The 2021 Acura MDX is going to be one of the best offers you can find in the market. In the three-row luxury segment, it will be one of the most affordable models. On the other hand, it is one of the most versatile, with plenty of options. We recommend the Sport Hybrid with extra power and a better fuel economy. Also, there is the A-Spec package to boost the look of the SUV. Finally, the SH-AWD is one of the things you must have.
All these options will be kept when the MDX introduces its new appearance. The carmaker will redesign its luxury SUV. Well, it will share some updates with the non-premium Honda Pilot, which could get the PHEV version soon. On the other hand, such a plug-in system could boost power to 400 hp and announce the 2021 Acura MDX Type S.
2021 Acura MDX Specs
Under the bonnet of the base 2021 Acura MDX is a 3.5-liter V6 engine. Honda, the parent company, uses this one as the largest and the most reliable unit in the family. Well, the luxury SUV is getting enough power. 290 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque are good for 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. It is 10 ponies more than the Pilot gets from the same drivetrain. Still, the fuel economy is not so great, but we can’t expect too much from a mid-size vehicle. A nine-speed automatic gearbox sends power to front-wheels. Engineers could replace the FWD with RWD for the new MDX.
A Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive is something that makes differences. We know the AWD is boosting traction, but in the case of MDX, this is the new level of driving.
The big advantage of the 2021 Acura MDX is its hybrid drivetrain. We will find it as the Sport Hybrid model which combines a 3.0-liter V6 engine with an electric battery. The output of this system is 320 hp, and that is more than Lexus RX 450h can do. The all-new Lincoln Aviator is at the same level. The Sport Hybrid SUV sends power to all four corners, meaning the SH-AWD is standard. Thanks to it, the vehicle manages to achieve 37 mpg combined.
2021 Acura MDX Type S
The company is developing the plug-in hybrid system for its flagship models. We already saw the Pilot testing this powerplant, but there are no details about the results. Of course, as a holder of the base hybrid version, Acura MDX will probably upgrade it with the PHEV model. Some sources say it could be the powertrain if the new Type S model. Further rumors are claiming the performance-oriented SUV will be able to produce 400 hp. Well, we won’t see Pilot with such outputs, but fans would be happy to see 2021 Acura MDX Type S achieving such numbers.
The premium SUV went through a small portion of changes in 2019, and the 2021 Acura MDX will be fully redesigned. The vehicle’s styling dates back from 2014. However, it is still unknown what is Acura up to. The new generation is also possible with a more powerful hybrid and Type S model.
Acura MDX is going to borrow some features from the smaller sibling, RDX. The new generation of the compact crossover was introduced in 2019 with all-new styling. Still, the MDX is a flagship model, so it could take the design to the next level.
The upcoming model will introduce a new infotainment system and more self-driving features. Honda promised such a car with Level 4 of autonomous drive in 2020. However, it is going to happen in Japan only. But, this is good news, since the technology will spread to other major markets very soon. We can expect all flagship models in the USA and Europe. The MDX and the mid-size SUV segment are becoming more and more important, so the autonomous drive is a probable upgrade for the new generation.
2021 Acura MDX Release Date and Price
The arrival schedule heavily depends on the level of changes on the 2021 Acura MDX. If the vehicle comes fully redesigned and in a new generation, then a big show will host its premiere. However, sales won’t start so soon. We can say the same about the price as well. Changes will make MDX cost closer to $50,000 for the base model. Still, the major question is – how much will Type S cost? With the PHEV system and outputs of 400 hp, we believe it will start above $70,000.
The new MDX is going to have a lot of rivals. The mid-size premium segment has never been more crowded. Lexus RX is a leader with the highest sales, while the Lincoln Aviator is the future star. The biggest rival to Acura’s model is Infiniti QX60. German carmakers are also popular in this class, with Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE, and BMW X5 ranking very good. Finally, we must not forget Volvo XC90, which already has the PHEV system under the hood.