Acura revealed more details about the first MDX Type S, as the most powerful, most maneuverable, and most generously equipped Acura SUV. The 2022 MDX Type S, a high-performance variant of the new Acura flagship, will be hitting Acura dealerships across the country this December, with prices ranging from the high $ 60,000 range.
The third Type S model to debut this year, the MDX Type S is a high-performance SUV at its core, built on the MDX’s exclusive platform of extremely rigid models built with the Type S model in mind. rows take Acura SUV performance to the next level with Acura’s new 355-horsepower V6 Turbo Type S engine, standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®) torque vectoring system, and adaptive damping coupled for the first time with air suspension. Powerful Brembo front brakes and 21-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance rubber complete the package.
“The MDX Type S is for people who love to drive,” said Emile Korkor, Acura’s assistant vice president of National Sales. “It offers an unmatched combination of exciting dynamics, premium features, and familiar adaptations.”
The MDX Type S advances the essence of Precision Engineered Performance, with significant enhancements to all elements of the driving experience and a distinctive visual appearance inside and out. The Type S models were designed for those who enjoy driving with more power and improved handling and braking, without compromising their comforts or everyday driving.
Exclusive Type S design
Numerous proprietary design features distinguish the performance variant of the MDX, including a unique front diffuser and open-faced pentagonal diamond grille that increases airflow and allows about 10% more air to enter the engine bay. . For added cooling, side vents surrounding the grille direct air to a sub-radiator on each side of the engine compartment.
At the rear, the MDX Type S features a diffuser flanked on each side by two large round tailpipes. As with the TLX Type S, the MDX Type S will be available in a striking Tiger Eye Pearl paint exclusive to the Type S.
The MDX Type S also features exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels in Shark Gray or Saloon Black with a milled finish on the Advanced Package. The wheels feature resonators to reduce road noise and are wrapped in Continental ContiSeal 275 / 40ZR21 tires, the first self-sealing tires to fit an Acura product.
Exclusive turbocharged V6 engine for Type S
At the heart of the 2022 MDX Type S is the Turbo V6 engine created exclusively for Type S models. Acura’s new 3.0-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 produces 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, with direct injection. and a twin-inlet single turbocharger. Developed by some of the company’s most experienced powertrain engineers, including members of the team that developed the custom-built twin-turbo V6 hybrid power unit for the NSX, this engine debuted in the TLX Type S earlier. of this year. This makes the 2022 MDX Type S the fastest and most powerful Acura SUV ever.
Redesigned to accommodate the added torque of the new engine, the 10-speed automatic transmission is now more robust and shifts faster. Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive with torque vectoring comes standard. The system, now in its fourth generation, can send up to 70% of engine torque to the rear axle, and 100% of that torque can be distributed to the left or right wheel.
Chassis tuned for performance
The MDX Type S features a performance-tuned chassis with double-wishbone front suspension and the first air suspension system used in an Acura vehicle. Acura’s Adaptive Damper System, which continuously adjusts damping force based on sensor recordings, also comes in standard mode.
For Type S, the dampers use exclusive valve rates to give the SUV a sportier feel with more feedback in the seven driving modes of the Integrated Dynamic System. In addition to the Normal, Comfort, Individual, Snow, Sport, and Sport + modes, exclusive to the Type S, the MDX Type S features a new lift mode that increases ground clearance by 2 inches to better navigate rough terrain or snow deep. To improve balance and maneuverability, the battery was moved from under the hood to the cargo area.
The result is the best handling and most dynamic SUV in Acura history. A true machine for drivers, it also boasts exceptional ride quality with adjustable height, automatic load leveling, and even programmable parking height.
Braking performance was improved thanks to the addition of larger and more robust Brembo® front brakes. New red four-piston Brembo® front calipers hold 14.3-inch (+0.5-inch) diameter rotors to improve stopping power. The rear brake calipers are also painted red.
First developed for the second-generation NSX, Acura’s servo-electric braking system was also re-tuned to give the MDX Type S a supercar-like braking pedal. Standard on all MDX models, the system enables engineers to precisely control brake pressure electronically to fine-tune a vehicle’s brake pedal force.
A new level of Acura craftsmanship
Inside the 7-passenger MDX Type S, the soft Milano leather seats in red, ebony, or the new light orchid are accented with premium black Ultrasuede® inserts. The Type S builds on the already prominent standard MDX interior, with a motorsports-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel with the Type S emblem, contrast stitching on the dash, doors, and lower instrument panel, metallic sport pedals, and a glove box handle with a metallic coating. A 12.3-inch, fully digital Acura Precision Cockpit instrument display comes standard along with Acura’s award-winning True Touchpad Interface paired with an ultrawide 12.3-inch HD center display.
The 2022 MDX Type S with Advance Package takes the Acura interior experience to the next level, adding full Milano leather with a special curvilinear upholstery pattern on the front and middle row seats, and the exclusive availability of azurite blue leather. The Advance Package also features Acura’s first-ever massage front seat implementation and a new ELS STUDIO 3D® Signature Edition premium audio system with 25 speakers that create a class-leading audio experience.
The massage seats offer the driver and passenger nine different massage options, including Wave, Shiatsu, Rejuvenation, and Zen. Using the Parquet section of Carnegie Hall as a reference, the ELS STUDIO 3D Signature Premium Audio System Edition features over 1,000 watts through 25 speakers, dual amplifiers, carbon speaker cones, and lighted speaker grilles in sync with customizable Acura IconicDrive ambient lighting.
Advanced safety and driver assistance features
All 2022 MDX models, including the new MDX Type S, come with an expanded package of advanced AcuraWatch driver assistance and safety technologies, including updated Lane Departure Mitigation (RDM), as well as new technologies such as Driving Assist. Traffic Jams (TJA), a driver attention monitor, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection (Pedestrian AEB), and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).
The MDX also offers a new front and rear low-speed braking system that uses sonar-based parking sensors to detect solid objects at low speeds and warn the driver or apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision. When the vehicle is moving forward or backing between 1 and 6 mph, the system can detect objects in front of or behind the vehicle and assess whether there is a danger of collision. If an object is detected, the system provides visual and aural alerts and applies acceleration and braking control.
The Type S also offers advanced levels of crash protection performance with Acura’s patented Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, as well as new front passenger airbag technology. The airbag uses a patented three-chamber design designed to more effectively protect the head of the front seat occupant and help mitigate potential injuries in head-on collisions at steeper angles.
As a result, all MDX models, including the MDX Type S, achieve a Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and are expected to earn a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.
Designed, Developed, and Manufactured in the USA
The 2022 Acura MDX Type S was designed, structured, and developed in the United States. The design was handled by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, California, while the full platform and vehicle development was led by engineers at the company’s development center in Raymond, Ohio. Like the MDX, the MDX Type S is manufactured exclusively at the company’s East Liberty, Ohio automobile plant, while the 3.0-liter turbocharged engine is produced at the company’s Anna, Ohio engine plant. The 10-speed automatic transmission is manufactured at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant, and the SH-AWD® system front power extraction unit and rear differential are assembled at the Russells Point, Ohio plant, also owned. of the company.