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The Acura MDX Type S Will Be A Very Red 355-HP AWD Power Wagon

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Acura has done that weird thing of revealing what it would like us to believe is a concept vehicle but is actually a nearly production-ready version of the next-generation MDX three-row crossover. With the RLX luxury sedan now in its final year, the MDX becomes Acura’s flagship, and it promises to pivot on the brand’s hot new sportier approach.

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The fourth-generation MDX sits on an “all-new light truck platform” refined for rigidity, cabin quietness and comfort, Acura’s press materials say. This new structure will be the basis of the imminent, first-ever Type S-branded MDX crossover, expected next summer.

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This “concept” MDX is about three inches longer than the current model it’s set to replace, and it’s sitting on 21-inch wheels. Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch driver’s display and another 12.3-inch display in the center of the dashboard; they are linked up to Acura’s funky touchpad interface.

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Acura claims its “most rigid SUV body to date” will sit on a new double-wishbone front suspension for improved handling performance. The MDX in production form will also be available with Acura’s fourth-gen SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) technology to take advantage of all of that, you know, rigidness. The SH-AWD is confirmed to be standard on the upcoming Type S, and I’m guessing that’s where the teased ivory-painted Brembo brake calipers are going, too.

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The MDX Type S is also promised to be the “most powerful engine ever offered in an Acura SUV” with its new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 making 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. The only other power available on the standard MDX will be a 3.5-liter V6 with freaking VTEC, expected to make somwhere around the current-gen MDX’s 290 HP and 267 lb-ft of torque. Both models get a 10-speed automatic, assembled in Georgia, and the engines, body and everything else will be assembled in Ohio with the NSX.

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I’m not going to dare complain about a 350-horsepower Type S crossover from Acura. That sounds nice, and I’m eager to drive it. That said, I am kind of hoping Acura is saving room in its performance plans, or at least the MDX’s lineup, for a hybrid model with some of that new electricity the kids are all excited about.

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