Acura’s best-selling full-size SUV isn’t due for a full model change for at least a year but might realign its design language to their new concept. A TOV reader spotted a refreshed 2017 Acura MDX on the streets of L.A. sporting some light camouflage.
Update Feb. 24, 2016: Acura dropped a teaser of the 2017 Acura MDX before its unveil at the NY Auto Show!
When Acura unveiled its Precision Concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, it was more than a design study. The Precision Concept was a guiding compass for the rest of Acura’s product lineup. It’s no lie that we’re big fans of the Temple of VTEC and according to the latest bit of news coming from them earlier Monday, there’s a strong possibility that Acura might throw a minor model change at the 2017 Acura MDX. Check out the image they tweeted below and click here to check out the rest of the exclusive album.
When the Acura Precision Concept was unveiled, we bid farewell to Acura’s beak grill and said hello to what the industry is calling the Diamond Pentagon Grill. The Acura MDX in these photos is definitely hiding something underneath that front camo.
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Acura also unveiled a new 10-speed automatic transmission by ZF earlier last year that earned some rave reviews from journalists who tested it out on the track. Although Acura hasn’t said a peep on what 2017 brings for the Acura MDX, we wouldn’t be surprised if they upped efficiency and driveability just a bit by throwing in a 10-speed automatic to replace that other 9-speed unit also by ZF.
Whatever is in store for the MDX, it will most likely be a shift towards sportiness and away from luxury (although it’s not like Acura will neglect that aspect.) MDX sales have been strong for quite some time with the trend favoring crossovers and SUV’s. Just last month, Acura pushed out over 6,000 units off showroom floors.
The MDX will continue to sell strong and will most likely sport a new look soon. We wonder how Acura will take its own advice with the Precision Concept when it comes to showcasing sportiness to those in the market for an SUV.