2017 Acura MDX facelift: New grille and Sport Hybrid drivetrain

The 2017 model year update for the YD3 Acura MDX has the brand’s new corporate nose, straight from the Acura Precision Concept, and a hybrid AWD drivetrain.

The most obvious change is the one that’s take place up front, with a new five point grille that’s the new face of Acura, replacing the many much maligned versions of the shield grille. There’s also a new bumper, headlights and hood.

Going on sale in the summer of 2016, the facelifted 2017 MDX also comes with standard electric parking brake with automatic hold, automatic high beams, SiriusXM satellite radio, and 4 2.5A USB ports.

Top line models also ago keyless remote engine start, 20-inch alloy wheel options, powered mirrors, LED fog lights, real wood trim, heated steering wheel, captain’s chairs in the middle row, rear seat entertainment systems, and a surround view camera system.

Coming later in 2016 is the new Sport Hybrid model, which has a 3-motor SH-AWD drivetrain. There’s a 3-liter SOHC V6 and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with integrated electric motor driving the front wheels. Two extra electric motors drive the rear wheels.

All up the Sport Hybrid system has a total of 325hp (242kW) or 35hp (26hp) than the regular 3.5-liter V6. Fuel economy improves to 26mpg (9L/100km) combined, with an estimated 7mpg improvement in city performance.