The 2022 Acura MDX Type S specification boasts a 355hp V6 turbo, air suspension

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Details have finally emerged about the new 2022 Acura MDX Type S. Positioned as a performance-oriented member of the MDX range, the average size Luxury SUV gets a turbo V6, Brembo brakes, air suspension, and a longer list of standard features.

Acura takes the heritage “Type S” designation seriously; the badge also appears on the NSX and go the TLX. While we love the thought of an NSX-powered MDX, it’s the TLX that’s been asked to supply its engine. Power comes from a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 355 horsepower and 354 Nm of torque. Acura points out that these figures make the MDX Type S the most powerful crossover or SUV it has ever released. The six-cylinder spins all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission that has been redesigned to provide faster gear changes and a Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system programmed to send up to 70% torque of the engine to the rear wheels. And, as always with Acura’s SH-AWD, 100% of that torque can be sent to the left or right wheel (aka torque vectoring).

Acura’s first air suspension system appears on the MDX Type S. Adaptive and adjustable, the configuration relies on data sent by an army of sensors and user input to make the ride sporty, comfortable or whatever. middle. The use of air springs has also allowed Acura to give the Type S a lift mode, which increases ground clearance by approximately 2 inches when users have to drive in deep snow or rough terrain.

Next, the engineers turned their attention to the brakes. Brembo has provided four-piston front calipers designed to work with rotors that are about half an inch larger than the standard MDX, and Acura points out that it has fine-tuned the electric-servo system to give the Type S a similar pedal stroke to that of the NSX. The red calipers mounted on both axles are visible through 21-inch wheels wrapped in Continental ContiSeal self-sealing tires.

Painting the calipers red was a purely aesthetic decision, but many of the other design changes that help the Type S stand out from the normal MDX serve a purpose. For example, the engine compartment receives about 10% more air thanks to a redesigned grille. And air intakes on either side of the front bumper direct cooling air to a pair of sub-radiators mounted on either side of the engine compartment. Some of these functional changes aren’t immediately visible: Acura has gone so far as to reposition the battery in the trunk to improve weight distribution.

With room for seven passengers, the MDX Type S gets leather and Ultrasuede upholstery, contrast stitching, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and metal pedals. It comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch display for the True touchpad infotainment system. Buyers who want an extra portion of luxury can order the Advance package, which groups full leather upholstery, massage front seats with nine profiles, and a 25-speaker sound system which, we’re told, was developed using the Parquet section of the Carnegie Hall for reference.

Built in East Liberty, Ohio, the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will hit US showrooms in December 2021. Pricing information has not yet been released, but Acura has said it expects a base price in the high-end $ 60,000. . For context, the cheapest member of the MDX training starts at $ 48,245 while the MDX with Advance package starts at $ 61,995.

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