2019 Acura MDX A-Spec Adds Sportiness To Three-Row Ability

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Type-S performance variants are also coming.

At the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the Acura MDX became the latest member of the family to add a sporty A-Spec package.

The MDX A-Spec gets an aggressive front fascia, body-color lower sills, and larger-diameter exhaust. The grille, window surrounds, rear tailgate spoiler, and headlights feature gloss-black and dark chrome accents. Larger 10-spoke, 20-inch Shark Grey alloy wheels give the A-Spec a stand-out appearance.

Inside, the sporty enhancements continue. The seats receive red or black trim on the leather seats, which feature Alcantara inserts, and high-contrast stitching. Other interior features include unique A-Spec gauges, sport pedals, an A-Spec badge on the thicker-rimmed steering wheel, A-Spec doorstep sills, and carbon-look console trim.

Standard equipment includes both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and AcuraWatch, the automaker's suite of safety features that includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation braking.

The MDX A-Spec means Acura offers the sport appearance trim on several of its models, which includes the ILX, TLX, and RDX. While Acura's A-Spec line – represented by the MDX, as well as the TLX, RDX, and ILX – is growing, it's only the vanguard for a more concerted performance effort from the company. The automaker will bring back the Type-S performance variant over the next couple of years, which will include a dedicated turbocharged V6 engine, track-tuned chassis, high-performance tires, more powerful brakes, and exterior and interior touches.

The 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec goes on sale this summer.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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