Many will be happily relieved to learn that Acura just teased a completely redesigned 2017 MDX crossover ahead of its official debut at the New York Auto Show. Happy, because, it appears Acura’s polarizing beaked grille is on its way to being phased out.
One of the most controversial styling cues of Honda’s near-luxury automaker was the company’s long-running, plated “beak-like” grille, which the designers stood by as a “unique” way to make their cars different from the competition. Unique it, was, good looking, well, it really particularly wasn’t.
But now, it seems the time of the Acura beak as come and gone. This was earlier hinted with the Acura Precision Concept from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Designed entirely in-house at Acura’s Design Studio in Torrance, CA, like the Precision Concept, the new 2017 MDX looks to sport some aggressive aesthetics, as shown in the teaser. It definitely looks more athletic with its pronounced shoulderlines and forward-flowing profile.
And yes, while although not much can hide the fact that the MDX is a boring, near-luxury crossover for soccer moms and dads, there’s still such thing as a good looking crossover and a bad looking one.
Making some preliminary judgements on the new MDX however, it has the potential to very much be the former.
We’re expecting the same use of a Honda-sourced naturally-aspirated V6 with Honda’s latest nine-speed automatic and twin-clutch Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.
– By: Chris Chin