Back in October, Acura revealed its MDX Prototype, which previewed an all-new fourth-generation crossover with a renewed focus on luxury and performance. The automaker also revealed that it would be adding a high-performance Type S variant to the lineup for the very first time. Now, Acura has announced that it will officially unveil the production 2022 MDX on December 8th.
The future Lincoln Aviator and Lincoln Nautilus competitor is the brand’s flagship model, as well as the all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV in America. The 2022 Acura MDX rides on a new light-truck platform with, for the first time, a double-wishbone front suspension. The fourth-generation MDX will join the RDX and newly redesigned TLX in Acura’s recently refreshed lineup.
The new MDX will be powered by Acura’s 3.5L VTEC V6, which will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and available fourth-generation Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system, which features dynamic torque vectoring technology and Brembo four-piston brake calipers, finished in Ivory paint, at all four corners.
Many of the elements seen on the 2022 Acura MDX Prototype should carry over to the production version, including its three-inch longer wheelbase and lower and wider track. The three-dimensional Diamond Pentagon grille, four-element JewelEye LED headlights, Chicane LED daytime running lights, and 21-inch wheels are a possibility, though we’d expect Acura’s signature grille design to make it to production.
Inside the cabin, the longer wheelbase of the new MDX increases legroom in all three rows of seating, while front and third-row occupants enjoy more headroom as well. The MDX Prototype also debuted Acura’s all-digital Precision Cockpit, which replaces physical gauges with a customizable 12.3-inch cluster. A 12.3-inch, full-HD center display is also employed for the infotainment system.
The 2022 Acura MDX is expected to begin reaching dealerships early next year, while the Type S will follow in the summer of 2021.