A prototype of an Acura MDX SUV called MD-X was first demonstrated at the Detroit Auto Show and aroused great interest. The production of the model for the US market began in the fall of 2000 at the Canadian Honda plant. Under normal conditions, the MD-X is a car with front-wheel drive, the four-wheel drive only connects when the front wheels slide. Instead of the usual viskomufty used for this plate clutch, they are controlled by an electromagnet.
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This all-wheel drive car with a transverse power unit, 5-speed automatic transmission and a monocoque body. The gasoline engine (240 hp, 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder) with aluminum block is equipped with a camshaft control and a valve lift control system (VTEC), which allows it to extend the range of 95 percent of maximum torque of 332 Nm from 2000 to 5000 rpm crankshaft. To disperse up to a hundred, a car takes only 8.5 seconds, a great indicator for an SUV! But something else is surprising: with this temperament, MDX has a very moderate appetite. The average fuel consumption is just over 10 l / 100 km (generally, the 3.5 liter jeeps absorb around 15 l / 100 km). The new VTM-4 all-wheel drive system automatically redistributes the torque between the axles, depending on the grip on the road. Exclusive tires with a universal tread pattern size 235/65 R17 provide an excellent balance of cross-country driving. The elegant laconic lines of the body give the car a sporty look. Inside, genuine leather, aluminum panels and upholstery are used fifth wheel cover near me.
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The center console has a large size, the seats of the second and third rows are folded, forming a flat load area. The air conditioning is controlled independently of the front and rear seats. The list of standard cabin equipment includes: immobilizer, cruise control, sunroof, on-board computer, seven-speaker audio system and CD changer. The inflatable cushions of the new generation, including the lateral ones, the body with zones of absorption of energy, the protective bars in the door: all this fulfills the most demanding requirements, which suggests that the test of shock Acura 4×4 NHTSA can obtain a high five-star rating. It is curious that the on-demand machine can be equipped with a special “winter” package, which includes special tires, heated seats, more powerful glass cleaning nozzles with antifreeze, a solid tank and reinforced door seals. In September 2013, the Acura brand in Moscow announced the official entry into the Russian market.
According to Acura experts, MDX is a good compromise between practicality, unity and prestige. This model is aimed at rich buyers. The manufacturer positions the Acura MDX as a competitor to advanced offers in the premium SUV market: Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, Infiniti FX, Volvo XC90. Despite the 7-seat design, the SUV does not look obese and has an energy profile. Exterior MDX 2014 received a new style, which Acura called Executive Aero Sculpture, noting that it was he who improved the aerodynamic characteristics of the crossing by 17%. The front is a unified composition of the multi-section elongated grille LED headlights and the Jewel Eye ™ daytime running lights. There are more pieces of metal. The curves of the relief lines on the bonnet are combined with folds in the side walls, and the metal edge of the profile glazing is in harmony with the chrome roof rails. The horizontal taillights, like the headlights, are joined by a chrome strip, and a tall diffuser houses a pair of diamond-shaped reflectors, also accentuated by the brightness of the metal. Depending on the vehicle, it can be shoes with 18 or 19-inch wheels. This includes high strength steels, aluminum and magnesium. In this regard, the car has become lighter and more rigid. The total length of the 2014 MDX is 4934 mm, the width is 1962 mm and the height of the vehicle is 1716 mm. The size of the wheelbase increased compared to the predecessor, reaching 2820 millimeters.
Within the automobile, much attention is paid to the functionality and comfort of the passengers. Soft plastic, slightly rough and pleasant to the touch, delicate with profiled designs and veneer inserts. By the way, there are three variants of interior design, but in all wood inserts are the same: the designers are especially proud of this element of the decoration, handmade with olive ash. They also worked on the controls: the buttons are very well placed in the center of the console. Part of the buttons transferred to the driver’s door. As a result, none of the elements of the control panel is not overloaded, and you can find the desired function at the level of intuition. The driver’s seat has the ability to adjust electrically in ten directions. All the driver’s seat settings are remembered and loaded depending on which of the two keys the car is open. It became much easier to reach the third row of seats, due to the fact that the height of the cabin increased by 5 cm, and the width by 7.5 cm. There is a one-touch Walk-In feature, with which the chair in the center row moves forward at the touch of a button.
The third row of seats offers from 71 cm to 80 cm of legroom. The most complete car kit completes the image: a multimedia system with a separate DVD and CD player, a giant screen and an individual audio and video input for the rear passengers, a 529-watt audio system with 12 speakers, heated steering wheel with all electrical settings, panoramic cameras for the parking system, HDMI input, etc., not to mention the individual climate for each passenger and the heated rear sofa. The trunk is 447 liters. It can be extended to 2 548.5 liters, if you add the second and third row of seats. The previous 3.7-liter V6 engine with direct injection was replaced by a representative of the new range of Honda engines: Earth Dreams. It is equipped with an intelligent variable cylinder management system (variable cylinder management). Thus, under the hood of the MDX hides a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 290 hp. and 362 Nm of maximum torque, which is 10 hp less compared to last year. The engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, which remains the only option for this model. But, due to the reduced weight of the car and the size of the engine, the fuel consumption decreased slightly.
Previously, it was 14.7 l / 100 km in the city and 11.2 liters per 100 km on the highway. The Acura MDX 2014 fuel consumption is estimated at 13.07 l / 100 km in the city and 8.7 l / 100 km on the road for the models with all-wheel drive. For models with front-wheel drive, consumption is 11.8 l / 100 km in the city and 8.4 l / 100 km on the road. For the first time, the front-wheel drive version was proposed. She was the answer to the demands of buyers, because not everyone needs a car with all-wheel drive. There are enough car owners who prefer a model with reduced weight and front-wheel drive. Acura engineers paid special attention to the development of the patented super intelligent drive system with four-wheel drive. The system itself brakes the sliding wheels with dynamic acceleration and also redistributes the torque as a function of the dynamic load on the axles. In various situations, the redistribution varies in the ratio of 90/10 to 30/70 to the front / rear axle, and can also move completely along the sides of the longitudinal axis. The aggressiveness of the SH-AWD system, as well as the steering effort, can be corrected by the integrated dynamic control system (IDS), which provides cushioning.
Interior and exterior – more luxury, more elections
Based on major design updates in 2017 and key technology in 2018, the 2019 Acura MDX includes interior enhancements designed to increase the luxury ratio. New features include the availability of the authentic Desert Olive Ash wood edge, high-contrast stitching on the seats and door panels, and contrasting side trim on the front seat. Driver and front passenger seats now feature four-way automatic lumbar adjustment as standard equipment, while Tecnology and Entertainment packages receive an updated second-row seat configuration, allowing easy access to the third row. The MDX with the Advance Package adds a wooden edge to the exclusive center console of the version. The newly designed 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels adorn the Advance Package with a machined finish and touches of Shark Gray, acquiring half an inch more in width (compared to 8.0 inches) and footwear with wider 265/45 series tires ( compared to 245/50). The MDX with the Advance Package also have lower trim elements of the same body color.
The A-Spec variant joins the MDX
For the 2019 model, the MDX adds a totally new A-Spec variant with a sporty look. Available exclusively with Acura’s All-Wheel Drive ™ (SH-AWD ® ) with torque vectoring, A-Spec features a more athletic stance highlighted by 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels in Shark Gray one-half inch wider driveways in low profile tires of the 265/45 series. A new aggressive front fascia, lower thresholds of the same body color, larger diameter exhaust outlet trim, as well as a bright black trim and dark chrome for the headlights, grille, window frame and spoiler The tailgate further distinguishes the MDX A-Spec. Interior upgrades include sport seats lined in rich red or black leather with black Alcantara ™ inserts, high-contrast rims, a unique A-Spec instrument cluster, sports pedals, Alcantara door inserts, gloss black finish, a steering wheel plus thick with A-Spec emblem with cams and an exclusive door fitting A-Spec.
Performance, driving and refined handling
The 2019 MDX now has the option of the Acura Active Damper System (ADS), previously available only on the MDX Sport Hybrid, offering advantages of comfortable driving and handling while further expanding the amplitude of the Integrated Dynamic System that the driver can select. The responsive i- VTEC ® engine of 3.5-liter V6 direct injection and 24 valves continues to power the powerful MDX with power of 290 horsepower (SAE net) and 267 foot-pounds of torque (SAE net), in traction configuration front (FWD) standard or the SH-AWD ® system available. SH-AWD ® delivers up to 70 percent of the engine torque to the rear tires and the ability to distribute up to 100 percent of the torque between the left and right rear wheels to optimize available traction and improve steering and handling response.
The 2019 model year also adds significant driving improvements to the MDX. Its 9-speed automatic transmission acquires a more fluid acceleration sensation under normal driving conditions giving priority to the beginnings in second. When the demand is greater under conditions such as full acceleration, inclined and towing slope situations, and when the S mode is selected, the starts in first are prioritized for the maximum acceleration and available traction power. More driving improvements are achieved through an updated Idle Stop feature that is now standard on the MDX line for 2019. System improvements shorten engine response when restarting and operational smoothness by means of a new pressure activator of the brake and software updates, resulting in a more natural and fluid feel. The 2019 MDX with front-wheel drive has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20/27/23 miles per gallon (city / highway / combined) 5 , A-Spec has a rating of 19/25/21, and all the other models with SH-AWD ® have an EPA rating of 19/26/22 miles per gallon (city / highway / combined) 2 .
Standard driver safety and assistance technology
All versions of the 2019 MDX include as standard equipment the AcuraWatch ™ set of advanced safety and driver assistance technologies, including the Collision Mitigation Braking System ™, CMBS ™) with forward collision warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed tracking (Low-Speed Follow ) and road exit mitigation (Road Departure Mitigation, RDM) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). In addition to AcuraWatch technology, all MDXs feature a comprehensive range of active and passive safety features, including Acura body structure, Advance Compatibility Engineering ™, ACE ™, advanced front, side and side curtain airbags , frontal safety belts with prestressing, four-channel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability assistance (VSA ® ) with traction control, and tire pressure monitoring system.