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Next-gen MDX Prototype's interior reveals upgraded cabin with TLX-like looks

The Acura MDX Prototype is a look at what we can expect from the forthcoming next-gen MDX.

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New images of the interior of the forthcoming fourth-generation Acura MDX Prototype showcase an interior rich with style with technology and design straight out of the TLX playbook.

The MDX Prototype will be a foreshadowing of the new MDX, which will launch early next year. Acura promises that the flagship SUV will be the "most premium and performance-focused MDX in Acura history".

The automaker, Honda's premium arm, is already touting the three-row SUV's "striking design, rich and authentic materials, and an array of signature new Acura technologies." The images released to day support the talk.

Acura MDX Prototype

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The cabin of the MDX has been designed to fit the new Acura aesthetic. Its instrument panel is lower and wider. Open pore wood surfaces and hand-wrapped leather with French stitching give the cabin a feeling of luxury. Gradient perforation, and high-contrast stitching, and piping will be featured on the seats of the model.

In the Prototype there is quilting on all three rows of seats. As featured, the seven-seater has a large center console between the captain's chairs in the second row while the console up front appears straight out of the TLX playbook, complete with two upholders, wireless charging pad, shifter, and Acura's touch pad infotainment system controls.

Switchgear is more than just functional. From the door pull to the seat memory, it appears both functional and stylish.

It looks sophisticated and expensive.

Acura has already revealed that the next-gen MDX will feature "first-class seating comfort" which will come by the way of a wider body design and multi-mode front-seat massage functionality.

The MDX Prototype will feature the Acura Precision Cockpit all-digital driver's meter, an ultra-wide full-HD center display with crisp graphics, and a 25-speaker Signature Edition ELS Studio 3D premium audio system with integrated LED ambient lighting.

Images also reveal a large sunroof that takes up a big portion of the roof area of the MDX Prototype.

The exterior of the MDX Prototype has already been revealed in an image shared by the company last week.

Acura will reveal the model in full on October 14.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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General Motors and Lockheed Martin will design a prototype of a vehicle that's capable of traversing Mars.

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Toyota and Hyundai aren't the only automakers getting into the extra terrestrial mobility game. A new partnership between Lockheed Martin and General Motors will develop the next generation of lunar vehicles to transport astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

NASA's Artemis program has plans to send Americans back to the moon. Like the military did when they asked for an off-road-worthy transport vehicle for combat support use in the early 1940s, NASA is asking the automotive and aeronautics industry to develop a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) to enable astronauts to explore the lunar surface father than ever before. The Apollo rovers only ventured 4.7 miles.

Lockheed Martin brings a 50-year history of working with NASA on a variety of deep-space human and robotic spacecraft, such as NASA's Orion exploration-class spaceship for Artemis, to the table. The company's crafts and systems have been to every planet in the solar system.

Lockheed Martin General Motors Partner to Develop Next-Generation Lunar Rover

"This alliance brings together powerhouse innovation from both companies to make a transformative class of vehicles," said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space. "Surface mobility is critical to enable and sustain long-term exploration of the lunar surface. These next-generation rovers will dramatically extend the range of astronauts as they perform high-priority science investigation on the Moon that will ultimately impact humanity's understanding of our place in the solar system."

General Motors, which first worked with NASA during the Apollo missions and helped develop the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), that was used on Apollo 15-17 missions, is bringing its electric battery and autonomous vehicle technology know-how to the partnership.

"General Motors made history by applying advanced technologies and engineering to support the Lunar Rover Vehicle that the Apollo 15 astronauts drove on the Moon," said Alan Wexler, senior vice president of Innovation and Growth at General Motors. "Working together with Lockheed Martin and their deep-space exploration expertise, we plan to support American astronauts on the Moon once again."

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