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|Acura “MD-X Concept” Debuts at New York International Auto Show
Production Model to Feature Class Leading Performance and Luxury
|NEW YORK, U.S.A., April 12, 2006–The Acura “MD-X Concept” luxury SUV debuted at the 2006 New York International Auto Show featuring bold, sleek exterior styling indicative of the next generation MDX production model.
“Every aspect of the MD-X Concept design conveys performance and attitude while still retaining SUV functionality,” said John Mendel, senior vice president, auto operations. “The styling signifies a bold direction for the next generation MDX, both in appearance and substance.”
The MD-X Concept is fashioned as a true driver’s SUV, with its low wide stance and aggressive design. Its sleek surface lines are modeled after a futuristic luxury yacht maneuvering through the ocean.
The MD-X Concept occupies the same footprint as the current MDX, but the wider track and longer wheelbase give the vehicle a more sporty, taut look. The side profile of the concept reveals a refined SUV with smooth chiseled lines and an elegant form. A dominant character line runs from the front quarter panel to the rear, evoking the feeling of forward movement. The sharply raked D-pillar creates a stealth, aerodynamic appearance while still retaining the third row seating functionality and cargo capacity of the current generation MDX.
The Concept sits low to the ground despite the large 20-inch five-spoke custom alloy wheels, while the large wheel arches and flares add to the Concept's muscular appearance. The sleek cabin features flush mounted windshield glass, which improves aerodynamics while adding to the MD-X Concept's smooth and flowing design.
“The smooth lines and sleek shape of the MD-X Concept challenge the conventions of SUV design,” said Ricky Hsu, chief designer for the MD-X Concept. “By providing all the driving excitement of a sports sedan while still retaining the core functionality of the current generation MDX, we have created a sport vehicle that just so happens to provide unexpected utility.”
The front hood is accented with pronounced character lines culminating in an aggressive five-sided grille, which gives the MD-X its bold presence. The commanding front grille features a dominant center bar running through a solid aluminum face. The narrow, Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights appear to grow out of the massive grille, giving the overall front-end a strong, distinct look.
“The front end of the MD-X Concept communicates power and prestige,” explains Hsu. “We want drivers to do a double-take and notice this SUV when it passes them on the road.”
In the rear, the MD-X Concept has an integrated rear hatch, which sits flush against the bumper to create a smooth, clean appearance. Elongated LED taillights wrap around the cargo hatch adding to the vehicles wide and low appearance. A rear spoiler improves aerodynamics while the integrated dual exhaust pipes add to the SUV’s sporty style.
The next generation MDX production model will be available this fall, bringing a whole new level of performance to the Acura light truck lineup. Track-tuned at the famed Nurburging in Germany, the all-new MDX will feature outstanding performance and handling. Equipped with a powerful, class leading V6 engine and coupled with Acura’s exclusive Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™), the next generation MDX will re-invent the luxury SUV segment much just as did when it first debuted in 2001.