The new generation of Acura’s popular three-row SUV has just arrived and after a great reception from experts and crowd, it’s time for a hi-performance version. The Japanese manufacturer is bringing the famous Type S badge back and the new version is about to hit the market by the end of the year. At this point, we know for sure that the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will feature a new, more powerful engine, but that won’t be the only upgrade compared to the standard model.
From what we know so far, this version will bring several more upgrades, particularly in terms of mechanics. We count on upgraded suspension, steering, brakes etc. Furthermore, we expect to see a couple of styling upgrades, which will accentuate the model’s performance character.
The new 2022 Acura MDX Type S will hit the market by the end of the year, though the exact launch date is yet to be announced.
2022 Acura MDX Type S Engine
Without any doubt, the biggest upgrade over base models will be a new engine. Instead of the base 3.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V6, the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will come equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, the same one that can be found in the new TLX Type S. The engine features a max output of 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, which promises notably better performances compared to base models. For reference, the base version needs around 6.3 seconds to hit 60mph. We believe that the Type S will be able to make this spring in about 5 seconds.
The engine will come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission, while Honda’s well-known SH-AWD will be standard too. When it comes to fuel economy, we estimate around 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which sounds pretty good for the class.
2022 Acura MDX Type S Redesign
Of course, the powertrain won’t be the only aspect of the vehicle with big upgrades. Many of them will come in terms of mechanics as well. Compared to the standard model, the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will certainly feature an upgraded suspension setup. It will be stiffer and we will probably see a little bit lower ground clearance, which will provide better handling and less body roll. Speaking about handling, we also expect revisions in terms of steering, which should be more direct. Naturally, we also count on upgraded brakes, with more stopping power.
It’s quite easy to predict that the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will also come with loads of styling details that will accentuate the model’s performance character. One of the first things that come to mind is new wheels. We count on 21-inch rims, which will be wrapped with lower-profile all-season tires. Naturally, we also expect to see new bumpers, different grille patterns and similar upgrades at the front. The rear end should also come with an upgraded bumper, while new exhaust tips are also expected. Finally, we also count on a couple of exclusive color options in the offer.
On the inside, the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will come with upgrades like new color schemes, new materials, trims and similar things. We could also see upgraded seats, with more side support, though we have to say that the base model already stands pretty well in this aspect. The overall dashboard design won’t be much different compared to the base versions.
Despite the accentuated performance character, this SUV will remain a practical family hauler. We won’t see bigger changes in terms of the overall interior layout, so you may count on the same amount of passenger space. You may count on a seating capacity for seven, with the third row that’s not all that tight, which can be pretty functional. Also, this SUV offers a pretty solid amount of cargo room. You may count on about 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row, as well as on 39.1 cubic feet with the third row folded down.
This will be one of the most expensive MDX models on the offer, so there is no doubt that the list of standard equipment will be pretty long. Just like standard models, it will come with goodies like a 12.3-inch display, a touchpad controller, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, Amazon Alexa, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Furthermore, we expect that upgrades like a 25-speaker audio system and navigation will be on the list of standard equipment as well.
2022 Acura MDX Type S Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will hit the market later in the year, probably in the last quarter. Most likely, the base price will go around 65.000 dollars. Key competitors should be similarly priced performance SUVs, such as Audi SQ5, Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 etc.