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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

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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Subcompact SUV

Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing
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After years of rumors and speculation, we finally got confirmation that the Acura Integra is returning. The iconic Japanese sports car left the market in the early 2000s, and has been notably absent since. Now, though, Acura is bringing it back. Today, the automaker announced that production had begun. The new Integra will be the first to be built in the U.S., and production will take place at Acura's Marysville Auto Plant. Interestingly, Acura's five other models are built in the Ohio facility.

2023 Acura Integra2023 Acura Integra reservations begin soonautomotivemap.com

The Integra will start arriving on dealers' lots in early June, and will carry a starting price of $30,800 before destination. The car is the only liftback in its segment, and gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available, but buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission.

2023 Acura IntegraThe new Integra comes as a five-door only. Acura

Acura says the Integra rolls down the same production line as the TLX sedan. The car required a rethink of Acura's production processes, and COVID-19 threw a wrench in development efforts. Acura notes its team worked rmotely and traveled to Japan to collaborate with home-office engineers. The Integra will also usher in a new training process for Acura, where associates learn the vehicle, the production process, and tooling before ever seeing the actual car.

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