The MDX has always been a vastly important model for the brand, as we are talking about Acura’s most popular model, as well as about the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time. Therefore, we are eagerly waiting to see the next generation, which is about to hit the market in the first half of 2021. The new model is going upscale and besides improvements in design and luxury, we also expect to see a comeback of the legendary Type S badge. This model will come a little bit later, sometime in the summer, as the 2022 Acura MDX Type S.

Of course, this model will come with various kinds of upgrades. One of them will certainly be a more powerful engine, while we also count on improvements in terms of chassis, suspension, brakes and similar mechanical tweaks. Finally, there is no doubt that the 2022 Type S will come with lots of unique styling details that will accentuate its sporty character.

2022 Acura MDX Type S

2022 Acura MDX Type S Powertrain

Of course, one of the first things that come to mind is the powertrain. We already know that the standard model will carry on with a familiar 3.5-liter V6. On the other side, the 2022 Acura MDX Type S is expected to go turbo. We count on a 3.0-liter turbo V6 and the latest reports suggest a max output of around 355 horsepower. Of course, the engine will come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Also, we count on Honda’s familiar AWD system, which allows 70% of the power to be sent to rear wheels.

On the other side, some sources suggest we might see an additional power boost compared to the engine that’s under the hood of the TLX Type S. Some suggest that the power could go up to 400 horsepower. In any case, this will be the most powerful MDX we’ve seen so far.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Redesign

When it comes to the base design, the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will be based on the standard model. We count on the same overall layout, but we also count on a lot of upgrades. When it comes to mechanics, the new version will certainly get a new suspension setup and new brakes. Furthermore, we could see some chassis reinforcement as well.

Styling upgrades are also a certain thing, as there is no doubt that Acura will accentuate the performance character of this model.  At this point, details are yet to come, but we have no doubt that the Japanese manufacturer will come up with a completely new body kit. Count on more aggressive bumpers, side skirts and similar things. Furthermore, the Type S will come with bigger wheels, lower-profile tires and similar kinds of upgrades. Some exclusive color options are possible too.

2022 Acura MDX Type S spy shot


On the inside, the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will remain a luxurious and practical SUV. The new generation looks very promising with the new dashboard and cabin layout, which look very luxurious and premium. We also like the new infotainment screen, as well as the whole center console. Of course, this particular version will come with several unique details, starting from new materials, color schemes and similar things. More details are yet to come.

2022 Acura MDX Type S render

Release Date and Price

We expect that the 2022 Acura MDX Type S will hit the market a little bit later than the standard model, probably in the summer. When it comes to the price, we still don’t know the details but there is no doubt that this version will be significantly more expensive compared to the standard model, which is expected to go somewhere between 45.000 and 50.000 dollars. Key competitors will be similar versions of models like BMW X5, Mercedes GLE etc.