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Old 03-23-2016, 05:21 PM
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2017 Acura MDX updated with available 325hp 3.0L V6 Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system!

I'm sure many of you here have already heard . (sorry if already posted)


but sounds as if they lifted the RXL SH-AWD to the new MDX

We knew there were some big changes in store for the 2017 Acura MDX, but we didn't really think that the refresh would be much more significant than a sheetmetal refresh (and yeah, the expected exposed exhausts made it!) and updated interior.

Well, consider our minds blown, since Acura has just revealed that the 2017 Acura MDX will feature a brand new powertrain, becoming the third Acura model to offer its impressive Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system.

The RLX was the first to get it, and used a 3.5L SOHC (J-series) V6 engine combined with three electric motors - a large motor wedged between the engine and 7DCT, and two smaller motors enclosed in a "twin motor unit", which effected torque vectoring on the RLX's rear axle. Total system output: 377hp.

Next came the all new NSX. A bespoke 3.5L DOHC V6 and three motors. The NSX's powertrain uses an all new 3.5L DOHC V6 (not related to the J-series), a new 9-speed DCT, and the layout is reversed compared to the RLX Sport Hybrid.

Now, with the MDX, based upon the preliminary info we've received, it sounds like we're getting a new DOHC 3.0L version of the J-series block. Like the RLX SH-SH-AWD, the MDX will use a 7-speed DCT. And in other great news, the new MDX Sport Hybrid models will also get an "Active Sport Suspension" which is tied in to the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS).

UPDATE. The press release erroneously noted the V6 as being DOHC. We only found out that it was in fact SOHC during our video interview with Gary Robinson, manager of Acura Product Planning.


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MDX Sport Hybrid

The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is the third model to feature Acura’s innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain, joining the Acura NSX supercar and RLX flagship sedan to deliver the ultimate in power and control. The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) with an integrated electric motor powering the front wheels, and a Twin Motor Unit with two electric motors providing power to the rear wheels. Additionally, the system delivers electrified torque vectoring for improved straight line performance and cornering precision in combination with all-wheel-drive power application. Peak powertrain output of 325 horsepower is up 35 horsepower over the non-hybrid model. The MDX Sport Hybrid is anticipated to receive EPA fuel economy ratings of 25/26/26 (city/highway/combined), an estimated 7-mpg city fuel economy rating increase over the (non-hybrid) MDX with SH-AWD.

The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid will be available with Technology and Advance packages. Both add a new Active Sport Suspension that delivers improved ride quality, handling performance and is integrated with the Integrated Dynamics System featuring the dynamic modes of Comfort, Normal and Sport, and exclusive to Sport Hybrid models, a new Sport+ mode.
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I'll likely wait until the 2018 model year and then make the Sport Hybrid MDX my wife's new vehicle.

I wonder if the Sport Hybrid version will forego the 3rd row seats and use the space to put the hybrid batteries. I certainly wouldn't miss the 3rd row - we have no children and we've used the 3rd row once in 8 years.
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I'm interested in the engine as Honda hasn't made a 3.0L engine in 10 years and it's down 52hp from the current J35.

I'm not sure how many SUV buyers will like hybrid as the rear wheels only have 72 hp (22%). The non-hybrid SH system can send 70% of the power to the rear.

How much can the hybrid tow, the RLX SH - 0, with the same transmission and more power?

Any ideas how much the MDX hybrid will weigh? The EPA estimates look reasonable compared to the the RLX SH EPA ratings which are optimistic.
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The third row is a big selling point, my guess is no spare tire.
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Order for one please. I will gladly trade my new 16 MDX in on a 2018 model so as to eliminate any 1st year model technical issues with the 2017 version. I don't care what the price is. Sign me up!
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