Acura rolls out its first hybrid SUV
The new Acura MDX Sport Hybrid system delivers decisive power and control, gaining instant torque and a 45 per cent higher EPA city fuel economy rating compared to the conventional MDX SH-AWD.
Acura’s first-ever hybrid SUV, the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid, will arrive this spring with 30 additional hp and a 45 per cent higher U.S. EPA city fuel economy rating as compared to the conventionally-powered MDX SH-AWD.
The MDX Sport Hybrid applies Acura’s innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, a groundbreaking technology first offered in the RLX Sport Hybrid and more recently, the NSX supercar.
The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is engineered for customers who desire the ultimate in driving refinement, technological sophistication and prestige in a three-row Acura SUV.
Unique elements of the MDX Sport Hybrid’s design and engineering versus its non-hybrid counterpart include the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain with three electric motors and seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT), an advanced Electro Servo braking system, new and model-exclusive Active Damper technology, and an expanded-range Integrated Dynamics System with four distinct modes, including new SPORT+ mode.
The MDX Sport Hybrid’s Integrated Dynamics System engages with nine different dynamic systems within the vehicle, including its electric motors, throttle, steering, transmission and Active Dampers, to provide the driver with an expanded range of selectable performance characteristics to suit their varied driving needs and desires.
The MDX Sport Hybrid powertrain boasts a total system output of 321 hp and 289 lb/ft of torque, up 31 hp over the non-hybrid MDX, making it the most powerful Acura production SUV ever built.
EPA fuel economy ratings of (US) 26/27/27 mpg (city/highway/combined) are up (US) 8/1/6 mpg over the non-hybrid variant.
A 3.0 litre, 24-valve, SOHC V6 power plant with i-VTEC valvetrain and selectable idle-stop capability provides primary motive force, with a peak output of 257 hp and 218 lb/ft of torque.
Three electric motors – a front motor built into the 7DCT, and a rear Twin Motor Unit (TMU) – provide instant torque for a more responsive and vivid driving experience.
An advanced seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) is standard, a feature in common with the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD sedan and in nine-speed form in the NSX.
Unlike a conventional automatic transmission, the DCT offers ultra-quick gear changes and operates without a torque converter, improving efficiency.
The 7DCT can operate in fully automatic mode, or it can be shifted manually via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The hybrid powertrain also features several advancements as part of the on-going development of Acura hybrid technology, including improvements in cooling and packaging of the IPU and PCU, as well as increased hybrid battery power density.