud-based connected car system offers an assortment of media, convenience, information and security features via an embedded cellular system and compatible web-enabled smartphones.
This new system will offer customers an unprecedented level of connectivity, convenience, and security. There will be three packages available for AcuraLink;
- Automated Appointment Booking& Maintenance Minder
- Feature Guide/ Quick Tips/ General Messaging
- All-new Surface Street/ HWY Traffic display in Navigation Screen
Connect Package – Adds to Standard Package
- Automatic Collision Notification
- Assist Call (Live Operator)
- Alarm Notification
- Car Finder
- Remote Door Lock / Unlock
- Local Search (internet)
- POI send to car
- Virtual Dashboard (mobile phone / PC)
- Remote diagnostics
Premium Package (Concierge) – Adds to Connect Package
- Live Concierge Operator for 24 hour Assistance
Both “Standard” and “Connect” services will be offered to MDX customers purchasing the Navigation, Technology and Elite models at no charge for the first four years and Premium will be complimentary for the first year. This will undoubtedly offer tremendous luxury value.
Both the AcuraLink™ and Acura/ELS Studio system take advantage of a 7-inch color On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touchscreen with haptic feedback and an 8-inch Color Information Display. The addition of the ODMD, along with other interior changes, allowed engineers to reduce the number of hard buttons in the center stack from 41 to just nine. The available Technology package adds a DVD Rear Entertainment system with a 9-inch full VGA screen for the rear seats, while the Elite package replaces the 9-inch monitor with an ultra-wide, 16.2-inch full VGA screen with HDMI compatibility for devices such as a game console.
The 2014 MDX offers a host of innovative driver assistive and visibility technologies, including a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI), and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).
The third-generation MDX is expected to achieve top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the highest possible rating of GOOD in the Institute’s new small-offset frontal collision test.
The new MDX is equipped with a broad array of advanced safety technologies, including the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure, 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control, and airbags (front, front side, driver’s knee and side curtain with rollover sensor), as well as the available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.
The 2014 Acura MDX is scheduled to go on sale at Canadian Acura dealers nationwide this summer and will be available in four grades – the well-equipped MDX, the robust MDX with Navigation package, the advanced and rear-passenger-friendly MDX with Technology package, and the top-of-the-line MDX with Elite package. The 2014 MDX was designed and developed in North America and will be built at the Lincoln, Alabama plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. Pricing details will be announced closer to launch.
Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. The Acura lineup features seven distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, the MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.
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1 Based on estimated Transport Canada fuel economy ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.