After the last-year release, we expect that the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will come without bigger changes for its second year of production. This model is a real proof that hybrid cars are not always boring, driven by mid-age family people cars. Moreover, this is the most powerful crossover Acura ever made. It came about a year ago. Although it shares most of the visual characteristics with the recently refreshed model of the current third generation, there are plenty of unique things. All kinds of latest technologies are something that is usual for Hybrid cars. However, this model goes even further. Its hybrid powertrain adopts plenty of the latest technology achievements from the new supercar NSX. So, there is an advanced system consisted of V6 engine and three electric motors. There are also many new technologies in other aspects, especially in terms of safety.
2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid powertrain
Since this crossover came with a brand-new hybrid configuration last year, the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will continue without bigger changes. There is a highly advanced hybrid powertrain with a new 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine, as its main power source. This unit is good for about 257 horsepower and 217 pound-feet of torque. It comes in a combination with three electric motors. There is one permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor with 47 horses and 109 pound-feet of torque, and two other permanent-magnet synchronous AC motors, each with 36 horsepower and 54 pound-feet of torque. So, the total combination of this system is around 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is a 1.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack. When it comes to the transmission, power comes to the wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, which also includes manual mode.
2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid performances and fuel
With all these new technologies, 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid definitely won’t be a boring for driving. Despite the fact that hybrid powertrain adds more than 250 pounds this crossover comes with plenty of power. It needs less than 5.8 seconds for a 0 to 60 sprint, while the top speed goes around 110 miles per hour. In terms of fuel economy, it also provides some good results, especially if we consider other models in class. On a highway, this crossover returns around 27 miles per gallon. In the city, drive result is just slightly weaker and go around 26 mpg.
2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid styling
In terms of exterior design, you will not find many differences compared to the conventional gasoline models. The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will come with the same design, which received some nice updates last year. As you probably know, the current model came with some nice new details, borrowed from a Precision concept. There are things like new pentagon grille, new headlights, taillights and several other visual improvements. Inside, you will also find plenty of new things. Although changes in design are minimal, there are many new technologies and so many new standard features. As it is usual for hybrid cars, the 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid will also come fully-loaded in terms of latest technologies, especially when it comes to safety.
2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid safety
As we already mentioned, 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will come with a whole bunch of safety features. We will see pretty much the same list as on the current model. There are notable standard safety features such as collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation, multi-angle rearview camera etc. Top models will also feature standard features like blind spot information, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic monitors, auto high beam etc.
2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid release date and price
The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid will some somewhere late in the year. We don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current 2017 year model, which starts around 53.000 dollars.