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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 Type S gets a 355-hp V6.

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The Acura MDX is a sharp three-row SUV that shares its roots with the Honda Pilot. The similarities between the two stop at the platform, however, as the MDX is more upscale, more engaging to drive, and more sharply styled. Acura skipped over the 2021 model year for the MDX, instead opting for a refreshed model in 2022. The new SUV is more of all the good things that it predecessor was, with the addition of new technologies and features. Acura recently announced that production for the higher-performance MDX Type S has begun, meaning we're about to see the hotted-up SUV in the wild.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Interior finishes and features are all high-end.Acura

While the standard MDX gets a 290-hp V6, the Type S receives a massaged version of the engine with a turbocharger that produces 355 horsepower. Beyond its significant power advantage, the Type S also gets adaptive air suspension, Brembo front brakes, and 21-inch wheels. Acura says the Type S is the most luxurious MDX it has made to date. To prove it, the automaker added nine-way massaging front seats and a 25-speaker Acura ELS Studio sound system to the Advance Package trim.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Massaging seats are available for the top Advance Package trim.Acura

Unsurprisingly, the Type S carries a notable price premium over its standard counterpart. The SUV's starting price is $67,745 including destination. The top MDX Type S with Advance Package starts at $73,095. The 2022 MDX was designed, tested, and developed in the United States. It's joined by the standard MDX in production at Acura's East Liberty facility in Ohio. The NSX supercar is also built in America, by hand, in Marysville, Ohio. Additionally, Acura notes that all of its 2022 model-year vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. using domestic and global parts.

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The Integra returns next year as a 2023 model.

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In the last couple years, we've seen a few big-name nostalgic automotive nameplates return to the market. There was the Land Rover Defender and more recently the Ford Bronco. Now, it's Acura's turn to stroll down memory lane, as it gears up for the release of the fifth-generation 2023 Integra. The car will return in 2022 as a four-door with a liftback, and most importantly, it gets plenty of go-fast bits in the places that matter.

2023 Acura Integra While it's true that the Integra looks like other Acura sedans, it's not an indication of how it will drive. Acura

Before we go too far: Yes, the Integra looks like the ILX and the TLX sedans, and yes, it has four doors. Remember that the first-, second-, and third-generation cars were available with four doors. It wasn't until the Acura RSX (sold as the Integra in Japan and Australia) that the car shaved two doors and became exclusively a two-door hatchback. So, while the look may be disappointing to some, it's not out of place.

2023 Acura Integra The new Integra will come with a limited-slip differential and an optional manual gearbox.

All the specs are here, too. The 2023 Integra will get a high-output 1.5-liter engine, a limited slip differential, and an available six-speed manual gearbox. If that isn't the recipe for a fun front-drive enthusiast car, we don't know what is. The prototype rides on matte-finish 19-inch wheels and comes with Brembo high-performance brakes.

2023 Acura Integra Acura will release more details closer to the car's launch in 2022. Acura

Acura says that the 2023 Integra will mark the car's first time being built in the United States, and notes that the car will enter production at its Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. The car will be formally introduced in the first half of 2022, so we'll have to wait until then for detailed specs and pricing information. The good news, however, is that Acura says the car will start around $30,000, making it accessible to a wide swath of the car buying public.

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