While the headlines are still full of news about new A-Spec version, the Japanese manufacturer is actually working on something much bigger, if we can trust the latest reports. That would be a brand-new, next-generation 2020 Acura MDX. The new performance version was introduced last year, probably to fill the gap until the completely new model arrives.
This time, we are about to see significant changes in all aspects. How the new 2020 MDX will look like, it is still early to say. So far, we can speculate about the new platform, styling and other design solutions. Also, it seems quite certain that the company is going to offer some brand-new electrified variants. The new model will hit the market probably in about a year, eventually a year and a half. However, we expect to see the new model on some major auto show first.
2020 Acura MDX redesign
The current generation of this mid-size three-row luxury crossover is present since 2014. It looks quite fresh, but if we consider that this class is one of the most demanding segments in the car industry, shorter life cycles seem quite logical. This redesign would bring improvements in various aspects. Of course, people always notice new styling first, but much more important things are under the skin.
The 2020 Acura MDX should get a completely new architecture. It should be a platform that will be later used for the next-generation Pilot, which will probably come in the early 2020’s. At the moment, it is hard to predict how the new platform will look like, though it’s easy to presume that we are about to see some significant weight savings, thanks to the use of materials such as aluminum or HSS. This aspect is significant for the overall efficiency, which includes fuel economy as well, so important thing in these days.
The new architecture will surely bring improvements in other aspects as well. A wheelbase could be a little longer, but a better use of space is the thing that will provide more room for the passengers. The current model comes with three rows of seating. We expect that the new 2020 Acura MDX will continue in the same way, though with more legroom on in the second and third row, as well as in the cargo area.
2020 Acura MDX Styling
When it comes to styling, many experts believe that the company is about o launch a completely new design language in the next few years. This would mean a completely new styling philosophy that will characterize all future models, including 2020 Acura MDX. This crossover has been updated last year. For that occasion, we have seen a bunch of novelties. There are new headlights, a new grille, bumper and several other modifications.
The updated model should point to the brand’s new design language, at least its main characteristics. Also, consider recent novelties that A-Spec version has brought, as another thing to look. The 2020 Acura MDX will get a completely new suit. Expect plenty of new, sharper lines, better aerodynamics and much more. However, the very base contour will remain unchanged. There is no place for some radical changes in such a demanding market.
2020 Acura MDX Interior design
Although it is a way to early to speculate about the interior, we are sure that the 2020 Acura MDX is about to get significant improvements. So far, this was considered as the model’s weakest point. Pretty much all competitors offer more luxurious cabin, with better-quality materials, but with more tech features as well. For that reason, we have no doubt that the next generation of this amazing SUV will come with a lot of improvements in this aspects. The new cabin should feature a completely new layout, with more horizontal lines, premium materials, and largely digitalized dashboard. Of course, expect to see a bunch of new technologies, not only larger touchscreens and similar things, but also a bunch of advanced safety and driver-assist systems.
New Acura MDX A-Spec To Fill the Gap
Until we see a completely new model, you can enjoy the new A-Spec version, which definitely can point to some of the things that could find their place in the next-generation model. The new model is some kind of a performance version, which comes with numerous visual tweaks, with a new drivetrain and chassis components as well. Of course, the focus in on the new Super Handling–All-Wheel Drive, a drive system that has been in use for the new hybrid version. This is an advanced AWD system, which takes handling to the completely next level. Basically, it is something similar to what we can see in NSX supercar, just like it is the case with the advanced three-electric motor hybrid powertrain.
2020 Acura MDX Powertrain
Another aspect where we expect to see significant improvements is the powertrain. The current model is available in two variants. The base model comes with a familiar 3.5-liter engine, which proved itself for so many times. It is definitely one of the more reliable and most durable engines that you can find around. In this version, it delivers around 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An amount of power that provides solid acceleration, but decent fuel economy as well.
On the other side, there is an advanced hybrid powertrain in the offer as well. It is a system that combines familiar V6 engine with three electric motors and advanced Super Handling–All-Wheel Drive system. A total amount of power goes up to 321 horsepower, which provides even better performances that the base V6 version. Fuel economy is also on a decent level and goes around 27 miles per gallon in a combined drive.
For the 2020 Acura MDX, we could expect a lot of improvements in this aspect. One of the possibilities is to see a new turbo inline-four engine in the offer, which would attract a wider range of buyers, thanks to its efficiency. Of course, the current V6 should carry over, but with few tweaks that would provide more power, higher mpg, and better overall efficiency. Finally, a hybrid version should be updated, though the base specs will probably remain the same.
2020 Acura MDX release date and price
The next-generation 2020 Acura MDX is still waiting for the official confirmation. So far, we can only presume that the new model could come in about a year or two. When it comes to price, we expect no bigger changes, so the new model should go in a range between 45.000 and 60.000 dollars, roughly. All competitors are pretty much well-known. There are models like Lexus RX, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 and many others.