• The MDX Prototype Could Amplify Acura’s Newfound Technological Dominance

The fourth-generation Acura MDX debuts this week with stunning interior

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Seven years old as of 2020, the third-generation Acura MDX is on its way out. A much-improved fourth-gen model is underway for an October 14 unveiling, but the SUV we’re going to see later this week is a prototype of the upcoming production model.

Acura just unveiled images and details of the new MDX’s interior and it all looks very promising. Not only a step up in terms of premium features, it also comes with brand-new technology and upgraded connectivity. The digital displays are also much bigger than before. Let’s have a closer look below.

The new Acura MDX interior is plain gorgeous

Granted, the cabin looks fancier than it really is with all that lighting, but it’s pretty obvious that it will look nice in natural light too. The cabin looks a lot more luxurious than before. The design and craftsmanship are superb, with every layer of the dashboard and the wraparound leather surfaces of the center console speaking volumes of how much effort Acura has put into the fourth-gen SUV.

The dashboard is lower than before, which provides a clear view of the road ahead. But it also looks more elegant and feels wider now.

There’s leather and high-quality stitching on the upper area, while the center is a big piece of piano black trim. Acura mentions new open-pore wood trim, so you can probably get it as an option for various surfaces. There’s also French stitching and leather-wrapped lower areas that "embrace" the center stack and center console.

The MDX Prototype Could Amplify Acura's Newfound Technological Dominance
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The new MDX will be equipped with new sports seats with sculpted sides and curvilinear quilting for all three rows. They’re also fitted with high-contrast stitching and piping in a variety of colors. The front seats feature multi-mode massage functions, but Acura doesn’t say if it comes standard on base models too. Probably not.

Tech-wise, the fourth-generation MDX will debut the company’s new Precision Cockpit, which combines a large, all-digital instrument cluster and an ultra-wide infotainment screen placed atop the dashboard. There’s no word on features and capability, but it should include Acura’s latest tech plus a few new features.

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Acura also mentions a new, premium audio system with 25 speakers and integrated LED ambient lighting, but it’s probably optional for most trims and standard only on the most expensive model.

We will find out more about the upcoming 2021 Acura MDX on October 14, so stay tuned for a review of the prototype model.

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Acura’s new flagship SUV takes a quantum leap forward in interior design, premium craftsmanship and technology
Fourth-generation MDX set for virtual reveal in prototype form Wednesday, Oct. 14
Acura today provided a glimpse of the dramatic new interior of the fourth-generation MDX ahead of its global debut, in prototype form, Oct. 14. The MDX Prototype presages the arrival of the new, fourth-generation Acura MDX, launching early next year as the most premium and performance-focused MDX in Acura history. The MDX Prototype will showcase the complete transformation of MDX’s seven-passenger interior to reflect its elevated status as the flagship of the Acura lineup, featuring a striking design, rich and authentic materials, and an array of signature new Acura technologies.

The reimagined MDX cabin, previewed in a video released today, sets a new high-watermark for Acura interior design and craftsmanship, communicating performance and sophistication in every detail. The new wider and lower instrument panel, designed for both elegance and a clear view of the road ahead, compliments the new look of MDX and is accented with authentic open-pore wood and hand-wrapped leather with French stitching.

Next-generation Acura sport seats offer a more sculpted form with curvilinear quilting in all three rows, along with gradient perforation, and high-contrast stitching and piping. First-class seating comfort, afforded by a wider body design, is enhanced with multi-mode front-seat massage functionality.

Signature Acura technologies debuting in the new MDX Prototype will include the Acura Precision Cockpit™ all-digital driver’s meter, an ultra-wide full-HD center display, and a next-level, 25-speaker "Signature Edition" ELS Studio 3D® premium audio system with integrated LED ambient lighting.

Coming on the heels of the highly successful Acura RDX and the just-launched 2021 TLX sport sedan, the all-new MDX will represent the brand’s most ambitious and far-reaching product redesign since the launch of the second-generation NSX hybrid electric supercar.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to expressive styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the ILX and TLX sport sedans, the RDX and MDX sport-utility vehicles and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar. All Acura models sold in North America for the 2021 model year are made in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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