The new 2021 Acura MDX will get numerous changes in the future. Unreleased images leaked online and we had an opportunity to see a redesigned MDX model. The list of changes and upgrades is really long. That includes tweaks of the interior but the exterior will also get visual updates. Some parts of the exterior now look closer to the RDX compact crossover.
That includes modified grille and headlights. From the inside, the 2021 MDX will get a new infotainment system, ambient lighting and much more. As for the performances, we expect from Acura to deliver both hybrid drivetrain and the Type-S high-performance version.
2021 Acura MDX New Design
On the latest images, we can see plenty of novelties. The upcoming 2021 Acura MDX now sports a new grille that is similar to the grille on the compact RDX crossover. The headlights are finished in a familiar shape but lighting units are completely different. Moreover, air vents below the lights are done in a different shape.
Hood looks longer and new character lines are visible at first glance. It seems like the Acura’s goal is to deliver a similar look of its RDX model. However, styling is unique and very attractive. Plenty of chrome trims and recently refreshed wheels are also the highlights of the new exterior design.
After its latest major facelift, the 2021 Acura MDX will finally get new interior. For the start, the cabin is more upscale and it looks surprisingly sporty. While not all of the details are available, some parts are confirmed. Perhaps the most significant change is a new infotainment system. That also includes new standard and optional displays that will be larger.
Moreover, we can expect a quicker response and better interface. Interior layout will remain. Acura MDX will offer a room for seven passengers. Cabin space is generous and that includes the cargo area as well. On top of that, Acura will raise the level of comfort thanks to new base upholstery. However, leather seats will be optional on the entry-level trim.
2021 Acura MDX Powertrain
If the latest reports were true, new 2021 Acura MDX will keep its engine lineup. That means there will be two engine options. Standard 3.5-liter V6 delivers 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. This unit comes with a standard front-wheel-drive system and a 9-speed automatic transmission. MDX is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Some rumors are suggesting improved performances and fuel economy rating but that will not happen. MDX Type S version will be available as well. This high-performance variant will offer a twin-turbo V6 that will surely generate more power than the standard V6 drivetrain. We are still waiting for Acura to release full details.
The forthcoming 2021 MDX Hybrid is also confirmed. This version will combine standard V6 engine with a pair of electric motors. As some reports are suggesting, a hybrid variant will use a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox. Moreover, the AWD setup will be offered as standard. This model will generate slightly more power than the base version of the MDX crossover.
For that reason, we can expect slightly over 300 horses and torque figures will be improved as well. The highlight of the hybrid version will be its fuel economy. Fuel efficiency details are not available yet, but we can bet for 35 mpg combined at least.
Price and Release Date
The price of the all-new 2021 Acura MDX will start at $45,500. This luxury crossover will also offer its hybrid version that will cost around $50,000. The upgrades MDX Type S will reach the $60,000 mark. Acura’s newest crossover will hit the dealerships in summer 2020.