Acura Delivering Its First Hybrid SUV To Dealers in April

Acura is ready to bring its first-ever hybrid SUV to dealers next month.

Deliveries of the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid will start in early April. Built on the conventional MDX SH-AWD, it will start at $51,960, just $1,500 over the gasoline-only version.

The luxury brand is targeting customers who want it all – performance, refinement, utility, and fuel economy. Power and performance come from three electric motors, 7-speed dual clutch transmission, an advanced Electro Servo braking system, MDX Sport Hybrid-exclusive Active Damper technology, and an expanded-range Integrated Dynamics System with four modes including the new SPORT+ mode.

It has more power and better mileage than the conventional MDX – 30 more horsepower and 45 percent better mpg in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s city fuel economy rating. A 3.0-liter, SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine, plus a three-motor powertrain, can deliver 321 horsepower and 289 pounds-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings of 26/27/27 mpg for city, highway, and combined, are up 8/1/6 mpg over the conventional model.

The utility and functionality come with ample space in the three-row sport utility. Acura boasts that owners get to have all the luxury perks and high performance, plus fuel economy, without giving up interior space or cargo volume. There’s enough interior space to carry up to seven passengers. High-torque performance from three powerful electric motors also support Acura’s utility claim, along with electric torque vectoring.

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Acura engineers have mounted the electric drive to operate independently of the gasoline engine. Two rear-mounted electric motors transfer both positive and negative torque directly to the rear wheels. Always-on electric torque vectoring capabilities are able to eliminate weight and energy losses that come from a conventional driveshaft and differential mechanism.

The MDX Sport Hybrid also carries over from the conventional MDX a three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system. That drive system has also been used in Acura’s RLX Sport Hybrid and the NSX “supercar.”

The MDX Sport Hybrid joins three other Acura hybrids – the ILX, NSX, and RLX Sport Hybrid.


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