Honda’s luxury offshoot looking to sharpen its identity amidst the sizable variety of luxury brands around along with the brand-new Acura MDX. Specifying the MDX apart from the crowd is a brand-new sport hybrid powertrain and a brand-new grille, which was previewed when it come to the Precision Concept in Detroit and is expected to gradually job its method across the remainder of Acura’s range.
The Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All of Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) model has actually 325 hp (242 kW) when it come to tap – 35 hp (26 kW) a lot more compared to the non-hybrid version thanks to 3 electric motors, one mounted when it come to the front axle and 2 when it come to the rear. Also as supplying a practical energy enhance in a straight line, the electric motors are used for torque vectoring in the car’s NSX-design all-wheel drive system.
While EPA ratings are not yet out, the hybrid unit is expected to deliver an added 7 mpg (3 l/100km) over the non-hybrid, AWD MDX model, which would certainly position it at about 26 mpg when it come to the combined cycle.
If it’s to steal buyers far from Lexus, Acura’s brand-new SUV will certainly have to be safe, so there’s a complete suite of energetic safety features fitted to the MDX as standard. Auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane maintaining aid and adaptive cruise regulate are All of fitted under the umbrella of AcuraWatch, which uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera to detect others cars and lane markings when it come to the road.
The unit sounds like Subaru’s wonderful EyeSight system, despite the fact that we’ll have actually to attempt Acura’s setup prior to passing judgement.
Even though the complete safety suite is standard, there’s still some selections slipped into the SUV’s spec slab that are worth looking at. For example, if you’re not worried regarding making use of the MDX’s complete seven-seat capacity, the rear bench can easily be replaced along with specific “Captain’s Chairs” and a unique focus console along with added USB ports for power-starving rear-seat, er, captains.
The MDX launched at this year’s New York Auto Show, however there’s no word when it come to pricing simply yet.