The 2020 Acura MDX could start a new generation. But, it is just a presumption. There is no official word about it. But, the latest generation of the mid-size SUV was launched in 2014. It only brought a facelift in 2017. Now, it is time for a larger revisit and more updates. All these modifications could change the look of the Acura MDX and lead the model into the next series.
What do we know so far about the 2020 Acura MDX? The SUV was spotted under a heavy camo. With the new 2019 year model already out, there are no doubts we saw the vehicle for the next season. Well, spy shots are not unveiling too much. So, we will have to wait for panels to drop to see what changes MDX SUV could bring. The next-gen model will bring back many trim levels, with A-Spec as the most interesting one. Turbo and plug-in hybrid models are possible, but these, along with other details, still need a confirmation from company sources.
What Will The 2020 Acura MDX Look Like?
The new 2020 Acura MDX will definitely bring a lot of changes. Both the exterior and interior will present a fresh look and features. We believe the vehicle is heading into a new generation since its closest sibling Acura RDX launched its third series in for 2019 season. The larger SUV with three rows of seats must follow modern trends. Also, its compact sibling could help MDX by borrowing some design solutions.
2020 Acura MDX vs Acura RDX
The main difference between these two models was in size. With the new generation of the smaller RDX out in the market, there are lot more visible transformations on its body. Whatsoever, the two models are using a similar concept, when the MDX updates its look, it will be pretty much the same as for the RDX. Well, everything will be larger. Also, an extra year for development puts 2020 Acura MDX in advantage. During that period, men in the company could install the latest features that evolve so fast. So, a year could seem to be a short period of time. But when it is about technology, so many changes are possible.
2020 Acura MDX Changes, Rumors
The new 2020 Acura MDX is going to introduce a refreshed look. That includes pretty much everything. Designers are working on a new grille, hood and side skirts. Whatsoever, dimensions of the SUV remains the same. In the third generation, the vehicle is 194 inches long. Well, this model could use more of cargo room. With the three-row layout, the storage area is not so generous as for rivals with two-rows of seats. Taillight and liftgate will get new shapes. Wheels are going to present the new design, but with the same size – starting from 18-inch, with optional trim levels and packages offering 19- and 20-inch rims.
When you see a vehicle under the camo you know its release date is getting closer. So it is with 2020 Acura MDX. Its predecessor, model for 2019 is out. The company is now testing features and body parts of the next edition. But, since these are the first images available, we are not getting too much. Heavy camouflage is covering most of the body. However, the main thing is the spy photos are giving us clues about the upcoming arrival of Acura MDX 2020. Also, heavy camouflage is hiding something. It ticks our imagination about what we could expect.
2020 Acura MDX Engine, Specs, Hybrid
The current edition of the mid-size SUV has petrol and a hybrid drivetrain in the offer. The first one is a 3.5-liter V6. This unit is also a drivetrain for Honda’s flagship SUV model, Pilot. The engine is also good for the premium segment. It can produce 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The combined fuel economy is 22/23 mpg depending on setup. A nine-speed automatic transmission is a standard combination with front-wheel drive. The other option includes all-wheel drive mode.
Another alternative is a hybrid drivetrain. The 2020 Acura MDX will use a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine as a base. It is paired with electric motors for 320 total hp output. This combo is also good for 290 pound-feet of torque. The fuel economy jumps to 28 mpg both for city and highway drive.
The next edition of the mid-size SUV should get a plug-in hybrid variant. Officials from the carmaker confirmed this kind of drivetrain is in plans for both Honda Pilot and a premium vehicle. Nevertheless, further details are not available, since the development is in the first stages.
Acura MDX Turbo
The company could add a turbocharged engine for the upcoming 2020 Acura MDX. That could be the same 3.5 V6 mill the base model uses. The Turbo version of the engine is also under the hood of Acura NSX. Engineers will deliver the new 2020 Acura MDX Turbo with an output of 400 hp.
Nevertheless, this is not the only option. The powertrain used in a hybrid setup could also get turbochargers. However, this model can go up to 350 horsepower and it is not proven as the first option. Engineers unveiled the work is in progress, but for further details, fans will have to wait.
The MDX Type S version with 400 hp is announced for 2021.
2020 Acura MDX A-Spec
The main change for the new 2019 is an A-Spec trim level. According to the first feedbacks, this will be the most interesting model in the current SUV lineup. That gives fans hope the same trim will return for the next edition. The 2020 Acura MDX A-Spec would be sportier with new color options and unique suspension. Larger wheels and distinctive details are definitely something that boosts aggressiveness.
When Does 2020 Acura MDX Come Out?
The model for 2019 is already available. With so much time left in 2018, we can say the SUV arrived pretty early. Is the same scenario being prepared for 2020 Acura MDX? Very probably, especially if it enters the new generation. Some of the large car shows are where we expect it. Do not be surprised if we see the first preview in Detroit or New York. At the same time in 2019, the new model for the following year is going to be out at dealerships.