Unchanged model for the upcoming season means a lot of novelties for the 2021 Acura MDX. And we have the first spy photos, speculations, and possible upgrades for the premium mid-size SUV. Well, it is time for the new generation, but we will see if the Japanese carmaker is ready for this step. Either way, after a few updates, this model launched in 2014 is still pretty attractive and meets all the needs of a modern driver.
The redesign is going to bring a lot of interesting changes. But, the most interesting thing about the 2021 Acura MDX lays under the bonnet. At this moment, we can find the SUV with a standard petrol configuration and the hybrid version. Since the new Honda Pilot is spied with the PHEV technology, this update could happen on the premium model as well.
The expectations of the MDX are high. Mid-size class is growing and more buyers are choosing these vehicles. Well, the stumbling block is the price of the luxury class, but you will definitely get more of everything inside the cabin. Still, the competition is very tough and the upcoming 2021 YM is going to bring some surprises.
Under the hood of the 2021 Acura MDX will be the same 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine. This is the largest unit Honda as a parent company has to offer. Well, we believe the drivetrain needs a boost from a current 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, this one was serving as one of the most reliable units in the market. It is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Definitely, the highlight of the entire system is Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). It enhances stability and traction and the MDX is offering one of the best maneuvering skills in the mid-size SUV class.
Sport Hybrid Could Become PHEV
While the base engine is underachieving and delivering less power than the competition, a Sport Hybrid variant combines a 3.0-liter powerplant with an electric battery. In this case, the system produces 320 horsepower, which is more than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid can do. Well, the improvements are on the way, according to some sources.
The new Honda Pilot, MDX’s non-premium sibling, was spotted with the heavy camo, but the covers couldn’t hide the opening for the PHEV charging. There is no further info about this model, but speculations say the new version is on the way. What is it all about, read in the next paragraph.
2021 Acura MDX Type S
This is a kind of a dream car. The SUV is about to get special treatment under the bonnet. As said, we can hear that the new PHEV version is going to upgrade the existing hybrid that comes up with 320 hp. After the boost, the 2021 Acura MDX Type S will be able to deliver 400 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid system is getting larger batteries and there is a possibility of driving this model by using the electric power only. The range is still a mystery, but we expect around 30 miles from the upcoming MDX.
Besides the drivetrain, the styling is also getting special treatment. The company was out of the performance market for a long time, and the plug-in version of the SUV could announce the big comeback. Because of that, designers will put an extra effort to make the vehicle more attractive. Unique details, special parts, and advanced safety and infotainment options are waiting for buyers of the Type S model.
What is the 2021 Acura MDX A-Spec?
This is not the performance upgrade for the new SUV. The A-Spec package brings unique 20.5-inch wheels. Also, there are plenty of other cosmetic changes, but it is still early to know details about the suite. Grille, colors, exhaust system, and a few other details will make the A-Spec package easily recognizable on the streets. The interior is also special, with black and red upholstery. Leather is available as the optional upgrade, while the dashboard is getting a few eye-catching details. Currently, this upgrade costs $3,500. If you need more equipment, Acura offers Entertaining package with huge displays and premium audio system. Extra USB ports and ventilation for front seats are standard upgrades, while exterior additions are fog lights, roof rails, and a moonroof.
When Will 2021 Acura MDX be Available?
With the model for 2020 season out, we can expect some early announcements for the 2021 Acura MDX. Still, the sales are not starting before the fall. Also, the redesign will change the price. Currently, the MDX costs under $45,000 but the new version will add a grand or two. Definitely, upgrades will make it worse – fully loaded SUV will cost above $60k. We are waiting for updates about the Type S model. As the performance-oriented version, we can expect it in the region of $80,000.