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Acura MDX (YD2) 2006-2013

TORRANCE, Calif. 09/08/2006 --

Benchmarked against some of the best performance SUVs in the world and tuned on the world famous Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, the completely redesigned 2007 MDX expands on the capabilities - and the appeal - of its highly successful predecessor. With substantial advances in power, handling, traction, luxury, and style, the MDX pushes performance and sophistication in the luxury SUV segment to new heights. The largest and most powerful V-6 engine in Acura history gives the MDX class-leading power and excellent fuel economy while Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) offers all-weather traction coupled with exceptional steering response and cornering prowess. An optional Active Damper System included in the available Sport Package helps give the MDX outstanding chassis control in performance driving, while retaining the comfortable, quiet ride that drivers of luxury vehicles demand. And, in traditional Acura fashion, the 7-passenger MDX has industry-leading standard and available electronics that make the luxurious driver-oriented interior a comfortably connected place.

"The MDX will once again set a new standard in the luxury SUV segment, just as it did when it was first introduced," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, sales. "Bold styling, track tuned performance and the latest technology make the MDX one of the most advanced SUVs on the road."

Driving the MDX's newfound performance is an all-new 3.7-liter VTEC(R) V-6 that is the most powerful normally aspirated 6-cylinder SUV powerplant currently available in America. Rated at 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 275 lbs.-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm, it features a dual-stage intake manifold and an electronic Drive-by-Wire Throttle System(TM) to help it deliver V-8 like performance with the fuel economy of a V-6. The MDX returns an EPA-estimated 17/22 mpg, placing it among the leaders of its SUV class. Despite gains in displacement, horsepower and torque, the MDX meets tough CARB LEV-2/ULEV emissions standards.

The MDX has a standard 5-speed automatic with Sequential SportShift and Grade Logic Control designed to maximize acceleration and fuel economy. Operated via a console-mounted shifter, the Sequential SportShift transmission can function in conventional fully automatic mode, or in manual mode for maximum driver control. With its standard fluid cooler, the MDX's upgraded transmission is a key component supporting the MDX's increased 5000 lb. tow rating.

The all-new MDX features Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM). Mechanically similar to the system in the RDX, this innovative full-time all-wheel-drive system actively distributes the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear axles but also between the left and right rear wheels. By distributing power to help control yaw throughout a turn, SH-AWD(TM) improves traction and reduces understeer to improve handling precision. Working in conjunction with the MDX's standard cooperative Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) with traction control, SH-AWD(TM) provides enhanced traction and driver control, on- or off-road, in rain, snow or ice. When towing, special Trailer Stability Assist algorithms built into the VSA(R) logic help stabilize the vehicle after sensing oscillations of the vehicle and trailer system. For optimum stopping performance, the MDX has a standard 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

With its new emphasis on sporting performance, the second-generation MDX targeted the dynamics and driving feel of its strongest European SUV competitors. This led to the development of a platform with a longer wheelbase, new suspension geometry and calibrations that were tuned on Germany's demanding Nurburgring Nordschleife race circuit.

For an optimized combination of ride comfort and fine handling control, the available Sport Package includes the Active Damper System. Tuned specifically for the MDX, these active dampers can individually adjust from minimum to maximum damping force in as little as five milliseconds to provide improved transient handling, road isolation, and body control. To increase strength while minimizing weight, the MDX takes full advantage of greater use of high strength steel and lightweight aluminum than its predecessor.

The all-new MDX has distinctive exterior styling that builds on the themes embodied in recent Acura products. Framed by high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, the grille retains Acura's trademark pentagon shape, but is 30% larger than that of the previous MDX. The MDX rides on standard 18-inch alloy wheels, and is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor. The body's cleanly sculpted shapes echo those of a high-end megayacht.

The MDX interior blends purposeful sport sedan intensity with the best elements of SUV utility. Soft leather, highly supportive front bucket seats and a driver-oriented cockpit make it clear that the new MDX is focused on the driver, without compromising passenger comfort. The outboard second-row seats echo the style and lateral support of the front seats, giving the interior a unique 4+3 seating design, highlighting its blend of sport and utility. There are many possible configurations for the MDX's three rows of seating, providing a maximum useable cargo volume of 83.5 cubic feet with the second and third row seats folded to provide a flat load floor.

True to form for Acura, the MDX has an impressive selection of standard electronic features that are designed for convenience and ease of use; a Tri-Zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration, a Multi-Information Display (MID) that allows access to multiple electronic functions, and the HandsFreeLink(R) wireless telephone interface that connects with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. In addition, a 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA changer, XM(R) Satellite Radio, 8 speakers, and an auxiliary jack for personal audio devices comes standard.

Three optional packages are offered on the MDX; Technology, Entertainment and Sport. The Technology Package features a spectacular 410-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround(TM) Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc CD/DVD-Audio changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM(R) Satellite Radio. Engineered by Grammy(R) award-winning recording engineer and producer Elliott Scheiner, this advanced 410-watt system delivers six discreet audio channels (instead of the usual two) when playing DVD-Audio discs (DVD-A). The Technology Package also includes the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM), which can display up-to-the-minute traffic information including freeway flow, accident, construction and weather conditions in 44 major metro areas (where available). In addition, the 8-inch (diagonal) Navigation screen displays the image from a rearview camera when the transmission is placed in reverse. Also featured is AcuraLink(TM) Satellite Communication System with Real Time Traffic which allows for 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, providing customers the latest information specific to their vehicle. The final element of the Technology Package links climate control to GPS to automatically adjust the temperature and fan speed according to the position of the sun.

The Entertainment Package focuses on enhancing passenger comfort and convenience. A large 9-inch flip-down TFT color screen is mounted in an overhead console to provide on-the-road entertainment for the second and third row passengers. Audio plays through the MDX's speakers in Dolby Digital surround sound, via two wireless Personal Surround headphones and three audio jacks. The package also includes a 110-volt AC power outlet on the center console, second-row heated outboard seats and a remote power-operated tailgate.

The Sport Package includes all of the upgrades of the Technology Package and adds additional upgrades such as exclusive alloy wheel design and auto-leveling headlights. As the center focus of the Sport Package, the Active Damper System features proprietary fully active dampers that adjust to road conditions on a real-time basis to boost handling precision while maintaining a smooth and controlled ride. Inside, premium full-grain leather seating surfaces and unique textured metallic accents on radio, cupholder and shifter trims are included.

The new MDX provides state-of-the-art safety for its passengers. A new Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) unit body structure evenly distributes collision forces and helps maintain the integrity of the passenger cabin in the event of a severe frontal collision. A special frame member located below the front bumper is designed to engage the front bumper of a lower vehicle, allowing the bumper systems of both vehicles to attenuate crash energy more efficiently.

Inside the handsomely appointed interior, passengers will find more advanced safety features, including the latest generation of dual-stage, dual-threshold airbags for the driver and front passenger. There are also side airbags for the driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all outboard occupants. Front active head restraints help reduce the chance of neck injury and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) mounting systems in the second row of seating allow quick and secure installation of child seats.

Developed at Honda Research of the Americas, the MDX will be assembled at Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario. Like all Acura models, the 2007 MDX is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 powertrain limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.

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Old 09-28-2006, 07:40 AM
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Acura Announces Pricing for All-New 2007 MDX Luxury Performance SUV
Completely Redesigned MDX Features Class-leading Performance, Innovative Styling and Advanced Technology

TORRANCE, Calif. 09/15/1906 --

Acura today announced pricing of the all-new 2007 MDX seven-passenger luxury performance SUV. Making its debut next month at Acura dealerships on October 17th, the 2007 MDX will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $39,995. Track-tuned at the famed Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, the MDX is poised to once again set the benchmark in the luxury SUV segment.

Featuring Acura's most powerful engine in its history, a 3.7-liter VTEC(R) V-6 engine coupled with the innovative Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) system (SH-AWD(TM)), the MDX pushes the limits of SUV performance while retaining the functionality currently enjoyed by the award-winning first generation MDX. The best-in-class engine produces 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 275 lbs-ft of torque at 5000 rpm making it competitive with many V-8 engines without sacrificing fuel economy or low emissions. A new 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and an available Active Damper System sport suspension is designed to satisfy the most performance-oriented drivers.

"The 2007 MDX gives Acura its most powerful lineup ever," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president sales. "With its track-tuned development, bold styling and cutting-edge technology coupled with generous SUV utility, the MDX skillfully balances performance with functionality."

The MDX offers a comprehensive list of standard electronic and convenience features that clearly put it ahead of the competition. The MDX is equipped with a tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control, the HandsFreeLink(TM) wireless telephone interface, a 253-watt, 8-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with a multi-format 6-disc changer, XM(R) Satellite Radio and a convenient MP3/auxiliary input jack for connecting personal audio players.

The MDX's class-leading performance and cutting edge technology complements its state-of-the-art safety features. An Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure enhances passenger protection by helping to absorb and disperse the energy of a frontal impact while directing it around the passenger cabin to preserve the passenger space. It also helps to minimize misalignment in frontal collisions with vehicles of differing sizes, helping prevent override and enhancing the safety of passengers. Inside the MDX, a full complement of passive safety features are found, such as the latest generation of dual-stage, dual-threshold airbags for the driver and front passenger, side airbags for the driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all outboard occupants.

While the MDX is generously equipped right from the start, it is also available with three option packages. Priced at $43,495, the MDX with Technology Package engages the tech-savvy buyer with a 10-speaker, 410-watt, Acura/ELS Surround(R) Premium Sound System engineered by legendary recording producer Elliot Scheiner to create an unmatched listening experience. In addition, the Technology Package also includes several visual and audio communications features such as the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM) and rearview camera and the AcuraLink(TM) Satellite Communication System with Real Time Traffic.

The MDX with Sport Package, priced at $45,595, includes all features found in the Technology Package. It also adds the breakthrough Active Damper System sport suspension, which gives the MDX outstanding levels of handling responsiveness while maintaining refined levels of ride comfort. Also included in the Sport Package is upgraded leather interior trim, a unique alloy wheel design, auto-leveling Xenon headlights and exclusive interior trim.

The available Entertainment Package includes a factory installed DVD Rear Entertainment System along with a 110V outlet, heated second row seats and a remote-linked power operated tailgate, all of which can be added to the Technology Package or Sport Package for an additional $2,200.

Based on a sales weighted average, pricing for the generously equipped 2007 MDX increases 6.17% or $2,546.50 when compared to the previous generation MDX. The all-new MDX offers a whole new level of luxury and provides additional standard equipment including Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (TM) (SH-AWD(TM)), a larger displacement engine, HandsFreeLink(TM), Tri-Zone climate control, in-dash 6 disc CD player, HID Xenon headlights and a host of others. In addition, the 2007 MDX is available with a substantially higher level of optional features.

The destination and handling charge for all 2007 Acura vehicles is $670.

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2007 Acura MDX - Introduction

OVERVIEW

The original Acura(R) MDX(R), produced from 2001 to 2006 model years, broke new ground in the emerging luxury SUV segment. Now, the all-new 2007 MDX takes its predecessor's best qualities and radically expands them, pushing performance and sophistication in the luxury SUV segment to new levels. Benchmarked against some of the best performance SUVs in the world and tuned on the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, the new MDX clearly establishes itself as a driver's SUV. Outfitted with Acura's tenacious Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM)) system and an available sport package with Active Damper System, the MDX yields a combination of handling and comfort that is truly on the cutting edge.

The 2007 MDX is equally daring in its styling and thorough in its safety and environmental responsibilities. Included as standard equipment is the largest array of passive safety features in Acura history. The MDX's class-leading 300-hp VTEC(TM) V-6 makes as much power as some competitive V-8s, yet delivers ultra-low emissions and excellent fuel economy. Inside the 7-passenger interior, the MDX offers thoughtful luxury and an unmatched range of advanced available technologies, including the Acura Navigation System and AcuraLink(TM) Satellite Communication System with real-time traffic and a spectacular 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround(TM) Premium Sound System.

Altogether, the all-new 2007 MDX embodies Acura's commitment to performance, luxury, quality and style, together with parent company Honda's global mandate for safety and environmental care. The 2007 MDX is the sixth Acura project to be designed and engineered in the United States, including the 1997 CL, 1999 TL, 2001 CL, 2001 MDX, and 2004 TL, and several award-winning Honda products.

POWERTRAIN FEATURES

* 3.7-liter, SOHC, VTEC(R) V-6 engine
* 300 horsepower @ 6000 rpm SAE net*
* 275 lbs.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm SAE net*
* VTEC(R) (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control)
* 2-piece, dual-stage magnesium intake manifold
* 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift
* Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM))
* EPA estimated mileage of 17/22 mpg (City/Highway)
* CARB-Certified LEV-2 ULEV

*All horsepower and torque specifications reflect revised SAE J1349 net calculations.

BODY & CHASSIS FEATURES

* Unit body structure with extensive use of high-strength steel
* High-Intensity Discharge (HID) low-beam headlights
* MacPherson strut independent front suspension
* Multi-link independent rear suspension
* Torque-sensing, variable power-assist rack-and-pinion steering
* 18 x 8J aluminum-alloy wheels
* P255/55R18 104H M+S all-season tires
* 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
* Cooperative Vehicle Stability Assist(R) (VSA(R)) with traction control and Trailer Stability Assist
* Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
* 5,000-pound tow rating
* LED tail lamps and Center High Mounted Stop Light
* Heated outside mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down and integrated LED directional signals

INTERIOR FEATURES

* 7 passenger (4+3) seating
* Driver-oriented cockpit
* Driver's 10-way power seat, including power adjustable lumbar support
* Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column
* Two-driver custom memory system
* Front passenger 8-way power seat
* Heated front seats
* Tri-Zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and filtration
* 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA changer and 8 speakers, including 8-inch subwoofer and XM(R) satellite radio
* Auxiliary jack for personal audio devices
* HomeLink(R) remote control
* Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions
* Smart Maintenance
* Adaptive and flexible cargo space with multiple configurations
* HandsFreeLink(R) wireless telephone interface is compatible with many Bluetooth mobile phones

SAFETY FEATURES

* Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure
* Side impact door beams
* Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front/rear)
* Driver's and front passenger's dual-stage, dual-threshold airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
* Driver and front passenger's dual-stage knee bolsters
* Driver's and front passenger's side airbags with front passenger Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
* Side curtain airbags for all three rows with rollover sensor
* Front active head restraints
* 3-point adjustable-height front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
* 3-point seat belts at all seating positions
* Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractors (ALR/ELR) (driver has ELR only)
* LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child-seat mounting system for the second-row seats

Technology Package

* Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM) and rearview camera
* AcuraLink(TM) satellite communication system with real-time traffic
* 410-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround(TM) Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc in-dash CD/DVD-audio changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM(R) Satellite Radio
* GPS-linked, solar-sensing, tri-zone, automatic climate control system with humidity control and filtration

Sport Package (in addition to the Technology Package features)

* Active Damper System
* Perforated premium full-grain leather seating surfaces with high-damping front-seat cushion foam
* Exclusive alloy wheel design
* Auto-leveling Xenon HID headlights
* Textured metallic accents on radio, cupholder and shifter escutcheon

Entertainment Package (available with Technology or Sport Package)

* DVD Rear Entertainment System with wireless headphones and remote control
* 115-volt power outlet in center console
* Heated second-row outboard seats
* Remote power-operated tailgate

MARKET SUMMARY

MDX has been very important to Acura, accounting for about 30% of the division's sales since the vehicle's introduction as a 2001 model. Equally important, the original MDX attracted buyers from competitive luxury makes including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus, starting new relationships for Acura.

The new 2007 MDX competes in the Mid Premium CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) segment. Over the next five years (2006-2011) this segment is expected to grow 3.5%.*

*Global Insight, April 2006

TARGET CUSTOMER

Focus groups with luxury customers were conducted in Seattle, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles. These cities were carefully chosen to explore how customers use their SUVs in cold climates, in areas that are traditional domestic-vehicle strongholds, and in areas known for their trend-setting character.

Early in the study process Acura also benchmarked performance SUVs such as the BMW X5 - and polled their owners, typically successful professional families with school-age children - to ensure that the new MDX would meet and exceed its performance. Satisfying these highly discriminating customers means that the 2007 MDX would be well positioned to attract a wider group of potential buyers.

The original MDX appealed to luxury customers. In the new MDX, added performance and handling capabilities boost its appeal for performance enthusiasts, while the luxurious and functional interior continues to satisfy the needs of traditional luxury customers.

ENGINE & POWERTRAIN

With a displacement of 3.7 liters, the 2007 MDX features Acura's largest and most powerful V-6 engine. Developing 300 horsepower and 275 lbs.-ft. of torque, the MDX's output is competitive with many V-8 engines - without the fuel-economy penalty that some V-8 engines suffer. To widen the powerband and improve emissions and fuel economy the engine has VTEC(R) (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control), a dual-stage intake manifold, and an electronic Drive-by-Wire Throttle System(TM). EPA estimated mileage of 17/22 mpg (City/Highway) and a large 21-gallon fuel capacity mean the MDX also has a greater cruising range. The MDX is also designed to meet the latest CARB-Certified LEV-2 ULEV emissions certification.

A 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift is designed to satisfy the most performance-oriented drivers. Tuned on the challenging Nurburgring circuit in Germany, the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM)) system likewise provides handling precision that sets a new benchmark for SUVs. SH-AWD(TM) "actively" varies the torque distribution between front and rear axles - then between the left and right rear wheels - to provide the maximum grip under all driving circumstances. Operating seamlessly and automatically, SH-AWD(TM) overdrives the outside rear wheel up to 1.7% faster than the front wheels to help the vehicle "rotate" around a corner.

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BODY & CHASSIS

The 2007 MDX sets new standards for Acura from styling, engineering, handling and safety standpoints. Its dramatic styling utilizes large surface areas, sweeping curves and decisive angles. Longer, wider and lower (and with a longer wheelbase) than the original MDX, the new dimensions create a more athletic appearance.

The 2007 MDX maintains the same weight as the 2006 MDX, proof of the hard work that engineers invested to keep mass out of the new vehicle in spite of added feature content. Contributing to this is widespread use of high-strength steel, as well as aluminum and magnesium. In addition, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) unit body structure is intended to bring new levels of front crash safety to the MDX.

Befitting its position as Acura's flagship SUV, the MDX is equipped with High-Intensity Discharge (HID) low-beam headlights, a dramatic array of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in the tail lamps and center high-mounted stoplight, and exterior mirror-mounted turn signals. The new grille also reflects a fresh look for the MDX. Careful aerodynamic tailoring reduces drag noise and high speed dynamic stability.

The 2007 MDX has an all-new chassis to complement its 300-horsepower VTEC(R) V-6 engine and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM)). Engineers targeted the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne when developing the MDX chassis, and then tested and refined it at the Nurburgring circuit. The Active Damper System, available in the Sport Package, has proprietary fully active dampers that adjust to road conditions on a real-time basis - in less than five milliseconds (0.005 sec.). The MDX is also at home off-road, where its excellent engine torque, responsive suspension, and generous ground clearance enable it to cross-step through rough terrain with aplomb.

For family recreation, the new MDX tows as well as it goes. With its 5000-pound towing rating, standard trailer pre-wiring, high-capacity radiator with twin cooling fans, ATF cooler and Trailer Stability Assist, the MDX needs only a dealer-installed hitch and wiring to tow a substantial trailer.

INTERIOR

Acura reinvented the MDX's luxurious interior for 2007 while adding to its appeal as a "Driver's SUV." The cockpit environment is focused on the driver, and features a host of technologies to make driving simultaneously more rewarding and relaxing. The interior styling and functionality perfectly coexist with a driver's cockpit that features a 10-way power seat including power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver, electronic tilt and telescoping steering column, a 2-position custom memory system, and a Multi-Information Display (MID) that allows access to multiple electronic functions.

The interior design is as dynamic and contemporary as the exterior, with a "4+3 seating" concept that luxuriously hosts four passengers in the first and second row seats, while also offering comfortable accommodations for three additional passengers (one in the second row and two in the third row). The front passenger enjoys an 8-way power seat of their own, while everyone on board will appreciate the MDX's Tri-Zone automatic climate control system and new 253-watt, 8-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM(R) Satellite Radio. An auxiliary jack for personal audio devices is also included. Standard convenience features include HomeLink(R), Smart Maintenance, and adaptive and flexible cargo space with six configurations. Included in the available Entertainment Package is a power tailgate, the first on an Acura SUV.

SAFETY

A new Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) unit body structure, plus several new passive-safety technologies, help bring the 2007 MDX to the next level of safety. ACE(TM) more evenly distributes collision forces and helps maintain the integrity of the passenger cabin in the event of a severe frontal collision. The MDX is also less intrusive to smaller vehicles in a head-on collision thanks to a special frame member located below the front bumper that's designed to engage the front bumper of smaller vehicles. The 2007 MDX meets two newly upgraded federal safety regulations, FMVSS 208 and FMVSS 301, which will begin to be required for the 2007 model year.

Also new are active head restraints and dual-stage knee bolsters for the driver and front passenger. The driver and front passenger are protected by dual-stage, dual-threshold airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) and side airbags with front passenger Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS). Occupants in all three rows of outboard seats are protected by side curtain airbags. A rollover sensor adds a further level of protection.

The 2007 Acura MDX continues its "Safety Through Innovation" with pedestrian protection features such as a deformable aluminum hood and hood hinges, and breakaway windshield-wiper pivots.

MANUFACTURING QUALITY

Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario was chosen as the assembly plant for the new MDX. A special dynamic quality-control process will be used to ensure the highest possible level of attention to detail for every MDX produced. After assembly is completed, each MDX will enter a special Acura Quality line. The ability to immediately respond to the smallest quality issue positions the MDX to excel in quality - and in customer satisfaction.

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2007 Acura MDX - Powertrain

OVERVIEW

Given the new MDX's performance goals, its powertrain and driveline were required to advance on multiple fronts. The result is the most powerful normally aspirated 6-cylinder SUV powerplant currently available in America. In addition, the MDX returns competitive estimated fuel economy, and meets tough CARB LEV-2 ULEV emissions standards. To put the newfound power to the ground and provide agile, responsive handling, the MDX has standard Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM)).

The MDX's sophisticated 3.7-liter VTEC(R) V-6 powerplant develops 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 275 lbs.-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm. That gives it the highest horsepower and torque output of any engine in the Acura lineup. The MDX returns an EPA 17/22 City/Highway mpg, placing it among the leaders of its SUV class.

Compared to the previous generation MDX, the new powerplant gained 47 horsepower and 25 lbs.-ft. of torque. Of that horsepower gain, 20 horsepower came from an increase in displacement and a new 11.0:1 compression ratio and 15 more horsepower are due to new intake port shape, valve design and VTEC(R) tuning. The final 12 horsepower is credited to the new MDX's high-flow induction and exhaust systems. Although more powerful, the engine is actually 17.2 pounds or 3.7% lighter than the engine it replaces and offers six percent more displacement. Durability upgrades throughout the powertrain, including a high capacity radiator with twin cooling fans and a standard transmission cooler accommodate the MDX's new 5000-pound tow rating,

A 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift is standard, giving the driver the choice of fully automatic operation or manually shifted via a special shift gate. With the electronically controlled Drive-by-Wire Throttle System(TM) and transmission working together to execute shifts, the MDX delivers smoothly responsive acceleration.

The MDX has standard SH-AWD(TM), the exclusive all-wheel-drive system that actively distributes the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear axles but also between the left and right rear wheels. The result is reduced understeer, superior cornering accuracy and more total cornering performance. For the MDX, SH-AWD(TM) is enhanced with Hill Logic that automatically adjusts the front/rear torque split based on hill grade.

2007 Acura MDX
Engine SOHC VTEC(R) V-6
Displacement 3664cc (3.7-liter)
Compression ratio 11.0:1
Horsepower @ rpm* 300 @ 6000
Torque @ rpm (lbs.-ft.)* 275 @ 5000
Transmission 5 AT
EPA estimated mileage City/Highway 17/22
Emissions certification (CARB/EPA) CARB LEV-2 ULEV
Fuel type Premium unleaded

POWERTRAIN AT A GLANCE

Engine

* 3.7-liter, SOHC, VTEC(R) V-6 engine produces 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 275 lbs-ft. of torque (SAE net - rev 8/04) at 5000 rpm
* VTEC(R) (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control)
* 11.0:1 compression ratio
* 2-piece, dual-stage magnesium intake manifold
* Direct ignition system with knock control
* Variable flow exhaust system
* Drive-by-Wire Throttle System(TM)
* Maintenance Minder system optimizes service intervals

Transmission and Drive System

* 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift
* 5-position straight shifter
* Advanced shift-hold control limits upshifts during spirited driving
* Advanced Grade Logic Control System reduces gear "hunting" when driving on steep hills
* External transmission fluid cooler
* Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM))

Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH)

* 60-degree V-angle for inherently smooth operation
* Maintenance-free serpentine accessory drive with auto tensioner

Emissions/Fuel Economy

* Dual high-flow close-coupled catalytic converters plus under floor catalytic converter
* High capacity 32-bit RISC processor engine control unit
* Meets CARB LEV-2 ULEV emissions standard
* 17/22 mpg (City/Highway)

ENGINE ARCHITECTURE

The 3.7-liter VTEC(R) V-6 in the MDX is the largest and most powerful production engine in Acura's history and incorporates many of the refinements and improvements that have been developed in other Acura powerplants. The MDX engine has a smooth-firing 60-degree V-angle, compact overall dimensions, and actually weighs 17.2 pounds less than the smaller displacement engine it replaces. Aluminum alloy construction including aluminum cylinder sleeves saves weight and improves cooling, while VTEC(R) cylinder heads operate four valves per cylinder for maximum power development.

A high flow intake system, high compression ratio, close-coupled catalytic converters and high flow exhaust make the MDX engine the most powerful normally aspirated 6-cylinder engine in its class.

ENGINE BLOCK

The MDX's lightweight, heat-treated die-cast aluminum-alloy block has cast-in-place aluminum cylinder liners. These high-silicon sleeves dissipate heat better than iron liners. The aluminum sleeves also allow a closer piston-to-cylinder clearance for less operating noise. A new mechanical etching process during manufacturing exposes silicone particles embedded in the aluminum sleeves, which provide a hard piston-ring sealing surface. The block also incorporates a deep-skirt design for rigid crankshaft support and minimized noise and vibration.

CRANKSHAFT/PISTONS/CONNECTING RODS


The MDX uses a forged steel crankshaft for high strength with minimum weight. With their raised crowns, the MDX pistons raise the compression ratio (relative to the previous MDX) from 10.0:1 to 11.0:1. This elevated compression ratio is possible due to an oil jet system that sprays cooling oil on the underside of the piston crowns to keep temperatures in check. New steel connecting rods are forged in one piece and then the crankshaft ends are "crack separated," creating a lighter and stronger rod with a perfectly fitted bearing cap.

CYLINDER HEADS / VALVETRAIN

Like other current Acura V-6 engines, the MDX powerplant uses overhead camshaft cylinder heads. These lightweight components are made of pressure-cast, low-porosity aluminum, and improve overall packaging, enhance exhaust flow and allow the optimal positioning of a primary close-coupled catalytic converter on each cylinder bank. To save weight and reduce parts count, an exhaust manifold is an integral part of each cylinder head casting. Magnesium cylinder head covers save a total of 2.6 pounds.

Special new camshafts are 25% lighter than the camshafts they replace. Assembled from tubular steel shafts with splined steel lobes and journals that are pressed in place, the MDX's camshafts are a first for Acura.

The MDX's new intake port design has an optimized shape that contributes seven horsepower (relative to the old design) to the MDX's 300 horsepower total. Intake valves in the new engine are 36mm in diameter (an increase of 1mm), yet weigh 13% less due to a reduction in material in the valve head. The exhaust valves measure 30mm in diameter, same as in the previous engine.

To ensure positive sealing, a 3-layer shim-type head gasket is used. A single Aramid-fiber reinforced belt drives the overhead camshafts.

VTEC(R) (VARIABLE VALVE TIMING AND LIFT ELECTRONIC CONTROL)

The MDX's VTEC(R) (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) operates the 12 intake valves in two distinct modes. Operation of the intake valves changes to optimize both volumetric efficiency and combustion of the fuel-air mixture. At low engine speeds, the intake valves have low lift and are open a comparatively short period of time during cylinder filling. At high engine speeds where breathing is critical, the valves switch to high-lift, long duration mode to deliver the best volumetric efficiency. The VTEC(R) changeover point is virtually undetectable to the driver and occurs at approximately 4500 rpm.

When the engine reaches the changeover point, the powertrain control module (PCM) triggers the opening of an electric spool valve that routes pressurized oil to small pistons in the intake valve rocker arms. These pistons slide into position to lock together the three intake rockers in a given cylinder, which then follow a single high-lift, long-duration cam lobe.

HIGH FLOW INDUCTION SYSTEM

To improve engine breathing and engine sound, particularly at high rpm and large throttle openings, the MDX has a low-restriction intake system. With a large diameter inlet, a pair of resonators and a low-restriction filter element, the MDX induction system flows an additional 14% more than the previous system.

DRIVE-BY-WIRE (DBW) THROTTLE SYSTEM(TM)

The MDX doesn't use a conventional throttle cable, but instead has smart electronics that connect the throttle pedal to the throttle butterfly in the intake tract. The programmed "gain" between throttle pedal and engine offers better drivability and optimizes engine response to suit driving conditions. The throttle profile of the new MDX has been reworked to provide low speed control, followed by progressively building response at higher speed for improved linearity.

The Drive-by-Wire Throttle System(TM) establishes the current driving conditions by monitoring throttle pedal position, throttle butterfly position, road speed, and engine speed. This information is used to define the throttle control sensitivity. This gives the MDX throttle pedal a predictable and responsive feel that meets drivers' expectations. In the new MDX, the 64mm diameter throttle body is 25% lighter than the previous unit.

2007 Acura MDX #5
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PROGRAMMED FUEL INJECTION (PGM-FI)

The MDX features Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), which continually adjusts the fuel delivery to yield the best combination of power, low fuel consumption and low emissions. Multiple sensors constantly monitor critical operating parameters, such as throttle position, intake air temperature, coolant temperature, ambient air pressure, intake airflow volume, intake manifold pressure, exhaust-air ratios and the position of the crankshaft and cams.

2-PIECE DUAL-STAGE INTAKE MANIFOLD

The MDX uses a dual-stage intake manifold that is designed to deliver maximum airflow to the cylinders across the full range of engine operating speeds. The 2-piece cast-magnesium manifold is also very light. Compared to the 1-piece, dual-stage unit used on the previous generation MDX, the new manifold weighs 53% less and saves 8.0 lbs. Combined with the new exhaust system, induction flow improvements contribute 12 horsepower to the new MDX's 300 horsepower total.

The induction system significantly boosts torque across the engine's full operating range by working in concert with the VTEC(R) valvetrain. Internal passages and two butterfly valves are operated by the powertrain control module provide two distinct modes of operation by changing plenum volume and intake airflow routing.

At lower rpm these valves are closed to reduce the volume of the plenum and effectively increase the length of inlet passages for maximum resonance effect and to amplify pressure waves within each half of the intake manifold at lower rpm ranges. The amplified pressure waves significantly increase cylinder filling and torque production throughout the lower part of the engine's rpm band.

As the benefits of the resonance effect lessen with rising engine speed, the butterfly valves open at 3800 rpm to interconnect the two halves of the plenum, increasing its volume. An electric motor, commanded by the powertrain control module, controls the connecting butterfly valves. The inertia of the mass of air rushing down each intake passage helps draw in more charge than each cylinder would normally ingest. The inertia effect greatly enhances cylinder filling and the torque produced by the engine at higher rpm.

DIRECT IGNITION AND DETONATION/KNOCK CONTROL

The MDX's powertrain control module (PCM) monitors engine functions to determine the best spark timing. An engine-block mounted acoustic detonation/knock sensor "listens" to the engine, and based on this input, the PCM retards the ignition timing to prevent potentially damaging detonation. The MDX has a coil unit for each cylinder, positioned above each spark plug's access bore.

CLOSE-COUPLED CATALYSTS AND VARIABLE FLOW EXHAUST SYSTEM

As in the Acura RL(TM), the exhaust manifolds of the MDX are cast directly into the aluminum alloy cylinder heads to reduce weight and put the engine's two primary catalytic converters as close as possible to the combustion chambers. The 600-cell per-square-inch, high-efficiency converters mount directly to the exhaust port of each cylinder head for extremely rapid converter light-off after the engine starts. A significant weight savings and reduction in parts count is realized by eliminating traditional exhaust manifolds.

Downstream of the close-coupled catalyst, a hydroformed 2-into-1 collector pipe carries exhaust gases to a single secondary converter under the passenger cabin. This high-flow unit has a revised shape and a large 62mm outlet (up from 55mm). Downstream of the underfloor catalyst, the system splits flow into a pair of underfloor chambers (the previous MDX used a single chamber) to give the exhaust note a more refined sound. Dual silencers near the rear fascia incorporate an exhaust pressure-activated valve to balance the engine's need for proper exhaust back pressure at low speed and free flow at high speed. With the valve in each silencer closed, the exhaust sound level is muted for quiet cruising. When exhaust flow increases sufficiently due to high rpm and a large throttle opening, the silencer valves open and provide a secondary exit path inside the silencer chamber. In total, the MDX's exhaust system refinements improve flow potential by 18%.

EMISSIONS CONTROL

The new 2007 MDX gains displacement, horsepower and torque without any increase in emissions. It meets the tough CARB LEV-2/ULEV emissions standards, and per regulations, is certified to this level of emissions performance for 120,000 miles.

A number of advanced technologies are factors in this emissions performance. The cylinder-head mounted close-coupled catalysts light off quickly after engine start up, and a 32-bit RISC microprocessor in the powertrain control module (PCM) boosts computing power to improve the precision of spark and fuel delivery. Particularly right after startup, better fuel atomization is provided by the high-efficiency multi-hole fuel injectors that deliver fuel to each cylinder.

The MDX's Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system monitors the state of the exhaust gas and tracks multiple engine inputs including intake absolute manifold
pressure, throttle position, intake air temperature, coolant temperature, etc. Based on these inputs PGM-FI continuously adjusts and optimizes the amount of fuel delivered to each cylinder.

ONE-TOUCH STARTER SYSTEM WITH HIGH-POWERED STARTER

Due to the MDX's increased displacement, a new starter motor with 18% more power is used. To ensure consistent starting, the MDX has a 1-touch starter system that maintains starter engagement until the engine starts, even if the driver releases the ignition switch.

IMPROVED AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM EFFICIENCY

To provide greater driving range while maintaining a comfortable interior climate, the MDX has improved air conditioner efficiency. By partially mixing cool cabin air with fresh air in the blower, the amount of compressor operation can be reduced by up to 40% compared to operating exclusively on fresh exterior air. Over the course of a tank of gas, this partial recirculation mode can extend fuel economy by as much as 4 percent. This function operates automatically when the HVAC system is in Auto mode.

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2007 Acura MDX - Body & Chassis

OVERVIEW

The first generation MDX(R) provided a strong blend of adaptable space, functionality, and "anytime, anywhere" mobility, together with a high level of safety and environmental responsibility. This made it perfect for families. Now the new 2007 model retains all of these traditional MDX virtues, while providing an even more exciting visual presence, and far more accomplished handling and ride comfort.

Customers in the luxury SUV arena demand distinctive style. The 2007 MDX provides it with standard 18-inch tires and wheels, standard High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and a signature Acura grille. Driving excitement is equally embraced with a chassis tuned and proven at the Nurburgring circuit and autobahns in Germany.

The exterior has bold, clean and advanced styling details with European cache, and was styled to connect with enthusiast drivers from the moment they first see it. Sitting in the vehicle - and then experiencing it - makes the desire even more intense. Besides featuring a 300 horsepower V-6, the MDX includes Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM)), an available Active Damper System, and lightweight aluminum components used in the suspension and body. Convenience features like a power tailgate, available with the Entertainment Package, further improve functionality and luxury.

EXTERIOR DESIGN GOALS

One of the primary goals in designing the MDX was to keep its traditional strengths but advance its performance and image. The clear direction for the MDX was to create a bold and innovative look that clearly conveyed the "Driver's SUV" nature of the completely reengineered vehicle. Though the grille retains Acura's trademark pentagon shape, it is 30% larger than that of the previous MDX. It is free of molding breaks for a cleaner look, and features dark silver satin plating.

STYLING DEVELOPMENT

The original MDX provided a fine blend of utility, luxury and style. Now the 2007 Acura MDX adds powerful dynamic styling that's a continuation of the themes that have been embodied in recent Acura products. Thanks to its mission to provide high-end dynamic capabilities as well as well-heeled luxury and contemporary design, Acura designers playfully dubbed it the "Driver Dad's SUV" - imagining it as a powerfully elegant SUV befitting a secret agent.

They found inspiration in a high-powered megayacht, which features an exceptionally bold, lean and contemporary design. The challenge was to apply the useful elements of the yacht design to an SUV, and designers found their answer in the adoption of large areas of clean surfaces and the addition of decisive line breaks and dynamic surface curvature. Large 18-inch wheels and tires not only benefit handling, but also create a muscular look.

In front, the 2007 MDX has a distinctive, advanced Acura look. The platform is long, low and wide to enhance cornering and high-speed stability. Compared to its predecessor, the new MDX is over two inches longer overall, with a 2-inch longer wheelbase. The low-slung body also lowers step-in height, making ingress and egress easier.

2006 MDX 2007 MDX Difference
Overall length, in. 188.6 190.7 + 2.1
Overall width, in. 76.2 78.5 + 2.3
Overall height, in. 68.5 68.1 - 0.6
Wheelbase, in. 106.3 108.3 + 2.0
Track, F/R, in. 66.3/66.5 67.7/67.5 + 1.4/1.0

COMPETITIVE COMPARISON

The MDX is both longer and wider overall, and has a significantly wider track than its primary market competitors. As a result it offers dramatic appearance, packaging and utility advantages.

2007 Acura MDX 2006 BMW X5 3.0i 2007 Lexus RX 350 2006 Porsche Cayenne 2006 Volvo XC90 2.5T
Overall length, in. 190.7 183.7 186.2 188.2 188.9
Overall width, in. 78.5 73.7 72.6 75.9 74.7
Overall height, in. 68.2 67.5 66.1 66.9 70.2
Wheelbase, in. 108.3 111.0 106.9 112.4 112.6
Track, F/R, in. 67.7/67.5 62.0/62.0 62.0/61.2 65.2/65.8 64.3/63.9

BODY STRUCTURE

The 2007 MDX is the first SUV developed at Honda Research of the Americas (HRA) to embody the Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure, which distributes collision forces through the structure during a frontal collision while helping to retain the integrity of the passenger compartment. The MDX has a large amount of high-strength steel to help reduce vehicle weight while increasing strength. Alternative materials including aluminum and magnesium are also used throughout the vehicle, further reducing vehicle mass, which helps lower emissions and increase performance.

Attaining a high level of dynamic body rigidity is essential for precise handling, ride quality and quietness inside the cabin. Advances in unit body design allow the 2007 MDX to achieve nearly 20% greater dynamic rigidity than the first-generation MDX. By researching the body's dynamic response to chassis loads resulting from everyday driving events, MDX engineers considered the unit body's "dynamic stiffness" as an entire system, not just as a single component. Thus body rigidity is not an end to itself - rather it is an enabler for enhanced vehicle dynamics, riding comfort, and driving quietness.

Instrumented testing revealed that the "tailgate ring" - the open area surrounding the tailgate - is particularly important for handling, stability and ride. In the 2007 MDX this area has been markedly stiffened, providing the rear suspension with a more solid mounting and netting an improvement in handling precision. In addition, the MDX's floor frames are wider than before for improved packaging and rigidity.

HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL

The 2007 MDX uses dramatically more high-strength steel than the MDX it replaces. Now 56.3% of the steel used is high-strength steel vs. 13% for the previous-generation MDX. The high-strength steel contributes to rigidity, excellent crashworthiness and light weight. High-strength steel is specified in different grades for use in different parts of the vehicle. Some unit body areas using this material include the roof arches, floor cross members, tailgate opening and front rails and body sides.

LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINUM

In addition, some 4.1% of the 2007 MDX body components are aluminum. This material is ideal for certain components such as the hood and instrument panel support, where light weight is required but the strength of steel is not imperative.

The hood on the first-generation MDX was steel, and the weight savings of using aluminum instead of steel for the 2007 MDX hood is 15.5 pounds. Aside from using a unique metal conditioner and phosphate dip prior to painting, there are no unique production challenges for using an aluminum hood - and no ownership compromises either. To improve environmental efficiency, a factory separation line isolates different scrap materials, including aluminum, for recycling.

The aluminum instrument panel support saves an additional 10.5 pounds compared to a traditional steel unit. This support, which connects the A pillars to the front floor crossmember, is a structural element consisting of cast parts, extrusions and sheet aluminum.

AERODYNAMICS

Prototypes of the 2007 Acura MDX spent a total of seven weeks in the wind tunnel to test and develop its aerodynamic properties. The attention to detail in aerodynamic efficiency included the development of body side sills that help keep air from moving underneath the car and causing turbulence. Lift balance and the coefficient of lift were also addressed to keep the MDX stable at high speeds. In this area, internal testing revealed that the MDX meets and exceeds the performance of the BMW X5.

WIND NOISE

Careful attention was paid to reducing wind noise inside the MDX cabin. An acoustic wind tunnel was used to identify and correct noise issues, resulting in the MDX's best-in-class wind noise performance (at the driver's ear point) according to Acura's internal measurements.

An added benefit of this wind tunnel was the ability to rotate the MDX sideways into the airflow. This allowed engineers to approximate even the most severe gusting side winds and solve unexpected and unwanted wind noise that could accompany such severe conditions.

The MDX's sunroof is larger than the one in the previous generation and is also the widest of any direct competitor. A finely tuned deflector ensures that the sunroof does not add objectionable wind noise when in the open position, even at highway speeds. Attention to detail in the sealing of the doors and tailgate also heightened the performance of the MDX's overall wind noise level.

INSULATION

Engineers attacked noise from virtually every source inside and outside the MDX. Their primary goal was to reduce noise at its source. One creative noise-reduction technique is the use of composite seals in the exterior door panels. These composite seals actually serve two purposes - to reduce the transmission of noise through the doors, and to shield the interior components from dirt and water while driving through rain or puddles. The new door insulators provide a substantial reduction in objectionable sound - up to five decibels on some roads.

DOORS

The MDX's door handles are sized for comfort as well as ease of use, regardless of whether the user is bare handed or wearing winter gloves. There are three door checker positions - the detent mechanism that holds the door partially open - instead of the usual two, providing a convenient "in between" position in tight parking situations. The door openings are finished with an attractive composite garnish that hides the doorsill when the door is open.

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Judging by the pictures - world's first SUV with a trackday capability
Yes...I particularly like its SUVing abilities as demonstrated by these pictures.
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GLASS

Normally only sports cars use windshields with highly compound curves. Deeply contoured glass is more complex and costly to make and is usually reserved for low-production vehicles. Designers specified deeply curved acoustic glass for the MDX for its styling appeal as well as to improve aerodynamic efficiency and quietness. The rear glass is likewise a deep wraparound design - the deepest in the Acura product range.

The MDX has an auto up/down feature for the driver and front passenger's 3.5mm thick side windows. The 2007 MDX offers 273 degrees of visibility compared to 266 degrees of visibility for the BMW X5, which is a significant accomplishment considering the increased size of the new head rests mandated by the government's FMVSS 202 safety regulations.

All glass from the B-pillar back has a gray tint to reduce eyestrain and heat buildup inside the cabin. In addition, the outside rearview mirrors use a special blue glass, sourced from Germany, that provides bright imaging along with excellent glare resistance.

HID HEADLIGHTS

All 2007 Acura MDX models include high-intensity discharge (HID) low beams with halogen high beams. The advantages of HID headlamps include greater lighting power, daylight type lighting and reduced power consumption. They provide 690 lumens of lighting power, up from the 350 lumens of the 2006 Acura MDX halogen low beams. In addition, the cutlines of the new HID headlights are extremely precise, providing maximum nighttime visibility without distracting other drivers.

The 2007 MDX features Daytime Running Lights (DRL), which turn on with the ignition. The MDX with the optional Sport Package features an auto-leveling feature, which similar to the Acura RL, keeps the headlights level regardless of how the vehicle is loaded with passengers or cargo.

To ensure a high degree of theft prevention the HID headlights are attached to the unit body with multi-strand steel cables. Halogen fog lamps are also included as standard equipment on all MDX trim levels.

LED TAILLAMPS


Two Light-Emitting Diode (LED) arrays, comprised of 12 LEDs apiece, are used for the tail lamps of the 2007 MDX. Likewise, the Center High Mount Stop Lamp features a single array of 16 LEDs. Advantages of the LED taillights include an elegant contemporary appearance, quicker turn-on time compared to a conventional incandescent bulbs, and significantly greater service life. LEDs are also brighter, smaller, lighter and produce less heat than incandescent lights. The LED high mount stop light was selected for its appearance and ability to produce the required lighting brightness with slender physical dimensions. LEDs are also used in the MDX's outside mirror housing-mounted turn signals, improving visibility during lane changes or turns.

POWER TAILGATE

Acura's first power tailgate system is available on the 2007 MDX with Entertainment Package. It can be operated either from the remote key fob, from a button on the driver's door panel, or from a button located inside the tailgate. The location of the motor in the D pillar instead of in the roof allows excellent headroom for the third-row seats. The tailgate can also be operated manually.

RESIN FUEL FILLER DOOR

The MDX fuel filler door is operated remotely from inside the vehicle via a switch on the driver's door panel. The fuel-filler door is made of a composite resin material that is lightweight, dent resistant and corrosion proof. For a better appearance the inside of the door is a flangeless resin design.

BUMPERS

The front and rear bumpers are constructed of a structural beam covered with a plastic fascia and are rated to withstand impacts of up to five mph without sustaining significant damage. An attachment point for a tow hook is located under a small cover on each bumper fascia. Removing the cover allows access to a threaded boss that accepts a steel eyebolt located in a holder in the jack storage area.

EXTERIOR PAINT

Inspired by the smooth finishes on fine pianos, Acura set about achieving a mirror-smooth paint finish with a wet, glossy look. To advance the surface smoothness, "orange peel" - the finely undulating surface found on some paints resulting from the evaporation of the paint solvents - had to be all but eliminated. Nine environmentally safer waterborne exterior colors are available, and each uses a durable clear-coat finish that resists scratching and airborne pollutants.

MANUFACTURING

Assembled at Honda of Canada Manufacturing, every 2007 MDX that comes down the line goes through a special inspection area. Here inspectors focus on finding and solving any concerns. The inspection process is dynamic, with changeable parameters based on where any concerns lie.

Along with the RDX, this represents the first time Acura vehicles are separated from Hondas during the assembly process. It represents Acura's commitment to being at the leading edge of quality, and is befitting of the most exclusive Acura SUV ever created.

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2007 Acura MDX - Interior and Safety

OVERVIEW

The core MDX themes of driving enthusiasm, intelligent functionality, technology and luxury are clearly in evidence in the all-new interior. Acura's flagship SUV blends sport sedan intensity with the best elements of SUV utility. And in perfect keeping with Acura tradition, the MDX integrates the latest technology into a seamlessly intuitive package that puts the emphasis on driving.

New attention to detail and luxury distinguish the MDX interior. Softer leather seating, highly supportive front bucket seats and a driver-oriented cockpit make it clear that the new MDX is focused on the driver - but not at the expense of passenger comfort. The power driver's seat adjusts 10 ways for optimum comfort, and the front passenger seat is 8-way power adjustable. The outboard second-row seats mirror the style and lateral support of the front seats, giving the MDX interior a unique 4+3 feel that highlights its blend of sport and utility. Convenience and cargo features abound, including under-floor storage in the cargo compartment and an available power-operated rear tailgate.

As Acura's flagship SUV, the MDX offers a formidable list of standard equipment. A leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel provides the driver with fingertip control of key functions in an interior environment that's maintained by a Tri-Zone climate control system with humidity control. Precise backlit LED instrumentation with spun metal appearance and Acura's legendary attention to control function and feel make the MDX driver's seat the place to be. A standard 8-speaker Acura Premium Sound System plays nearly every type of current audio format, and includes standard XM(R) Satellite Radio and an auxiliary jack for the easy connection of a personal audio player. The Acura Music Link system is available as an accessory for seamlessly integrated control of an Apple iPod(C). With the HandsFreeLink(R) wireless telephone interface that's compatible with many Bluetooth mobile phones, staying connected on the road is no problem.

The available Technology Package adds even more capability, and integrates perfectly into the MDX's performance-oriented driving environment. The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM) with rearview camera, has a brilliant 8-inch screen and includes the AcuraLink(TM) Satellite Communication System with Real-Time traffic, which can help the MDX driver navigate around congested freeways. The Technology Package's spectacular 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround(TM) Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc DVD-AUDIO changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM(R) Satellite Radio provides a state-of-the-art soundtrack. For each of up to six compatible phones on all trim levels the system can store up to 50 numbers with voice tags, while the technology-package equipped MDX can import up to 1000 names into the Navigation system phonebook.

For even more luxury, the available Sport Package includes extra-soft premium perforated leather seating surface inserts. The optional Entertainment Package includes a DVD Rear Entertainment System complete with a flip-down 9-inch TFT screen, dual wireless headphones, a wireless illuminated remote control, and 115-volt plug in the center console.

Interior Features

* 4+3 seating concept
* Driver-oriented cockpit
* Dynamic and layered styling theme
* Driver's 10-way power seat including power adjustable lumbar support
* Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column
* 2-driver custom memory system
* Front passenger 8-way power seat
* Tri-Zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and filtration
* 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA changer and 8 speakers, including 8-inch subwoofer
* Auxiliary jack for personal audio devices
* HomeLink(R)
* Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions
* Adaptive and flexible cargo space with six configurations
* HandsFreeLink(R) wireless telephone interface is compatible with many Bluetooth mobile phones

Technology Package

* Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM) and rear view camera
* AcuraLink(TM) satellite communication system with real-time traffic
* 410-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround(TM) Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc in-dash CD/DVD-AUDIO changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM(R) Satellite Radio
* GPS-linked, solar-sensing, Tri-Zone, automatic climate control system with humidity control and filtration

Sport Package

* Active Damper System
* Perforated premium full-grain leather seating surfaces with high-damping front-seat cushion foam
* Exclusive alloy wheel design
* Auto-leveling Xenon HID headlights
* Textured metallic accents on radio, cupholder and shifter escutcheon

Entertainment Package (available with Technology or Sport Package)

* DVD Rear Entertainment System with wireless headphones and remote control
* 115-volt power outlet in center consol
* Second-row heated outboard seats
* Remote power-operated tailgate

CONCEPT AND STYLING

The interior styling of the MDX is based on three key concepts: "4+3" seating, a driver's oriented cockpit and a dynamic and layered overall interior look.

4+3 Seating

The concept of 4+3 seating emphasizes the comfort, luxury and style of the front seats and the outboard second-row positions. These seats share the same styling theme, and have substantial side bolsters to provide secure lateral support when the MDX is cornering. The second-row center position and the two seating positions in the third row are used less frequently, and as such styled more stealthily. Nested headrests in these positions provide a clean appearance, and in the third row, allow the seat to be folded flat without the need to remove the headrests.

Driver-Oriented Cockpit

To put the MDX's various systems under the clear control of the driver, a "Driver-Oriented Cockpit" theme guided the design of the cockpit. Analog central instrumentation is supplemented with digital and graphic displays. The interface with the MDX's many advanced systems is simple and intuitive. Sight lines are clear with important items placed within easy view.

Frequently used systems, like the audio system and cruise control, have switches positioned on the steering wheel. The multifunction Interface Dial, which operates navigation system functions, is positioned just ahead of the shifter lever within easy reach.

Dynamic Styling

The MDX envelops its passengers with dramatic shapes that sweep from the center console, across the instrument panel and then into the door panels. Sculptural and warm wood-patterned trim creates a zone of luxury for the front passenger. Rich textures interplay with sleekly technical metallic accents in the MDX interior to create an atmosphere of luxury and advanced technology.

LEATHER-WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL

The MDX's driver-focused control layout is clearly in evidence in the steering wheel. Audio system controls are positioned on the left spoke, and cruise control switches are on the right spoke.

The five o'clock position on the wheel has switches that operate the Multi-Information Display (MID). The seven o'clock position is reserved for HandsFreeLink(R) and Technology Package navigation system controls, including a push-to-talk button to activate the voice recognition system, which provides voice control over a wide range of features.

INTERIOR MATERIALS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

The MDX pushes interior luxury to a new level with a range of thoughtful touches. Special care has been taken to create surfaces with a pleasing tactile feel. Door grab handles have a soft-touch grip, the instrument panel has a soft feel and a seamless passenger airbag cover, and passenger grab handles have a dampened motion. Quality is further revealed in the soft, low-gloss instrument panel top, detailed door panels, door sash garnishes, and flush seatbelt upper anchors.

SEATING

In keeping with its 4+3 seating arrangement, the MDX offers two types of seating. To provide a blend of sporting support and comfort for four passengers, the MDX has deeply-bolstered sport sedan seating in front and in the outboard second-row positions. For the less frequently used second row middle position and the two third-row positions, comfort and versatility are the goals.

The front bucket seats and outboard rear seats have pronounced side bolsters to provide lateral support for aggressive cornering, along with abundant comfort for long drives. On the Sport Package, the front seats feature a new type of seat base foam that improves damping of small vibrations for improved comfort. Redesigned seat frames and power adjustment mechanisms reduce flex for a more solid feel. The driver's seat is 10-way power adjustable and includes a power-adjustable lumbar support mechanism. The driver's seat is part of a 2-driver automatic memory system that includes the exterior mirrors, climate control, and electronic presets. The front passenger seat is 8-way power adjustable. Both front seats are heated.

For easy access to the third row of seats, the passenger-side second-row seat slides forward and the seatbacks flip forward. The MDX's seating surfaces are wrapped in special leather using a new soft and flexible tanning system, solid embossing and color coating. The result is a softer, richer feel coupled with excellent durability.

In terms of seating dimensions, the MDX is similar in size when compared to its predecessor. It has gained second-row leg room, front headroom, shoulder room in the first two rows, and has more hip room in the second row.

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SEATING SURFACES

All MDX models feature high quality perforated leather seating surfaces as standard equipment for the first and second row seats. In addition, the special premium leather included in the Sport Package is the softest leather ever offered in an Acura. This full grain leather has not been corrected or altered and shows the natural leather grain. A soft, flexible coating system provides maximum softness while retaining excellent abrasion resistance. Breathable perforated inserts in the first two rows add to passenger comfort. With the premium leather, leather application is increased to the second row center passenger area.

INTERIOR CONVENIENCE AND UTILITY

Thoughtful features abound in the MDX interior. The front center console has individual armrests for driver and passenger to allow for storage access without disturbing the other armrest. A pocket in the passenger side of the console provides room for small items. In the second row, the flip-down padded center console features pullout dual cup holders. All four doors offer storage pockets, and storage for sunglasses is provided in the front overhead console. Storage pockets and cupholders add convenience to the third row
seating area. Under-floor storage, grocery bag hooks and cargo tie-down points boost cargo area usefulness.

CARGO CARRYING VERSATILITY

The MDX easily adapts to a variety of missions. In all, there are six possible configurations for the MDX's three rows of seating. Behind the rear seats, there are 15 cubic feet of storage that's easily accessible though the flip-up rear hatch (power-operated in the Entertainment Package). With the 50/50 third row seats folded flat (the headrests can be left in place), the capacity jumps to 42.9 cubic feet. For the maximum cargo volume of 83.5 cubic feet, the 60/40 split-folding second row seats can also be folded down, producing
a flat load floor in the rear.

INTERIOR LIGHTING

Significant engineering went into the MDX's interior lighting, to provide clear visibility, the right ambience and optimized illumination levels regardless of ambient lighting. The analog instruments are LED backlit, with high-contrast markings and a subdued blue accent hue. Transparent illuminated pointers provide clarity and a high-end look. Auto Interior Dimming automatically and progressively adjusts the instrument and navigation system (if so equipped) illumination to suit the ambient lighting conditions. The sensitivity is owner-adjustable to one of five different levels, or interior dimming may be switched off entirely. The MDX has a progressive self-illuminating gauge package. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes to life, and then brightens progressively when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument needles and enunciator lights then come alive, indicating that the MDX is ready to drive. When the key is switched off, the instrument lighting dims progressively. For easy location in the dark, all of the MDX's switches are illuminated, including those on all four doors and the steering wheel. Blue low-level LED ambient lighting in the ceiling illuminates the front center console and map lights are provided for the two front seats and the two outboard second row seats. A dome light is provided above the third-row seats. All four doors have courtesy lights that are illuminated when
the doors are open; the rear tailgate has a light that illuminates the area immediately behind the vehicle for easier cargo loading. The MDX has interior lights featuring "theater dimming," which can be set by the driver to any of three dimming times, via the Multi-Information Display (MID).

TRI-ZONE AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM

To maximize passenger comfort, the MDX has standard Tri-Zone automatic climate control that allows the driver, front passenger and rear zone to be set to different temperatures. Rear zone controls are conveniently positioned on the rear of the center console. With the touch of a button, the driver can
synchronize the rear temperature with that of the driver area at any time.
When equipped with the Technology Package, the climate control benefits from GPS-linked, solar-sensing. Based on its continuously updated vehicle position information, the navigation system determines the position of the sun relative to the driver and passenger. When in AUTO mode, this information is combined with input from the solar sensor located on top of the instrument panel to automatically adjust the temperature from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating.

Humidity Control System

To help avoid window fogging situations, the MDX's automatic climate control system has a cabin humidity control system. This new control system provides greater passenger comfort and minimizes the time the air conditioning runs. When set to operate in AUTO mode, a temperature and humidity sensor located in the front of the passenger cabin monitors the interior climate. If the system determines that there is a low probability of window fogging, it maintains a comfortable humidity level of around 20%. The more natural humidity level compared to the previous MDX makes for greater skin comfort, reduces fatigue and dehydration and improves passenger alertness. If the system determines that potential window fogging conditions exist, it changes the climate control parameters to help keep the windows clear. In these situations, the air conditioning system is set to MAX, the air outlet mode is switched to HEAT/DEF and the fan speed is gradually increased to reduce the chances of window fogging.

MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY (MID)

A LCD Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned in the instrument cluster provides important vehicle information to the MDX driver. An illuminated control on the instrument panel lets the driver cycle through various screens, including vehicle mileage and trip mileage and trip computer functions including average and instantaneous fuel economy. The Maintenance Minder System also alerts the driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID. The MDX has controls positioned near the steering wheel hub that allow the driver to cycle the display through multiple screens of information while keeping both hands on the wheel.

OVERHEAD CONSOLE

The overhead console incorporates a variety of useful features. Controls for the standard HomeLink(R) system are positioned here within easy reach. This latest generation of HomeLink(R) is simpler to program. Other overhead console features include sunglasses storage, controls for interior lighting and the power tilt/slide moonroof.

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2007 Acura MDX - Features

Engineering Features

* 3.7-liter, SOHC, V-6 engine with VTEC(R) (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control)
* 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift
* Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM))
* 2-piece, dual-stage magnesium intake manifold
* CARB-Certified LEV-II ULEV, EPATier-2, Bin-5
* Drive-By-Wire Throttle System(TM)
* MacPherson strut independent front suspension
* Multi-link independent rear suspension
* Torque-sensing, variable power-assist rack-and-pinion steering
* 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
* Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
* Brake Assist
* 18-inch alloy wheels with P255/55R18 104H All-Season tires
*Not yet certified at time of printing.

Safety and Security Features


* Dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags (SRS)
* Front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
* Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
* Active front head restraints
* 3-point height-adjustable seat belts with load limiters and pre-tensioners (front)
* 3-point seat belts (rear)
* 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
* Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) with traction control
* Trailer Stability Assist
* Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights
* Fog lights
* Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
* Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators
* LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child-set mounting system (2nd row seats)
* Child seat tether anchors (2nd/3rd rows)
* Advanced Compatibility Engineering TM (ACE TM) body structure
* Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front and rear)
* Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer
* Rear-window defroster with timer
* Side-impact door beams
* LED mirror-integrated directional signals

Exterior Features

* Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
* Heated outside mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down
* 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
* Auto-on/off headlights
* Body-colored tailgate spoiler
* Rear privacy glass
* Speed-sensing, variable intermittent windshield wipers
* Intermittent rear-window wiper
* Integrated dual-outlet exhaust

Interior Features

Seating and Trim

* Sport seats with leather-trimmed interior
* 10-way power driver's seat w/ power lumbar support
* Front passenger's 8-way power seat
* Heated front seats
* Front center console with dual access armrest
* Reclining 2nd-row seats
* 2nd-row fold-down armrest with cupholder
* 60/40 split folding 2nd-row seat
* 50/50 split folding 3rd-row seat

Comfort and Convenience

* Tri-zone front/rear synchronized automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration
* Cruise control
* Power windows with driver and front passenger's auto-up/down, auto-reverse and key-off operation
* Remote windows-open function
* Remote entry system with Acura personalized settings for driver's seat, steering column, outside mirrors, climate control, select audio settings and more
* Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio, phone, multi-information display and available voice recognition)
* HandsFreeLink(R) wireless telephone interface
* HomeLink(R) Remote System
* Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column
* Simulated Koa wood-grained trim
* Overhead map lights (front and rear)
* Ambient cabin lighting
* Driver and front passenger's footwell lighting
* Door-mounted courtesy lights
* Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob
* Beverage holders (10 locations)
* Front and rear-door storage compartments
* Aluminum threshold garnish
* Carpeted floor mats
* Driver's and passenger's illuminated vanity mirrors
* 12-volt power outlets (front center console and cargo area)
* Passenger lower center-console compartment
* Cargo area lighting
* Seatback pockets
* LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
* Multi-information display (MID)
* Maintenance Minder system
* Trip computer
* Exterior temperature indicator
* Illuminated ignition, power-window and door-lock switches, steering wheel controls and overhead controls
* 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA, and 8 speakers, including 8-inch subwoofer
* XM(R) Satellite radio
* Speed-sensitive volume control (SVC)
* MP3/auxiliary input jack
* Rear-spoiler integrated radio antenna

Optional Technology Package

* Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM), rearview camera and Zagat Survey reviews and ratings
* AcuraLinkTM satellite communication system with real-time traffic
* 410- watt Acura/ELS Surround Premium 10-speaker Sound System with 6-disc CD, DVD-Audio, DTS(R) and Dolby(R) Pro Logic(R) II and AM/FM tuner
* HandsFreeLink(R) wireless telephone interface with phonebook import
* GPS-linked, solar-sensing, tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control
* Interface dial

Optional Sport Package (Also includes Technology Package Features)

* Active Damper System sport suspension
* Premium perforated leather-trimmed interior
* Exclusive alloy-wheel design
* Auto-leveling Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights
* Exclusive interior trim

Optional Entertainment Package (available with Technology or Sport Package)

* Acura DVD Rear Entertainment System
* Heated 2nd-row seats (outboard positions)
* Remote-linked power-operated tailgate
* 115-volt power outlet (front center console)

Available Dealer Installed Accessories

Exterior

* 19" aluminum alloy wheels (Bright Chrome or Sparkle Silver finish)
* Roof rack (roof rails and cross bars available separately)
* Numerous different roof rack attachments to hold skis, snowboards, surfboards, kayaks, bikes, a roof basket or roof boxes
* Trailer hitch and hitch ball
* Hitch-mount bike attachment
* Running boards
* Sport running boards
* Chrome side steps
* Front and rear lower bumper garnish
* Color-matched body side protectors
* Color-matched door edge guards
* Fender garnish
* Hood air deflector
* Moonroof visor
* Full nose mask
* Gold emblems
* Wheel locks
* Engine block heater

Interior

* Acura MusicLink
* All-season floor mats
* Wood grain and leather steering wheels
* Wood grain and leather select knobs
* Auto day/night mirror with compass
* Cargo organizer (soft style)
* Cooler bag
* Cargo mat
* Cargo net
* Cargo liner
* Cargo covers
* Cargo tray
* Cigarette lighter
* Ashtray

2007 Acura MDX #11
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