Here’s The Interior That Acura Hopes Will Help The New MDX Stand Out

We’ve got new generations of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Mercedes GLA, Nissan Rogue and Ford Explorer, in addition to entirely new cars like the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Genesis GV80 and Ford Bronco, so a new fourth-generation Acura MDX arrives in the face of plentiful competition. I’m probably forgetting a lot of others! Sheesh, do automakers ever know where the money is.



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This blog, specifically, is about the MDX, new photos of which Acura released this week. The images show an updated interior for a vehicle that Acura says is intended to be its flagship. The 2021 MDX prototype — what the production version will look like more or less — will debut in full next week. But with the interior photos we get a glimpse of Acura’s next play in a very, very crowded marketplace, where every automaker seems determined to show off their newest Sunday best.

The MDX’s competitors are cars like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60 and Mercedes GLE, two of which — the X5 and GLE — were also updated in the past couple of years. You’d almost think that automakers know what really sells in the American marketplace.

Acura sold 52,019 MDXs last year, a 1 percent improvement over 2018. And while that number will probably shrink for 2020 because of (gestures to everything), it will probably still sell enough to be Acura’s second biggest seller in the U.S., behind the RDX, its little brother, as it was last year. The MDX will also get, as is necessary, some new interior tech that you will instantly forget:

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.

Which will be part of Acura’s play in a segment where consumers have a ton of choices. It’s not a great time to be alive if you’re someone who’s into small, sensibly priced cars, but if you love $50,000 SUVs it’s never been better.

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Acura teases the 2021 MDX’s interior just ahead of its reveal

Acura is teasing its upcoming next-generation MDX via some photos of the interior with lots of pretty colours.

The brand has already given us a small teaser of the exterior via a YouTube video, showing that the new MDX will borrow styling from Acura’s new S-Type sedan, which means more pronounced creases and more machismo.

Acura says the new MDX’s interior will be the “most premium and performance-focused” version of the SUV, and that it earned its “elevated status” as the brand’s flagship. Previously, the RLX was the brand’s “flagship,” but after Acura only sold 1,000 units, it got demoted.

Apparently Acura will reveal the MDX “Prototype,” but we’re guessing it’s going to look almost exactly like the production version. However, it won’t look anything like these photos in real life, mainly because you won’t have a team of people carrying around neon lights every where you go to make your MDX look good.

But what you will get in real life is three rows of seating, including second-row captain’s chairs. All seats feature quilted contrast stitching, and the front seats get a massage function. The dashboard also receives an upgrade in the form of “hand-wrapped” French seams.

The car is set to be revealed on October 14, where we’ll get a better look at the interior without all the pretty lights.

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2021 Acura MDX new interior design teased in latest video

The 2021 Acura MDX will debut in prototype form next week October 14, but that’s not stopping Acura from releasing a teaser video of the next-gen MDX’s classy, new interior. Acura’s flagship SUV is a solid contender in the three-row, seven-seat luxury segment, but the outgoing third-gen MDX’s lackluster interior is unworthy of praise.

All of that changes in the fourth-gen 2021 Acura MDX. Destined to arrive in North America by early or mid-2021, Acura claims its newest MDX is the most premium (i.e. the most luxurious) and highest-performing seven-seat SUV in the carmaker’s history. According to Acura, the incoming MDX prototype is worthy of becoming a flagship model with a fine blend of innovative design, better premium materials, and a bevy of class-leading tech features.

Based on Acura’s latest teaser video, the new MDX’s cabin is a sight to behold. The vehicle has a new Acura Precision Cockpit featuring a fully digital instrument display. Meanwhile, the central tunnel is home to a new drive mode feature, while the dashboard is flanked by a new HD infotainment system. The wider and lower instrument panel is accentuated by hand-wrapped leather, French stitching, and open-pore wood accents.

It’s hard to miss those new perforated Acura sport seats which, according to Acura, features a more sculpted form and quilted stitching in all three rows. The seats are also wider than before, while the front massaging seats will melt the stress away as you drive. Driving music is courtesy of an ELS Studio 3D ‘Signature Edition’ audio system with 25 speakers. Also new in the MDX is LED interior ambient lighting.

It all looks mightily good from our perspective. With its new exterior design and a brand spanking new interior, the 2021 Acura MDX is upping the ante against its main competitors like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Lexus RX 350, and Infiniti QX60.

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The 2021 Acura MDX’s Luxed-Up Interior Teased Before the Full Unveil

Despite the fact that its exterior design likely leaked earlier this year, we recently got our first teaser for the upcoming Acura MDX Prototype. It looks longer, leaner, and sharper than ever before. Now we’re being treated to a look at the MDX Prototype’s new interior, and the striking new design is clearly a shot at the big luxury brands.



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The most obvious changes are the brand new driver’s area, the addition of a fully digital driver’s display that the brand is calling the Acura Precision Cockpit, and a brand new central tunnel that contains a drive mode selector much like the one found in the NSX supercar. Another massive screen sits atop the dashboard, revealing a reworked infotainment system that’s more elegant than before.

Other photos reveal the new look to the seats. There’s now more detailing in the way of contrasting stitching and piping, as well as intricate quilting. It also looks like there are tiny holes for seat ventilation, too. The leather with the contrasting piping continues into the second (and perhaps even the third) row of the new MDX.

Lastly there’s a look at a brand new, 25-speaker ELS Studio 3D audio system. It features LED lights behind the speaker grilles, similar to the high-end systems from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. All in all, it looks like the MDX is going seriously upmarket, signaling Acura’s ambition to double down on both luxury and performance. The new MDX Prototype will be fully unveiled on October 14th, so stay tuned for everything you need to know about the next big SUV from Acura.

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Acura MDX teaser photos show an upscale interior

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After teasing us with an exterior image of the fourth-generation Acura MDX a week ago, Acura has now followed up with images of the interior. The exterior teaser was done up in “Tron” style, but these interior shots go beyond outlines to reveal some details that are much less obscured.

Acura promises the MDX will be the “most premium and performance-focused” version of the SUV yet and has earned “elevated status” as the brand’s flagship. (Only about 1,000 of the RLX were sold in North America last year, vs. 52,000 of the MDX, so it seems the big sedan got demoted as flagship. Aw.)

The MDX’s instrument panel is lower and wider, Acura says, and the interior is trimmed out in real open-pore wood. The leather dash is “hand-wrapped” with French seams. All three rows of seating surfaces are quilted, with perforations done in a gradated design, and there is contrasting piping and stitching. Massaging front seats add to the premium experience.

Acura promises a variety of new technologies in the cabin, including what it calls the Acura Precision Cockpit, along with a mighty wide-looking HD infotainment screen and Acura’s dynamic ELS Studio 3D sound system with 25 speakers. (Where do they put them all?)

After Acura did great things with the RDX and the new 2021 TLX, we expect the MDX redesign will follow suit in reinvigorating the brand. The MDX will likely offer the same engines as in the TLX: a 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the base engine, and a 355-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine as an option. But we should know more about all of the above when the prototype Acura MDX — albeit a very-near-production prototype — will be revealed next Wednesday, Oct. 14. 

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2021 Acura MDX interior teased, prototype to be unveiled Oct. 14

Acura is working on a redesign for the MDX. It’s the next introduction in Acura’s production transformation that kicked off with the arrival of the 2019 RDX and has continued with the arrival of the 2021 TLX.

Although both the new RDX and TLX have been on target, the new fourth-generation MDX is expected to be the most impressive yet of Acura’s redesigned lineup. Camouflaged prototypes have already been spotted and Acura will show us the design on October 14 with the reveal of a prototype.

2021 Acura MDX spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Acura looks to be going with evolutionary styling for the new MDX, though the vehicle will feature more sculpting for the surfaces, including a more prominent shoulder line running from the headlights to the taillights. We also know the new MDX will be longer, wider and lower than the current model, and it will also feature a sporty Type S variant.

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Inside, the MDX will take design cues from the NSX supercar and 2021 TLX sport sedan. The dashboard features a horizontal theme with with a start button on the center console below a pushbutton gear selector. A trackpad will control the large infotainment screen perched atop the dashboard like a tablet, and a digital gauge cluster will be available.

It isn’t clear what Acura has planned for the powertrains. The base option is likely to remain a naturally aspirated V-6, and there should also be a hybrid option. For the MDX Type S, power is likely to come from the 355-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 of the TLX Type S, although a performance hybrid configuration of some sort is also possible.

Acura hasn’t said when the new MDX will go on sale but it is expected to arrive as a 2021 model.

Beyond the new MDX, we know that Acura is working on a new compact sedan to replace the ILX. It should arrive in the next 12-24 months.

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2022 Acura MDX’s Interior Revealed in Photos and Video



a close up of a car: We can see the three-row SUV's new cabin has a more upscale design, larger infotainment screen, and a digital gauge cluster.


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We can see the three-row SUV’s new cabin has a more upscale design, larger infotainment screen, and a digital gauge cluster.

  • Photos and video tease the new upscale interior of the 2022 Acura MDX, revealing richer materials, a larger infotainment screen, the brand’s first digital gauge cluster, and a 25-speaker audio system.
  • The fourth generation of the MDX will be revealed next week and go on sale early next year.
  • Last year Acura sold about 50,000 MDXs, which was nearly a third of its total sales volume.

Today Acura released teaser images and a Tron-style video revealing the interior of the new 2022 MDX, which will go on sale early next year. The fourth generation of the three-row SUV will be unveiled on October 14, and Acura says it will be the most premium and performance-focused MDX its history. These overproduced illustrations seem to support that claim.

For now, Acura isn’t very forthcoming with information, but says that the SUV’s new dash is wider and lower, leather-wrapped, and trimmed with open-pore wood. Like the RDX and TLX, it will have a single oversize infotainment screen, which Acura calls “ultrawide” without giving dimensions. It appears to be the largest in the brand’s lineup and will be controlled with a touchpad on the console.

The MDX will also feature Acura’s first digital gauge cluster, which will have two configurations, and a 25-speaker ELS Studio 3D premium audio system with integrated LED ambient lighting. Its new sport seats will be heated and cooled and will offer multiple massage settings. Perforated leather with contrasting stitching and piping will cover all three rows. Acura calls the elaborate design stitched into the upholstery “curvilinear quilting.”

There’s seating for seven; however, the second-row seat appears to be split 40/20/40, so we suspect the center section is removable, leaving two captain’s chairs and improving third-row access. The SUV’s conventional shifter has been replaced with a pushbutton unit, and its three-spoke steering wheel is shared with the TLX. We can also see a panoramic sunroof, aluminum speaker grilles, and multiple drive settings including Normal, Sport, and Individual.

Consistently Acura’s best-selling model, the MDX makes up nearly a third of its sales, so Honda’s luxury brand has a lot riding on the redo of its largest SUV. Recently we published exterior spy shots of the SUV, which Acura says will be the new flagship of the brand. In those images it looks to be somewhat larger than the current model and is expected to share at least one of its engines with the recently introduced 2021 TLX. The 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 found in the sedan’s Type S performance variant is a sure bet for the SUV, which is now powered exclusively by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 290 hp. The MDX is also expected to get the latest version of Acura’s SH-AWD system and a10-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid model may follow down the road.

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2021 Acura MDX interior teased, prototype to be unveiled Oct. 14 via Type a message

Acura is working on a redesign for the MDX. It’s the next introduction in Acura’s production transformation that kicked off with the arrival of the 2019 RDX and has continued with the arrival of the 2021 TLX.

Although both the new RDX and TLX have been on target, the new fourth-generation MDX is expected to be the most impressive yet of Acura’s redesigned lineup. Camouflaged prototypes have already been spotted and Acura will show us the design on October 14 with the reveal of a prototype.

2021 Acura MDX spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Acura MDX spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Acura looks to be going with evolutionary styling for the new MDX, though the vehicle will feature more sculpting for the surfaces, including a more prominent shoulder line running from the headlights to the taillights. We also know the new MDX will be longer, wider and lower than the current model, and it will also feature a sporty Type S variant.

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Acura MDX Prototype teaser

Inside, the MDX will take design cues from the NSX supercar and 2021 TLX sport sedan. The dashboard features a horizontal theme with with a start button on the center console below a pushbutton gear selector. A trackpad will control the large infotainment screen perched atop the dashboard like a tablet, and a digital gauge cluster will be available.

It isn’t clear what Acura has planned for the powertrains. The base option is likely to remain a naturally aspirated V-6, and there should also be a hybrid option. For the MDX Type S, power is likely to come from the 355-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 of the TLX Type S, although a performance hybrid configuration of some sort is also possible.

Acura hasn’t said when the new MDX will go on sale but it is expected to arrive as a 2021 model.

Beyond the new MDX, we know that Acura is working on a new compact sedan to replace the ILX. It should arrive in the next 12-24 months.

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Acura MDX interior teasers reveal digital gauge cluster, massaging seats and more

The MDX’s interior looks to be a big step up.


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Acura released a bunch of new MDX teasers on Thursday, this time showing its next-generation SUV’s interior. We got our first glimpse at the new MDX last week, in a very rad teaser that looks like it’s straight out of an ’80s video game. We’re glad Acura is continuing that neon-esque theme with these new photos.

The new MDX will be revealed in prototype form on Wednesday, Oct. 14, but despite this not-quite-finished status, it should give us a pretty good idea of what to expect from Acura’s next-generation three-row SUV. For now, the company confirms the prototype will have open-pore wood, hand-wrapped leather with French stitching and quilted, massaging front seats.

On the technology front, the MDX looks to be chock full of the good stuff, with a high-definition infotainment display, 25-speaker ELS premium audio system, LED ambient lighting and a fully digital gauge cluster. It’s unclear if Acura’s infotainment technology will be any different than what’s found in the new TLX sedan, though the center screen looks a little bigger here in the MDX.

Overall, even in these teasers, we like what we see. The two-tone steering wheel is something you don’t commonly find outside of superpremium cars, and the stitching on the seats looks fantastic. The general cockpit design reminds us a lot of the TLX, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, even if the center stack is kind of busy and still has that huge Dynamic Mode knob right in the middle.

We’ll have the full scoop on the Acura MDX when it officially debuts next week, so check back then for more.

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