The new MDX will launch as an Acura model in the US, but a return to Honda Australia's line-up, although far from official, could occur sometime in 2014.
The carmaker has revealed few details about the new SUV, confirming only that it will feature the same 'Aero Sculpture' styling language that is working its way across Acura's latest models.
"The 2014 MDX Prototype will feature alluring proportions with smooth, arching body lines matched to an efficient architecture," Honda said in a statement today.
Its full name - the MDX Prototype - means the SUV we see in Detroit next month will be a concept only. But, like the new RLX sedan, it will likely offer an accurate look at the final production model.
Spy photos captured by TMR earlier this year however suggest that the new MDX SUV's dimensions will be closer to the existing model, rather than the sleek proportions shown in this sketch.
Powertrain options will likely include Honda's new 3.5 litre 'Earth Dreams' V6 petrol engine, along with a hybrid system.
The current MDX, not available in Australia, was introduced in 2006, receiving a facelift in 2010. Australia saw only the first-generation model, launched here in 2003 for the princely sum of $69,990.
While a local return for the near-premium MDX will depend on pricing and position, Honda's Australian arm will be keen to get a slice of a Large SUV segment that is now over 100,000 sales year-to-date.