Honda and Acura don’t have to hide the 2020 Acura MDX Type S
anymore. The performance-tuned crossover SUV was spotted in
street testing, confirming earlier announcements. Company’s
chiefs were speaking of reviving this line of the vehicle, but
only for its premium brand, Acura. Now, the moment is very
close since test mules are out. Although Honda is not
confirming these rumors, dual exhaust systems are showing
something heavy covers are hiding. Well, the company tried to
disguise the SUV with some parts from the standard MDX. But,
fans found the way to unveil what is it about.
The new 2020 Acura MDX Type S will compete with other
performance-oriented models in the mid-size segment of these
premium vehicles. Currently, Honda is offering only a compact
crossover RDX besides the
larger MDX. Definitely, the lineup will grow in future and the
Type S is going to be the first additions. Another vehicle that
was spied and expected to carry the Type S badge is TLX sedan,
which is coming next year.
2020 Acura MDX Type S Specs
Standard drivetrains for the MDX are either 3.0 or 3.5 engine.
The smaller displacement is the heart of the hybrid system and
it produces 320 hp total, 30 ponies more than its 3.5-liter
sibling. Recently, Honda launched a new system with three
electric engines, but this time paired with the larger engine.
According to reports, this drivetrain will be able to produce
over 400 horsepower. But, for the performance-oriented 2020
Acura MDX Type S, engineers could stick to the expected setup –
a petrol engine and a turbocharger.
With 290 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque of the base output, the V6
definitely has muscles to build. The output will also go over
400 hp, but buyers will get better performance than with a
hybrid setup. But, we won’t exclude the combination with
electric motors. With such potential, fans can definitely count
on something spectacular. The company is not unveiling all the
details, so there will be some surprises in the next couple of
months. Heavy camo is hiding everything, so we can’t spot the
opening for electric plug and the recharge system.
Rumors about Type S version of TLX sedan are reporting the
vehicle could borrow a drivetrain from the NSX. Well, this is
less likely to happen, with the supercar creating nearly 600
hp. Engineers could limit the 3.0-liter V6 hybrid setup to 350
horsepower, though. This is more possible than the high-output
Spy Photos Unveil Just Pieces of the New SUV
The new 2020 Acura MDX Type S is being tested for more than six
months. For the first time, it was spotted in January. Now, the
new spy images are available and the vehicle lost no
camouflage. The thick shield is hiding everything. The only
difference is in the front fascia. The camo is missing from the
grille and the company didn’t give too much. This ‘gift’ shows
only it is the MDX SUV, and we could guess it from the size and
the shape of the test mule. Besides that, we can see dual
exhaust tips, which are a clear sign that the special version
is getting a huge power boost.
Everything else is well-hidden. Wheels and headlights are
borrowed from the standard SUV and the Type S will definitely
look more aggressive. Spoilers, lower bumper, unique wheels,
and of course colors are going to make this version easy to
recognize. Of course, the interior too. But again, Honda and
Acura designers managed to hide most of the cockpit by using
the equipment from the standard model. Sporty seats and premium
features are certain. But, details are missing and we won’t
find out what the cabin is hiding until the 2020 Acura MDX Type
S hits the market.
2020 Acura MDX Type S Release Date and Price
The release date of the 2020 Acura MDX Type S will follow the
arrival of the TLX Type S performance sedan. We will have to
wait for a couple of months between two premieres. The company
could even wait for the next year and big auto shows in Chicago
or New York to present the new SUV. Well, engineers will have
to speed up with tests since the competition is already out
with their performance-tuned models. Audi SQ7, BMW X5 M, and
Mercedes GLE AMG are rivals coming from Germany and the
interest in these vehicles is very high.
The base price of the Acura MDX is $46,000. Without Type S
package, the cost can reach more than $61,000. The new upgrade
will be the most expensive offer ever. It all depends on the
drivetrain. Some lighter versions will be closer to $70,000 and
the hybrid with three electric engines will definitely be
around $80,000 if not even more.