All-New Acura MDX Will Add A Type S Variant

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After revealing the sharp-looking Acura MDX prototype, the luxury marque announced that the three-row SUV would benefit from a sporty Type S variant. Acura’s clearly doubling down on making sporty vehicles, that much is clear from the all-new TLX, which is also offered in a Type S trim. And while details on the MDX Type S are in short supply, we have a good idea of what we can expect from the performance-oriented SUV.

Power for the MDX Type S comes from the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that's found in the TLX Type S. Official output isn’t available yet, but Acura believes the engine will produce around 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. If those figures hold true for the production version, the MDX Type S would be the most powerful SUV Acura has ever made. The engine should be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive coming standard.

Beyond the engine, details on the SUV are scarce. Acura claims the MDX Type S will have “Type S-levels of performance” thanks to a double-wishbone front suspension setup – a first for the MDX nameplate. Additionally, the MDX will have the most rigid body Acura has ever made, which should help the Type S with handling.

While Acura didn’t say anything about the MDX Type S’ design, we’re expecting the SUV to have a sportier design. Black exterior trim pieces, larger wheels, more aggressive exhaust outlets, and distinct front and rear fascias are all possibilities for the sporty SUV.

Luxury automakers have been quick to introduce high-performance midsize SUVs. The Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class are all available with high-performance powertrains and performance components. Unfortunately, with 355 hp, the MDX Type S certainly won’t be a match for AMG models or BMW’s M division, but a sporty SUV from Acura with performance just shy of those sounds like a good thing. Honestly, we’re just happy to see Acura really focusing on manufacturing vehicles that emphasize performance.

The new, fourth-gen MDX will go on sale early next year. Consumers will have to wait until next summer to buy the MDX Type S.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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