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by Matt Brogan

Although Honda stopped selling the MDX here in Australia some years back, the model has remained popular in the land of the SUV with Honda’s US luxury arm, Acura, today releasing its revised 2010 model.

The new MDX gains revisions to its front and rear fascia, as well as a revised suspension set up and an all new six-speed automatic transmission.
The now-infamous chrome Acura “beak” has been toned down, while new 19-inch wheels and brighter tail lamps round out the exterior changes.

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Underneath lies a revised its Active Damper System to enhance handling while preserving comfort levels. The system was fine tuned at the Nurburgring in Germany and features a new algorithm with two driver-selectable settings.

Inside a subtle facelift sees the MDX gain heated and (optionally) ventilated “Milano” leather seats, a thicker sport steering wheel, paddle shifters (mounted behind the wheel), new gauges, revised button placement in the center stack and overall upgraded materials. Acura’s Real Time Weather and Traffic Rerouting features are now available with the optional satellite navigation system.

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The MDX is powered by a revised 3.7-litre V6 engine that develops 224kW / 366Nm, down 7Nm from the previous model. Acura says this move is to ensure longevity and improve fuel efficiency which is now 12.7L/100km combined. A new sequential shift six-speed automatic transmission is now offered as standard.

The 2010 Acura MDX will go on sale in the US from September.




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