Best-Selling Acura SUV Model Makes World Debut in New York

March 30, 2016 Updated: March 31, 2016

Acura introduced its 2017 MDX luxury SUV with new design and luxury features at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on March 23.

“MDX is a pillar of the Acura brand, our highest volume model seven years running, and the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time. And with America’s love affair with SUVs growing stronger by the day, we are taking the opportunity to make MDX even better,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. at the show at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Nearly 98 percent of the products Acura sold in America in 2015 were built in America using domestic and globally sourced parts.

“Born in America and built in America, Acura stands quite literally as an American brand,” said Mendel.

The 2017 MDX was designed in California, developed and engineered in Ohio, and will continue to be produced at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama auto plant using domestic and globally sourced parts.

According to the company’s press release, one of the most important features of the new MDX is its new diamond pentagon grille. The new grille transitions into the re-styled Jewel Eye headlights and is paired with more aggressive bodywork. The more sharply contoured hood, front fenders, and side sill are all new, with the revised bumper design housing new LED fog lights. And it’s complemented in back by a freshened rear fascia and twin exhaust pipes, reflecting the focus on performance. 

“But the major design changes aren’t limited to exterior styling. Inside, we’ve given MDX the most premium content in this best-selling model’s 15-year history,” said Mendel.

All 2017 MDX models benefit from increased luxury and technology features. The car will be equipped with AcuraWatch that offers advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

The 2017 MDX is planned to go on sale at dealerships nationwide this summer and will be joined by the MDX Sport Hybrid later in the year.

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