Third-generation MDX raises the bar with more performance, class-leading
fuel economy ratings, innovative interior features and signature Acura
NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - 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 in both 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/100km 1 (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
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
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)
Remote Door Lock / Unlock
Local Search (internet)
POI send to car
Virtual Dashboard (mobile phone / PC)
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)
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.
Connect with Acura:
Media Information: www.acuranews.ca
Consumer Information: www.acura.ca
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.
SOURCE: Acura Canada
For further information:
Maki Inoue 905-888-4416
Laura Heasman 905-888-4586