If you expected a lot from the 2020 Acura MDX Type S, then get ready for disappointment. Spy photos are showing the test mule, but the prototype is shown only with a new grille. Besides that, enthusiasts can’t find too much more.
Well, the good thing is that the rumors are coming true. The mid-size SUV could enter the new generation in next year or two. A major part of that update will be the Type S performance-oriented model.
We still don’t know exactly what type of engine the sporty SUV is going to use. Some sources are saying that 3.5-liter mill is getting a hybrid treatment. This combination will be good for around 400 horsepower. Also, there are few other drivetrains in the mix.
Furthermore, the 2020 Acura MDX Type S will also suffer some cosmetic updates to present the sportier body and interior. The cabin is getting a premium treatment of an already luxurious SUV with new buckets.
What is Type S?
A not too long time ago we saw the debut of the Type S concept by Acura. The grille is the same as the one we saw on the MDX SUV test mule. Well, on the sedan prototype we saw the rest of the body, which could be adopted by the SUV. The last Type S vehicle was on the market more than ten years ago.
On the concept model, we can see LED lights with “Jewel Eye” shape. Taillights are halogen with a special shape, which must be adapted for the 2020 Acura MDX Type S. It is a Chicane styling that the company implements on the new models. Unique paints are also on the way and the prototype showed the Pearl Blue Apex color.
The company confirmed there will be at least two Type S models next season. TLX sedan is certain after the concept being shown on this vehicle. Also, there is a model from a crossover/SUV category. Many believed it could be a compact RDX, but the recent spy photos dismissed all dilemmas. The 2020 Acura MDX Type S is the performance-oriented SUV for the next season.
2020 Acura MDX Type S Specs
Under the bonnet of the standard MDX SUV is a 3.5-liter V6 engine. However, 290 horsepower is not enough for the Type S badge. The hybrid configuration is built upon the 3.0-l V6 unit. Electric battery boosts the outputs to 320 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque.
The new 2020 Acura MDX Type S is going to use a 3.5-liter V6 engine for the hybrid configuration. Leaked sources are claiming that engineers will tune the system to deliver around 400 hp. With such an upgrade, do not expect much better fuel economy. Well, fans will appreciate the boost of power rather than extra miles.
According to rumors, the hybrid powertrain is going to send power to all wheels only. We still don’t know if the new system is going to use a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (available for standard hybrid), or a nine-speed automatic gearbox (mated to a 3.5-l V6).
The biggest clue we have of the 2020 Acura MDX Type S are spy photos. However, there are no big details unveiling styling tweaks. There is a new grille, the same as the one we saw at the premiere of Type S sedan. Also, the test mule is showing quad exhaust tips. That means the Type S is getting more power but doesn’t hint what kind of drivetrain is delivering that energy.
2020 Acura MDX Type S Release Date
The arrival of the performance-oriented SUV will announce the comeback of the Type S badge to the lineup. In the future, more and more vehicles are going to get this treatment. Spy photos of the 2020 Acura MDX Type S hiding most of the body, but the SUV seems to be nearly production-ready.
Whatsoever, the Type S is not arriving so soon. The company is giving hints, but there is no official info about this vehicle. Some sources say the SUV will be here at the beginning of 2020.
What’s new for the Standard Edition?
Acura MDX is heading to the new generation. The Type S will definitely help it position higher in the mid-size SUV segment. Current edition dates back from 2014 and the latest facelift happened in 2017. Now, it is time for the big update to refresh the complete offer. When the Type S enters the market, we believe the company is not going to discontinue it so soon.
The 2020 Acura MDX Type S is not going to face too many competitors. the premium segment is crowded, but there are no performance-tuned versions. The main rivals, Lexus RX and Lincoln Aviator are using standard versions of drivetrains. The BMW X5M and Mercedes GLE AMG will be true competitors with its new hybrid and PHEV drivetrains.