2013 Honda/Acura MDX Spied, Hybrid Power Possible

Peter Anderson | May 22, 2012

Honda's third-generation MDX has recently been spotted near the Nurburgring undergoing testing for its 2013 launch.

The heavy disguise masks what is believed to be a slightly less adventurous design for a car sold with Acura badges in the US, and Honda badges in Japan (and previously Australia).

The new MDX is expected to take its lead from the more sober Acura RLX sedan shown at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

Reports overseas suggest that not only will the MDX's styling follow the RLX's, but the sedan's hybrid drivetrain may also be transplanted into the mid-sized SUV.

The hybrid would likely be offered to complement the base model's expected 3.5 litre 'Earth Dreams' VTEC V6.

Acrua's RLX concept featured a 276kW/609Nm hybrid all-wheel drive arrangement that was also rumoured to be the new NSX's powerplant.

All three of these cars use a variant of Honda's Super Handling All Wheel Drive technology.

The MDX has been around in its current form since 2006, and last got a minor facelift in 2009. Only the first generation MDX was sold in Australia.

The new MDX is expected to be released late in 2013 for the US 2014 model year. It's unlikely to make its way back to Australia, but if it does, we'll let you know.

Filed under: Honda, Spy Photos, News, acura, enthusiast, mdx, acura mdx, honda mdx

Leave a comment:
Enter comment here.
  • Smart us says,
    3 years ago
    its not for OZ market so why bother... good quality relevant journo biggrin
    • Mike Stevens
      Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
      3 years ago
      Hi M,

      Honda has yet to announce the new MDX, let alone confirm which markets it will be offered in.

      The MDX has been offered in Australia before, and at this point, there's no reason to think the new model can't come here with a Honda badge.

      Quite relevant.
  • lou pezzimenti says,
    3 years ago
    they need to get this car down to australia ASAP. they will sell like hotcakes. the mdx formula works and the 2013 version looks sensational and performance wise it wipes the X5 off the floor. Comeon honda/acura, bring it to your showrooms downunder!!!!
    • MDX fan says,
      3 years ago
      I would buy one in a flash. Very happy with 2007 model and great value compared to X5, Q7.
  • john powell says,
    2 years ago
    I have a Honda MDX 2003, I am finding it impossible to get after market parts for it can any body help please,, like running boards, front an rear nudge bars,GPS ETC ETC sad
  • john powell says,
    4 months ago
    Two years ago I mentioned in this Forum re aftermarket parts for the MDX 2003, as yet I have not received an answer, can any body help me at all, it just seems Ludacris that a top end SUV cannot get after market parts for, also GPS how about a hand guys???
Get the Latest

Get a deal on this car