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While in Death Valley this week, one of our guys caught this mystery SUV out testing in the not-quite-hot-weather of the early spring desert. Temps were in the mid-90s, a far cry from the extreme heat-testing that happens in the 120+ degree summers. And yes, I am talking about the weather because, to be honest, I'm not entirely convinced of what we have here.

Our best collective guess is that this is the 2014 Acura MDX. The general shape of the grille-- now without that massive chrome shield-- as well as that of the double-hump dash say Acura and in terms of timing, the MDX is the next crossover we're expecting to see.

Some things that give us pause: Clunky foglights/ ducts and the toothed grille.

Stop whatever you're doing at work/school and help figure this out instead. Full res image after the jump for those of you who want to get a closer look.

 

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Acura has started testing its next-generation MDX on public roads and we managed to scoop a prototype not far from the Nürburgring race track in Germany.

It was spotted testing alongside a BMW X5, 1 of its main competitors, although we hope the new MDX is significantly better as the X5 is soon to be replaced by a new and improved model as well.


The new MDX is expected to land in showrooms in late 2013 or early the following year, as a 2014 model.

It will bring with it a vast array of new technologies and what appears to be a more streamlined shape. Though camouflaged, it appears the MDX will be sharing a number of styling cues previewed by the recent 2013 RLX Concept.


Styling cues won’t be the only thing shared between the 2013 RLX and this new 2014 MDX, however, as both vehicles should share a powertrain lineup. This means the 2014 MDX may offer two powertrain options, a base version powered by a regular V-6 and a new hybrid model featuring the Acura Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system destined for the next-generation NSX supercar.

The regular model will feature a direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 matched to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Output of this model should eclipse the 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque found in the current model.


The hybrid model, if built, will feature the same V-6 engine matched to an electric motor and dual-clutch transmission, and power a single axle. The alternate axle will be powered by another 2 electric motors that work independently. The setup would allow multiple driving modes, including electric- or gas-only modes, plus a hybrid mode calling on both electric and gas power and offering all-wheel drive capability.

Stay tuned for more details as development of the 2014 Acura MDX progresses.

 

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Acura is out testing its next-generation MDX luxury crossover on public roads and we’ve managed to scoop a prototype running around the Nürburgring and on some of the German race track’s surrounding streets.

The new MDX is expected to land in showrooms in the second half of 2013, which would make it a 2014 model.

It will bring with it a vast array of new technologies and what appears to be a more streamlined shape to help fend of rivals like the BMW X5, Buick Enclave and Lexus RX.

Though camouflaged, it appears the MDX will be sharing a number of styling cues previewed by the recent 2013 RLX Concept, which it itself previews the upcoming replacement for the Acura RL flagship sedan. We can make out what appears to be a sharper bumper on this MDX prototype as well as a typical shield-shaped grille.


Styling cues won’t be the only thing shared between the 2013 RLX and the 2014 MDX, as both vehicles should share a powertrain lineup as well.

This means the 2014 MDX may offer 2 powertrain options--a base version powered by a regular V-6 and a new hybrid model featuring the Acura Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system destined for the next-generation NSX supercar.

The base model is tipped to feature a direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 matched to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Output should eclipse the 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque found in the outgoing MDX.


The hybrid range-topper, if built, will feature the same V-6 engine matched to an electric motor and dual-clutch transmission, with both power sources driving a single axle.

The alternate axle will be powered by another 2 electric motors working independently and directing torque as required to benefit handling. The setup would allow multiple driving modes, including electric- or gas-only modes, plus a hybrid mode calling on both electric and gas power and offering all-wheel drive capability.

Look out for the reveal of the 2014 Acura MDX at a major American auto show early next year.
 

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Nearly 6 years have passed since the 2nd-generation Acura MDX debuted, and a little more than 2 since it was overhauled and wrapped with a mild facelift. If it feels like high time for a new MDX, you’re in luck: an all-new model is just around the corner, and our spies caught an early Acura MDX prototype undergoing testing in Europe.


It’s hard to see much of the new MDX’s exterior styling in these photos, as the next-generation crossover wears both heavy cladding and makeshift head- and taillamp assemblies, but a few cues up front suggest Acura’s next 3-row crossover will take a page from its new 2013 RDX compact crossover. Not only does the “beak” grille seem softer and a bit more conservative, but the lower edges of the tapered headlamp assemblies will be in line with the lower edge of the V-shaped grille. The lower front fascia, which presently boasts a smattering of unusual apertures and intakes, appears cleaner on this tester, and more in-step with that applied to the latest RDX.


Beneath the skin, expect the MDX to continue sharing its Accord-derived platform with both the Honda Pilot and Odyssey. Expect the MDX to retain 6-cylinder power: we hear rumbling’s that a revised 3.5-liter V-6, revamped under the company’s Earth Dreams powertrain program, will gain direct fuel injection and a number of other tweaks to boost power and fuel economy. Early estimates suggest the V-6 could produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 310 hp, which is about 10 hp more than the current MDX’s 3.7-liter V-6.


We’ve heard rumblings that the MDX could adopt a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic in the years to come, but there’s still a chance that the next-gen MDX could initially launch with the 6-speed transmission it presently employs. Another unknown lies with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system: although the torque-shuffling driveline aids handling and is something of a hallmark, there’s a chance Acura could ditch it for a lighter, less expensive driveline. The automaker did just that when revamping its 2012 RDX, citing a lack of demand for the technology in this family-centric segment. It’s also fairly unlikely that the company’s new hybrid SH-AWD system, which will be used in both the upcoming RLX luxury sedan and the NSX sports coupe, will be used in this particular application.


These remaining details will likely emerge in due course – and we won’t have to wait all that long to see them unfold. The next-generation Acura MDX should make its public debut in late 2013, possibly even as a 2014 model year vehicle.

 

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What It Is: A next-generation Acura MDX prototype being tested in the desert while towing a trailer. Setting aside the fact that the mule in these spy photos is the 1st MDX this author has ever seen towing anything, the covered-up crossover does reveal what to expect when the redesigned model hits the market—besides its towing capability.


Why It Matters: The MDX in its current form was introduced for 2007 and has only received a single major refresh, which updated it for 2010. Despite its age, the MDX managed to place 3rd in a recent 5-crossover comparison test, and we still think it’s one of the better-driving offerings in its segment. Acura is in the throes of overhauling its entire lineup, having recently introduced the new RDX crossover and ILX compact sedan, as well as previewing the upcoming, range-topping RLX sedan in lightly disguised “concept” form. This MDX would be nearly the final piece in Acura’s mainstream lineup puzzle. (We’re not counting the highly anticipated NSX sports car revival here for obvious reasons.) Once this new MDX is squared away, pretty much all that’s left for Acura to do is figure out which sedan to place between the ILX and RLX—the TL or the TSX.


Platform: Expect the 2014 MDX to continue to offer 3-row seating, some form of all-wheel drive, and crisp exterior styling. It’s also clear from these spy photos that there’s a size increase in store for the next MDX, chiefly in length. The wheelbase doesn’t look hugely different, but this tester has a lot more rear overhang than the current model. We expect the added length will free up more space in the way back of the MDX’s cabin, possibly allowing real-world adults to sit in the third row.

It appears the MDX will ditch its angular, techno-Transformer look for softer, less-exciting duds. An RDX-like face is visible through this prototype’s camouflage, and the roofline has more curvature than the current greenhouse. In profile, the new Acura doesn’t look too different from Infiniti’s new JX crossover, a vehicle targeted directly at the strong-selling Acura. We’ll reserve final judgment on the MDX’s cosmetics until we can see more of it, but we think the outgoing model wore Acura’s (now-last-gen) styling language the best.


Powertrain: The current MDX is motivated by a 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 driving all four wheels through Acura’s torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system. We don’t anticipate this basic formula to change much, although there’s a chance that the heavy and expensive SH-AWD setup could be ditched, like it was for the latest RDX, for a non-super system. There’s also a chance of the MDX switching to a hybridized AWD system like the RLX’s. It remains to be seen whether such a powertrain could handle the kind of towing duties undertaken in these photos.


Competition: BMW X5, Infiniti JX, Lexus RX350, Land Rover LR4, Mercedes-Benz ML-class.


Estimated Arrival Time: The new MDX could appear at an auto show as soon as early next year, although, in typical Acura fashion, we’ll likely get a look at a near-production-ready “concept” version 1st. Look for the production MDX to go on sale sometime next year as a 2014 model.
 

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Chris Doane Automotive snagged this set of photos of the 2014 Acura MDX, in a considerably lesser state of camouflage than previously seen before. Here we can see a bit more of the vehicle's shape as well as get a peek at the (expected) LED headlights and other details. From these photos, it appears that Acura has (wisely) decided not to mess too much with the MDX's proven styling formula. Mechanically, we're expecting the new MDX to benefit from Honda's new Earth Dreams V6 engine family with Direct Injection and though we haven't heard anything definitive, it seems natural and logical to bet that Acura's Sport Hybrid AWD system will find its way into a version of the upcoming MDX as well.

Quoted below is CDA's text that accompanied this photo set.

SPIED: '14 Acura MDX Drops Its Camo!

The last time we saw the next-gen, 2014 Acura MDX, the entire prototype was covered in thick, padded vinyl. Today, thankfully, Acura engineers have stripped all that off, giving us a much better idea of what the new MDX will look like.

Up front, no one will be surprised to see Acura's "shield" grille. We can also see what look to be a pair of very thin headlights. These units look as though they could be similar to the LED units we've seen on the RLX sedan. LED daytime running lights are also visible along the top of the headlight cluster.

Additionally, the sculpting of the sheet metal is also much easier to see now, along with a set of jeweled tail lights at the rear.

Under the hood, we hear the MDX will gain Acura's new direct injection V6, and possibly a version of Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system.​
 

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Despite its age, the Acura MDX continues to dominate the luxury brand’s sales charts, and the next-generation model isn’t likely to be any different. A prototype of the new 7-passenger Acura MDX crossover has been spotted again but, this time, with less camouflage to disguise its shape. The 2013 Acura RDX has found success by migrating to the center of the market, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see similar changes made to the upcoming Acura MDX, which will debut in 2013 as a 2014 model.


The current Acura MDX debuted with a controversial grille, but expect a more straight-forward and toned-down power plenum grille on the upcoming MDX. The Acura prototype’s side view doesn’t appear drastically different from that of the current model, but appears to mimic the punched-out sheetmetal design on the lower door panels of the 2013 RDX. As with the 2014 Acura RLX, the new MDX may make available specially designed LED headlights as well as regular HIDs.


2014 Acura MDX prototype rear side view 300x187 imageFrom behind, the next-generation Acura MDX prototype sports LED taillights and a rear windshield wiper that’s exposed, like the Infiniti JX35 and Buick Enclave but unlike the Lexus RX. The 2013 Acura MDX is powered by a 300-hp 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 270 lb-ft of torque. Using a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2013 MDX is EPA-rated at just 16/21 mpg city/highway. With lighter weight materials, engine tweaks, and even the possibility of a 9-speed automatic transmission, the 2014 MDX should easily approach others in the class when it comes to efficiency. The 2014 Acura MDX volume model will likely use a version of the 310-hp direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6 coming to the 2014 Acura RLX.


In a 2010 Acura MDX 1st Test, we appreciated the way the crossover was tuned: “With MDX’s flat stance, quick pickup of cornering grip turning off-center, snap-your-fingers-quick paddle shifts, and extraordinary SH-AWD system, the MDX simply handles better than crossover within multiples of its price.”

Since the 2013 Acura RDX left behind the brand’s so-called super-handling all-wheel-drive system, it’s not clear whether the technology will still be standard equipment on the 2014 model. As with the 2014 RLX sedan, the 2014 MDX may also offer a hybrid model as a flagship SUV. With 2014 Acura MDX production set to begin early next year at Honda’s plant in Lincoln, Alabama, we’ll definitely be hearing more about the 2014 Acura MDX before long.

 
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