The 2013 Detroit Auto Show is shaping up to be a busy one, and we’re not just talking about Chevrolet Corvettes. Acura announced today that it will be unveiling as prototype version of its 2014 Acura MDX, and to be honest, it can’t come a moment too soon.
Despite the fact that the Acura MDX is one of the best vehicles the company current offers, it’s also the oldest vehicle in its lineup, and it’s starting to show. For example, while the interior is luxurious and comfortable, it’s also saddled with an old-tech pile of buttons on the center stack that looks busy and is confusing to use. Compared to the elegant and relatively button-free interior of the 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan just unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the MDX looks downright primitive.
All that will surely change when the new vehicle goes on sale. Exactly how it will change is still largely a mystery, since all we have to go on at this point is a dark red teaser illustration that, frankly, doesn’t really show much. We see hints of a revised grille and front bumper, swollen fenders over the front and rear wheels, and revised side windows with a sloping rear roof. Imagine a bigger version of the 2013 Acura RDX, and you’re probably about 80 percent of the way there. We expect the MDX to carry on with the same 310-horespower V-6 engine that’s in the RLX sedan, and it’s at least even odds that the 2014 Acura MDX will boast the same hybrid-based all-wheel drive system as well. More details to come as the show gets closer.