The upcoming 2021 Acura MDX Type S has been caught testing again. As you may know, this high-performance SUV is based on the MDX model.
Meanwhile, besides this high-performance SUV, the photographer also captures the standard Acura MDX. Both models from the latest spy photos are wearing heavy camo. However, we can still see some updates under the skin like a unique front fascia, revised grille, and larger air intakes.
Is Acura Redesigning the MDX?
For a start, the upcoming 2021 Acura MDX Type S will ride on the new modified platform. With that we mean that it will be few inches wider and longer than the regular model. Also, this SUV will offer more aggressive styling than the base model. As we mentioned, the high-performance model has been spied last year a couple of times and every time is wearing a dense camouflage.
However, after almost a year, the new MDX is looking slightly more aggressive. The images reveal more changes on the front. Also, the latest generation is wearing famous Acura’s diamond pentagon grille that is flanked by newly shaped headlights and vertical air intakes.
However, alongside the base model, Type S reveals more sporty and unique front fascia. This model comes with a revised grille and larger air intakes. Moreover, we think that the final version will get more modifications and we cannot wait to see how this model will look like without camo.
The interior department of the 2021 Acura MDX Type S is the most mysterious because there is no available image to show how it looks. If we relied on the recent news, the upcoming high-performance SUV would look more stylish than the regular one. For a start, it will use the same layout and it offers more comfort through three rows of seats. The first two rows should offer great legroom and headroom, while the third row is not so ideal for adults, but it is perfect for kids.
Standard equipment will be richer compare it with a regular model. So, we can expect plenty of features. For example, the AcuraWatch suite of safety comes standard like the leather interior, tri-zone automatic climate control, power tailgate, power moonroof, and the HomeLink garage-door opener. However, the list of optional amenities is very well guarded and we are still waiting for more information.
2021 Acura MDX Type S Engine Performance
Under the hood, the upcoming 2021 Acura MDX will be powered by two potent engines. The entry-level variant will use an existing 3.5-liter V6 making 290 horsepower. The standard setup offers front-wheel drive, while Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive comes optional. This engine is linked to a standard 9-speed automatic transmission.
However, the Sport Hybrid variant will provide better output. This model uses a 3.0-liter V6 powertrain and two electric motors, one for each rear wheel. Thanks to electric motors and V6 powertrain, this unit is able to produce 321 horsepower.
Lastly, the upcoming 2021 Acura MDX Type S will probably be powered by a modified version of the 3.5-liter engine and it will use three electric motors. According to many reports, the high-performance model will provide no less than 400-horsepower.
How Much Will the Acura Type S Cost?
Officially, there is no exact release date of the 2021 Acura MDX Type S variant. From many speculations, the new model will be available at the end of this year.
Moreover, pricing is another mystery and we are still waiting for more accurate information. The base model MDX starts at $45,400 and we expect a high-performance Type S variant to be around $60,000. Compered these prices with the other models in the same class, they are nearly in line with rivals like Infiniti QX60 and Volvo XC90. Besides, competitors that cost a thousand dollars more are the new Audi Q7, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE/GLS.