The fourth-gen Acura MDX isn’t available with a hybrid powertrain, and it may not receive the option even later in the lifecycle. In other words, the Acura MDX Hybrid may not return to the U.S. market.
While more SUVs are gaining electrified powertrain options during generational changes, the Acura MDX has lost the only electrified powertrain it came with. Citing Acura’s global development chief from a media roundtable, a report from Autoblog.com suggests that the new Type S variant that will launch later this year offers sufficient performance in the fourth-gen MDX. So, there’s no need to bring back the Sport Hybrid (SH-AWD) powertrain that was available in the third-gen model.
One could argue that customers demand hybrid variants in cars like the Acura MDX for the benefit of fuel efficiency, not performance. Sure, the 2022 Acura MDX Type S can deliver 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, which is noticeably higher than the 2020 MDX Hybrid’s 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. However, it seems unrealistic that the new variant would beat or even match the 27 mpg combined fuel economy rating of the discontinued MDX Hybrid.
Some customers find the standard variant’s efficiency inadequate, wishing there was a hybrid option. For reference, the standard variant returns 22 mpg combined in FWD and 21 mpg in AWD. As a driving.ca reader review (by Rosa Reyes) concludes, some customers call for a hybrid option due to rising fuel costs and environmental issues.
All-electric Acura SUV arrives in 2024
A large pure electric Acura SUV is to launch in 2024 featuring GM’s technology, which could belong to the size class of the MDX. However, the e-SUV may not suit a large section of MDX shoppers who want a frugal premium midsize SUV, as the EV is not expected to come in cheap.
We’ll keep an eye on Acura’s electrification plans and update the page if the company changes its mind.
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