The 2021 Acura MDX is going to be one of the most attractive seven-seater SUVs in the market. The premium carmaker is owned by Honda and the reliability of its vehicles is never in doubt. However, the luxury segment needs a lot of refinements, and the MDX is already offering several features that will stun most regular owners of mid-size SUVs. Now, with the redesign approaching, and probably happening next year, the competition is listening to updates from any sources.
The new model has reportedly been spotted. However, spy photos are not so clear and we cannot say that the redesign is taking place under the camo. But, one thing is sure – the 2021 Acura MDX needs a refresh. This is one of the most popular segments in the market right now and the new SUV will definitely make a strong impact.
What do we expect from the new MDX? To bring everything to another level. Honda might have disappointed its fans by not adding a hybrid version of Pilot yet, but this kind of a drivetrain is already available for the premium Acura SUV. We can’t wait to see the new look of the MDX, as well as the equipment it brings. The highlights remain the Super-Handing All-Wheel drive and the A-Spec appearance package. The Type S remains a wish, which could be fulfilled in 2021.
What is the 2021 Acura MDX A-Spec?
Its name might suggest this is a performance-tuned version, but the A-Spec is just a cosmetic upgrade for the luxury SUV. Most upgrades the package brings will be found outside. The new model will probably bring fresh features for this bundle. Unique wheels are 20-inchers with special tires. Plus, the front fascia is more aggressive thanks to details characteristic for the A-Spec model. Also, the package includes details and accents all around the SUV. The eye-catching one – larger exhaust tips. Inside, the MDX A-Spec upgrades the upholstery with more quality leather and special color combinations. For the current edition, all of it costs $3,500. The new model will correct the price. Of course, expect it closer to $4,000.
Is Type S Possible for the 2021 Acura MDX?
Well, the test mule could be the 2021 Acura MDX Type S. This is the badge we haven’t seen in the market for a long time, and the mid-size SUV seems to be a favorite to bring it back. There is a certain thing about it – the Type S will upgrade the performance and appearance. Details are still unavailable, but there are some rumors that can help us figure out what to expect.
The most realistic option is to upgrade the current hybrid system. According to specialists, the Sport Hybrid can get a boost up to 400 horsepower. It is currently rated at 320 ponies. This would be enough for the performance-oriented version. Plus, it is about to become the plug-in system, offering a modest electric range. Of course, Honda doesn’t want to unveil any plans until the perfect moment and while the SUV is still in development. But, one thing is sure – the MDX Type S would have a lot of buyers with such configuration and specs.
Engines and SH-AWD
The standard model will keep a 3.5-liter V6 engine even after the redesign. The base setup can return 290 horsepower, 10 more than its no-premium sibling, Honda Pilot. Still, this is not enough for the luxury class, where we can find some Mercedes and Range Rover models delivering 500+ ponies. But, the base version is more than capable of doing stuff. For example, the 2021 Acura MDX will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. It accelerates to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.
The all-wheel drive will slow it down, but the Super-Handling system brings more benefits. It is one of the main reasons why buyers are so in love with this SUV. The SH-AWD provides precise handling and easy maneuvering. Like every other all-wheel drive, it improves balance and traction. Every wheel will get enough torque for the difficulties it faces, but it doesn’t mean the other one on the opposite side of the axle is getting the same twist. It saves fuel and makes off-roading easier.
2021 Acura MDX Release Date and Prices
The big update is expected from the 2021 Acura MDX. The redesign will have a premiere at some of the leading car shows in the US. We doubt the Acura will go with NAIAS since most other companies already announced huge arrivals for the new format of the show. But, the carmaker will make a stunning entrance for its flagship vehicle. The price will be slightly higher, but the base version is not going to reach $50,000. On the other hand, if Type S happens, then you should prepare at least $20,000 more. The Sport Hybrid is also affordable and it is at the same price range as its biggest rival, Lexus RX 450h.