The Acura automaker is planning to release a redesigned version of 2021 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. This model has been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and it should become available later this year. Like the previous generation, the new one will provide the same dimension and sits on the same platform as the non-hybrid version.
However, compared to the non-hybrid version, the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will come with a slightly modified body. We can surely write that this model looks more aggressive and the highlight of this SUV is under the hood. The hybrid version will provide more outputs than the regular SUV and it will feature Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drives system as standard.
2021 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Design
The stylish 2021 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is one of the rare SUVs on the market that offers a good balance of the design. This model is looking elegant yet practical at the same time. As most of nowadays Acura vehicles, this flagship SUV features attractive diamond-pentagon grille and beautiful Jewel Eye LED headlights.
The sportier Acura MDX A-Spec will add more features and this model will look more attractive. For example, this package sports 20-inch wheels that are around half-inch wider than the standard SUV, visually better front fascia, larger-diameter exhaust finishers, and gloss-black accents.
When you step into the newly 2021 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, you will find a spacious cabin and plenty of quality materials inside. Besides, this model will keep the same layout as the predecessor. First of all, the new Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is the third-row seven-seater SUV that provides enough rooms for every passenger. Behind the third row is a cargo area that can easily match the Lexus RX 350L. We like how Acura menage to accommodate its hybrid battery and components, not sacrificing interior space at all.
Sport Hybrid version comes standard with Technology package, which includes 10-speaker ELS premium audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free integration, navigation, perforated leather seats, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and power-folding side mirrors.
2021 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Under the Hood
The new 2021 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will provide more outputs than the regular version. As you may know, the non-hybrid model is using a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. This SUV comes standard with front-wheel drive, while Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive is optional. Besides, it is linked to a standard 9-speed automatic transmission.
The new Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will use the same powertrain as the predecessor. If you remember this model is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 powertrain with an electric motor and it delivers 321 horsepower. This engine is routed through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. We must mention that the same gearbox is present in the NSX supercars, only with 9-speed. Also, Sport Hybrid is using two electric motors, one for each rear wheel as an advantage. Moreover, equipment with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drives system this model menage to tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds.
Release Date and Price
The redesigned Acura MDX Sport Hybrid looks way better than before. However, many cues will remain and we can surely say that this model presents mid-cycle refreshments.
Besides, expect the new model to arrive later this year in the low-$50,000 range. In the same category are models Mercedes’ GLE hybrid and Volvo’s XC90 T8 and Acura MDX Sport Hybrid undercuts both.
Pros and Cons
The latest 2021 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid looks refreshed and this model is known for an excellent reputation for reliability. Besides, it plays a great Acura’s role in the market as one of the models with strong resale. However, some of the cons are, not such a good towing rate of 5000 pounds and subdued interior styling.