MDX flagship SUV features direct-injected powertrain, Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, more versatile interior and AcuraLink™ services
MARKHAM, ON, July 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The all-new 2014 MDX, the third
generation of Acura's acclaimed 7-passenger luxury performance SUV,
goes on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide today, offering the
comfort, connectivity and performance every luxury customer wants.
Pricing for the 2014 MDX begins with a manufacturer's suggested retail
price (MSRP) of $49,990*, a substantial $3,260 reduction in starting price versus the outgoing
The all-new 2014 MDX offers even higher levels of luxury comfort and
quietness, together with exhilarating dynamic performance,
class-leading fuel economy ratings, and advanced safety features, and
an even more luxurious, technology-packed and versatile passenger
cabin. Developed on an all-new platform that is optimized in every
respect for the needs of today's luxury SUV buyers, the 2014 Acura MDX
is powered by a new 290-horsepower direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 powertrain with fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management
technology. The new MDX, similar to its flagship sedan counterpart, the
2014 RLX, harnesses a host of Acura signature technologies including
AcuraLink™ and Agile Handling Assist to deliver on Acura's "Synergy between Man and
Machine" product direction, and the idea of creating vehicles that
truly respond to the will of the driver.
The 2014 MDX adds a bevy of new standard features - including Keyless
Access System with Push Button Start, Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, exterior and interior LED lighting, Extended Slide
second-row seating with One-Touch Walk-In for third-row access, an
8-inch On-Demand Multi-Information Display touchscreen, Integrated
Dynamic System, a powerful 432-watt Acura sound system, and an acoustic
glass front windows and windshield.
The range-topping MDX Elite boasts a wide range of new technologies and
features, including Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control
with Low-Speed Follow, remote engine start with an extended range of at
least 100 metres, a new Ultra-Wide DVD Rear Entertainment System with
HDMI connectivity, and Surround View Camera System.
The 2014 MDX is Acura's top-of-the-line SUV to be designed, developed
and engineered in North America. Production of the new MDX and its
powertrain will take place at the company's state-of-the-art
manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama.1
In designing the new MDX, Acura engineers built on the foundation of its
excellent dynamic performance with a focus on three core values:
class-leading fuel efficiency, new levels of luxury comfort, and
top-level safety performance. At the same time, they sought to further
enhance dynamic performance while maintaining the MDX's core appeal -
the family-friendly, 7-passenger cabin in a nimble exterior size and
1 The MDX is built using domestically and globally sourced parts.
Power comes from an all-new direct-injected 3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 rated at 290 peak horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of peak torque
(both SAE net). Closely related to the powerplant in the new 2014 Acura
RLX luxury sedan, this 24-valve V-6 engine is Acura's second Earth
Dreams™ Technology engine, which features a next-generation set of advancements
that greatly enhance both driving performance and fuel efficiency. For
the first time, the MDX has standard Variable Cylinder Management
(VCM), which switches seamlessly between 3- and 6-cylinder modes,
depending on engine load, effectively varying engine displacement to
match driving conditions for improved fuel efficiency.
Compared to the 3.7-litre engine it replaces, the 3.5-litre V-6 in the
2014 MDX offers an 8-percent increase in torque at engine speeds below
2,750 rpm for greater overall responsiveness. Due to improved operating
efficiency, horsepower output per liter is up two percent and torque
output per liter is up 4.4 percent compared to the previous model's
engine. Together with the 2014 MDX's substantial reduction in curb
weight, overall performance is enhanced, including quicker 0-100 km/h
times and 8-second quicker lap times on Germany's Nürburgring
Nordschliefe (North Loop), where both the new and outgoing model were
extensively tuned and tested.
The efficient new engine is paired with a standard 6-speed automatic
transmission with Sequential Sport Shift, and Super Handling All-Wheel
Drive (SH-AWD). The 2014 MDX with SH-AWD has a remarkable 21-percent
increase in its Transport Canada combined fuel economy rating versus
the previous model, reaching class-leading ratings of 11.2/7.7/9.6
2 Based on 2014 Transport Canada mileage ratings. Use for comparison
purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive
and maintain your vehicle.
Perfect for kids or clients, the MDX interior is a luxurious and
accommodating passenger compartment with roomy seating and a second-row
seat with reclining seatbacks and a new Extended Slide feature that
offers a total of 150 mm of fore-and-aft travel. Additionally, a new
kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature greatly improves access to the
third row of seating, and a wider, lower step-in enhances convenience
and usability. Cabin quietness and overall refinement have been
dramatically improved, with hundreds of measures aimed at reducing
noise, vibration and harshness, including thicker, 3-layer acoustic
glass for the windshield and front side windows, thicker rear door
glass, new triple side-sill door seals and Active Noise Control
Repackaging of the rear-seat climate control system allows for a large
centre console storage space, concealed beneath the sliding,
leather-trimmed centre armrest. About 50 mm deeper and wider, and
almost 127 mm longer, the main compartment offers 2.5 times more volume
than the previous model and is large enough to accommodate a moderately
sized purse, tablet computers and more. This is a key MDX advantage in
the class, where many competing models offer little center-console
AUDIO AND CONNECTIVITY
Acura customers have high expectations for state-of-the-art connectivity
and entertainment. Enhanced connectivity in the 2014 MDX is made
possible by the AcuraLink™ system, which offers thousands of media channels via Aha® mobile, all delivered via the owner's internet-linked smartphone and
data plan. There is also a host of new available assistive and
convenience features, including collision notification, remote
unlocking, stolen-vehicle tracking and surface-street traffic
information, all delivered via built-in cellular technology.
The new MDX will also thrill audiophiles with its available music
entertainment features. Four audio systems are available, starting out
with the standard 8-speaker, 432-watt (up from 253 watts) Acura Sound
System, and topping out with the Elite Package, which features an
Acura/ELS® Studio 12-Speaker Audio System with new ceiling-mounted speakers, a
546-watt amplifier and 5.1-channel surround sound.
The available Technology package adds a DVD Rear Entertainment System
with a ceiling-mounted 9-inch full VGA screen, while the MDX with Elite
Package features a Rear Entertainment System with an all-new ultra-wide
16.2-inch full WVGA screen - the largest and highest resolution screen
ever offered in an Acura vehicle. The system also includes a High
Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port to allow the attachment of
high definition players and compatible gaming consoles, along with
standard composite video and audio inputs. A 115-volt power outlet is
rated for devices up to 150 watts.
Both the AcuraLink™ and Acura/ELS Studio® systems take advantage of a 2014 MDX's new 7-inch color On Demand
Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™) touchscreen with haptic feedback. 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 in the previous generation MDX to
just nine in the all-new 2014 model.
The MDX with Navigation Package and above grades feature the latest
generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ (available in Canada, United States, and Mexico). The MDX navigation
system features an 8-inch high-resolution WVGA backlit color display
and now also includes surface street traffic data, allowing the driver
to choose faster, less-congested routes. The system offers a new level
of convenience with AcuraLink™, allowing users to send destination information to the MDX via the
AcuraLink™ Connect phone app
SAFETY AND DRIVER'S ASSISTIVE
Utilizing Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, along with seven airbags, including a new driver's
knee airbag, the MDX is anticipated to earn the highest possible safety
ratings - a 5-Star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score from the U.S. federal
government and a "TOP SAFETY PICK+" rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS),
including a GOOD rating in the IIHS' new rigorous small overlap frontal
Available safety systems include available Forward Collision Warning
(FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and an available Collision
Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS).
The new MDX offers an impressive array of advanced driver-assistive, and
information and media technologies. These include the standard
next-generation AcuraLink™ connected car system with collision notification (complimentary for 4
years ), a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View
Driver's side mirror, along with available Lane Keeping Assist System
(LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Blind
Spot Information (BSI) system.
MDX MODEL RANGE
There are four MDX grades, each standard with Super Handling All-Wheel
The well-equipped MDX has standard leather trimmed first- and second-row
seats with heating on the front row, Heated Steering Wheel, Keyless
Access System with Push Button Start (front doors and rear hatch
access), a 432-watt audio system with 8-speakers, 18-inch alloy wheels,
Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, and more.
The MDX with Navigation Package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, the Acura
Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, a 501-watt Acura/ELS® Studio audio system with 10-speakers, Forward Collision Warning (FCW),
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Information (BSI) System
The MDX with Technology Package adds a 529-watt Acura/ELS® Studio audio system with 11-speakers, a DVD rear entertainment system
with 9-inch display, rear-passenger window sunshades, second-row heated
seats, and more.
The top-of-the-line MDX with Elite Package includes unique 7-spoke
19-inch alloy wheels, a 546-watt Acura/ELS® Studio audio system with 12-speakers, the Acura DVD Ultra-Wide Rear
Entertainment System with 16.2-inch display, Genuine Olive Ash trim,
Surround View Camera System, ventilated front seats, front and rear
parking sensors and remote engine start, along with Lane Keeping Assist
System (LKAS), Collision Mitigation Brake System, Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and additional luxury features.
Fuel Economy Ratings
MDX Navigation Pkg.
MDX Technology Pkg.
MDX Elite Pkg.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, vehicle options and
destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.
Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. The Acura
lineup features seven distinctive models including the RLX 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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