Acura Adds A-Spec Variant to 2019 MDX Lineup
Luxury and Performance Tweaks Coming As Well
Acura will shuffle features around and add a sporty-looking A-Spec variant to the 2019 MDX lineup, breathing life into the aging but popular three-row crossover.
The current MDX, which was introduced in 2014 and updated for 2017 with Acura’s “Alluring Modern Edge” design language, receives an A-Spec variant for next year. A-Spec, which is largely a sport appearance package, consists of 20-inch gray alloy wheels, an aggressive new front fascia, body-color side skirts, and larger exhaust outlets. Furthermore, the regular MDX’s bright chrome and satin silver finishes get swapped out for gloss black and dark chrome trim, most obviously on the front grille surround.
The A-Spec isn’t the only news, as the MDX Advance receives Acura’s Adaptive Damper System, previously only available on the flagship MDX Sport Hybrid. The Adaptive Damper System allows the driver to select optimum suspension tuning through the Integrated Dynamics System’s comfort, normal, and sport modes. We’ve sampled the company’s adaptive suspension before and found it provides a discernable difference in damper behavior.
Acura will also up the luxury ante a bit for 2019, giving other versions of the MDX genuine Desert Olive Ash interior trim. The company is on a hot streak of late, seeking to give each of its vehicles more premium interiors by using authentic materials like wood and aluminum. Other features include available contrasting stitching and upholstery garnishes and standard four-way power lumbar support for the driver and front passenger.
Finally, Acura has updated the MDX’s nine-speed automatic transmission to provide smoother acceleration in most driving situations by starting out in Second gear unless a full-throttle start is detected or sport mode is selected. The transmission continues to route power to the front or all four wheels, the latter of which through Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.
The 2019 Acura MDX is available now, starting at $45,295 for the base model with front-wheel drive and standard AcuraWatch driver-assist technologies. The most expensive gas-powered model will be the $61,045 MDX SH-AWD with Advance and Entertainment packages. Acura will launch the flagship 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid next month.