Acura is doubling down on efficiency, the corporate tells us, and the brand new 2021 Acura TLX Type S is a sign of what which means in apply. The Sort S remedy will transcend the A-Spec trim, which brings sporty seems to be however not a lot in the best way of precise efficiency enhancements. Simply look to the just-released TLX Sort S, which packs a hearty twin-turbo V-6 (output TBD, however anticipate nicely over 300 horses)—a mechanical differentiator from non-Sort S TLXs. Utilizing that sedan as a template, now we have a fairly good concept of what to anticipate from the upcoming 2021 Acura MDX Sort S, whose existence was simply revealed by a leaked inside Acura Powerpoint presentation.
The large MDX crossover and its smaller RDX counterpart make up an enormous proportion of the corporate’s whole gross sales. The RDX is already a reasonably sporty car, and the present MDX is surprisingly spicy, however an MDX Sort S primarily based on the all-new 2021 MDX is probably going to have some important efficiency cred whereas doing numerous the heavy lifting—by means of its prolific gross sales—spreading the resurrected Sort S gospel amongst shoppers.
So, what can we anticipate from a warmer MDX? For starters, we all know that Acura’s torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is not going away—it is a lynchpin of the corporate’s efficiency aura, and a system that Acura is closely invested in. Pair that with the aforementioned twin-turbo V-6, maybe boosted to a better output in comparison with the TLX or paired with a efficiency model of the corporate’s hybrid drive, and the MDX Sort S ought to have contemporary strikes to again up its new duds.
New duds which, when you may keep in mind, we have already seen. A curious AcuraZine discussion board person already uncovered the 2021 MDX deep inside the person interface of the RDX, offering us with an unprecedented and clear have a look at the design course. There’s numerous RDX within the design of the grille, however the headlights and the remainder of the fascia remedy cut up the distinction between RDX and the brand new TLX. The TLX, merely due to its lithe proportions, is prone to be the perfect implementation of this design language within the flesh, however there is not any denying the 2021 MDX could have some severe presence.
And we assume the MDX Sort S will likely be suitably extra aggressive in look—following the TLX Sort S’s lead with A-Spec darker head– and taillights, together with unique Sort S bits like a number of exhaust shops, matte black accents, and maybe some extra aggressive parts within the entrance and rear fascias.
Primarily based on the leaked chart, the brand new MDX may bow later this yr as a 2021 mannequin—and definitely earlier than Acura reveals the brand new compact sedan (and its Sort S model) which seems to be an ILX alternative. By 2022, Acura hopes to have its lineup in place, with a minimum of three Sort S variants: the compact sedan, the TLX, and the MDX. Conspicuously, the RDX is not pegged to get a Sort S mannequin—we’re unsure why, but when we determine it out we’ll get again to you.