Acura Automobiles: 2017 Acura MDX Press Kit

Posted on 21. Jun, 2016 by in Acura Canada

Building on a MDX’s stellar reserve credentials, for 2017 several critical formerly discretionary facilities are sum as customary apparatus in AcuraWatch, a apartment of modernized reserve and driver-assistive technologies offering as customary apparatus on all 2017 MDX models. AcuraWatch technologies embody Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

Also for 2017, a MDX models get accessible new Auto High Beam headlights, that boost night visibility, new Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold, that encourages parking stop use, and a new Surround-View Camera System with 6 selectable observation angles for softened prominence while reversing and maneuvering.

The restyled MDX warranted a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is projected to acquire a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in a Institute’s difficult tiny overlie frontal collision test.

Key Safety and Driver-Assistive Features

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
  • 5-Star NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score; expected IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ collision reserve rating
  • Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
  • Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Advanced 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
  • Driver and Front Passenger SmartVent® Side Airbags
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Adjustable Head Restraints
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Surround-View Camera System
  • Parking Sensors (available)
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor 
  • AcuraWatch™
    – Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS®)
    – Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
    – Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
    – Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

Top Safety Rating Targets
The 2017 MDX was designed to grasp tip scores and best-in-class opening in all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) pile-up tests. In particular, a MDX achieved a 5-Star NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score, and is projected to achieve an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design
Structures in a front of a 2017 MDX are designed to assistance catch appetite in a eventuality of a collision with a pedestrian. Research shows that a following facilities can dramatically urge a pedestrian’s possibility of participation if struck by a relocating vehicle.

Specific walking conduct damage slackening facilities include:

  • Hood is designed to twist if hit is done with possibly an adult or a child pedestrian
  • Sufficient clearway exists between a hood and tough engine parts, permitting a hood to twist if impacted by a pedestrian
  • Windshield bottom has a singular territory structure for fit impact appetite absorption
  • Energy-absorbing buffer mounts and supports
  • Break-away windshield wiper pivots
  • Deformable hood hinges

Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is an Electronic Stability Control complement that works in and with a Drive-by-Wire™ throttle, ABS, EPS and SH-AWD® (if so equipped) to raise control capability while a car is accelerating, braking, cornering or when a motorist creates a remarkable maneuver. VSA functions by requesting stop force to one or some-more wheels exclusively while also handling a throttle, ignition and fuel systems to assistance a car say a driver’s dictated trail of travel.

The VSA complement constantly analyzes information from sensors that guard circle speed, steering input, parallel and longitudinal G army and bend rate. It compares a driver’s control inputs with a vehicle’s tangible response. Whenever a tangible response falls outward of a fixed excusable range, VSA intervenes with a visible action. For instance, if VSA detects an oversteer condition, a complement might request braking force to a outward front and back wheels to negate a unintended yawing effect. In a eventuality of understeer, VSA might request braking to a inside back circle while shortening engine energy to assistance lapse a car to a dictated course.

VSA also provides a limited-slip differential outcome for a front wheels by requesting braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting pushing force to a circle with some-more traction. VSA is calibrated to duty in a near-transparent manner, and in many cases a motorist will not even be wakeful of a operation. However, anytime a complement is enhancing car stability, an indicator light flashes in a instrument cluster. While a motorist can revoke a traction control efficacy permitting some-more circle trip during stranded condition by dire a VSA Off button, ABS stays entirely operational during all times.

Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering

Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) is customary on any 2017 MDX model. The complement incorporates pushing fortitude record that triggers steering inputs that prompt a motorist to drive in a scold instruction during cornering and in sleazy highway conditions. Using car speed and steering angle data, Motion-Adaptive EPS works with Vehicle Stability Assist and Electric Power Steering to detect instability in sleazy highway conditions both during cornering and underneath braking and automatically triggers steering inputs directed during call a motorist to drive in a scold direction. This modernized record supports a driver’s movement in handling a car some-more safely and comfortably.

Two examples of how Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering functions in and with VSA are:

Stabilizes Vehicle underneath Braking
This duty helps to scold a driver’s steering submit to revoke car instability when a motorist is braking tough on highway surfaces with opposite attrition coefficients (such as cement that is partially lonesome with mud or snow).

Mitigates Understeer and Oversteer
To lessen intensity understeer or oversteer situations, a complement helps scold a steering inputs to assistance a motorist snippet a curve.

For some-more information see a Chassis section.

Brake Assist
A duty of a VSA system, a Brake Assist underline recognizes tough and puncture braking situations and roughly now relates total braking force. This Brake Assist underline is tranquil by a special proof in a complement that evaluates a pedal focus rate and force to commend a panic stop situation. At that point, a VSA modulator siphon increases braking vigour while a pedal is still being pulpy to safeguard limit interlude force, an movement that can assistance digest braking distance.

Advanced 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution
The MDX is propitious with 4-wheel front brakes with 4-channel anti-lock braking (ABS). The ABS complement also incorporates Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) electronics that automatically proportions front-to-rear stop force formed on a vehicle’s energetic bucket on any wheel. For some-more information see a Chassis section.

A sum of 7 airbags, including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, motorist knee airbag, front side airbags, and side-curtain airbags are customary on a 2017 MDX.

Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
Both a motorist and front newcomer are stable by modernized front airbags (SRS) that incorporate dual-stage and multiple-threshold activation technology. If deployed, these airbags are able of being arrogant during opposite rates depending on pile-up severity, seatbelt use and other factors. Like other Acura vehicles, a driver’s front airbag is located in a steering circle while a newcomer airbag is located on a tip of a dash. When deployed, a newcomer airbag inflates ceiling and afterwards rearward to maximize a protecting intensity while shortening a odds of injuries caused by airbag deployment.

Driver’s Side Knee Airbag
A driver’s side knee airbag is designed to improved position a motorist in a eventuality of a frontal collision so that a front airbag and seatbelts can have limit effect. The knee airbag is contained underneath a quarrel on a underside of a instrument panel, that is contoured divided from a knees to yield as many clearway as probable for comfort.

Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags
Side airbags mounted in a outboard area of any front seatback are designed to assistance yield pelvic and thorax insurance for a motorist and front newcomer in a eventuality of a serious side impact. The side airbag pattern allows a side airbags to muster in a demeanour that helps lessen a risk of damage to a smaller chair occupant.

Side Curtain Airbags
All outboard seating positions are stable by side shade airbags with rollover sensor system. In a eventuality of a serious side impact, a side shade airbags muster from modules in a roof, providing a poignant spin of conduct insurance in a window area. In a doubtful eventuality of a rollover, a roll-rate sensor, along with mixed G sensors, establish a rate of hurl and muster a side shade airbags accordingly. The side shade airbags will also muster and yield conduct insurance in frontal tiny overlie impacts, such as when a front dilemma of a car collides with plain object.

Like a other airbag systems in a vehicle, a side shade complement utilizes sensors to establish a many suitable timing of airbag deployment. To yield a optimal spin of insurance for occupants, contrast was achieved to establish a many suitable timing and rate of deployment in a doubtful eventuality of a rollover. The complement uses algorithms to ceaselessly weigh a conditions and determines possibly a rollover is imminent. The roll-rate sensor and mixed G sensors (accelerometers) establish a “scenario” and calculate a angle of hurl and a speed of a car in sequence to muster a airbags during a scold indicate for best protection.

In a box of a rollover, a side shade airbags on both sides of a car will deploy. However, in a eventuality of a sufficient side impact that does not outcome in a rollover, usually a airbags on a impacted side of a car will deploy. The airbag maintains full acceleration for approximately 3 seconds after acceleration to concede for a increasing generation of a rollover accident.

Adjustable Head Restraints
The initial and second quarrel seating positions underline away tractable conduct restraints. The conduct restraints for a third quarrel seats overlay automatically when a chair fold-down straps are pulled simplifying a routine of converting a MDX into cargo-hauling mode. The headrests can also be folded down independently, improving back visibility. See a Interior territory for some-more information.

Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren
All MDX models are versed with a child seat-mounting complement called LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren). All 3 of a second-row seating positions (two positions on Advance trim) and a newcomer side third-row outboard seating position are propitious with dedicated LATCH connection points.

The LATCH complement provides dual revoke anchors and an tip fasten anchor. When used with a concordant child seat, a LATCH complement provides connection points between a child chair and a car chair but carrying to use a vehicle’s chair belts. Tether anchors are accessible for a remaining center seating position and outboard driver’s side in a third row. All chair belts solely a driver’s are versed with a locking retractor that can be used to assistance secure any child seat. Both back side doors are also versed with childproof doorway thatch for total protection.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

The MDX is propitious with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts a motorist whenever a atmosphere vigour in one or some-more of a vehicle’s tires diminution significantly next a endorsed level. When a vigour in one or some-more tires drops sufficiently, it causes a low tire-pressure indicator, located in a instrument cluster or in a Multi-Information Display (MID), to illuminate. The information-selectable MID arrangement can uncover all 4 tires pressures in genuine time and even if a TPMS information is not comparison for observation on a MID by a driver, it will seem automatically in a eventuality one or some-more tires falls next a normal smallest pressure.

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
A multi-angle rearview camera is customary on a MDX. It offers 3 observation angles (wide view, normal perspective and tip view). Drivers might name a elite perspective according to pushing conditions. The rearview picture is displayed on a 8-inch tone audio/information display. On-screen discipline assistance a motorist improved decider distances, and predictive discipline assistance make maneuvering in retreat easier.

Surround-View Camera System
In a MDX with Advance Package, 4 extraneous cameras yield a 360 perspective of a space immediately around a car by a navigation display. A camera symbol among a nav arrangement controls or an even some-more conveniently located symbol on a finish of a spin vigilance push changes camera views.

When Reverse is selected, a back camera perspective appears on shade along with an beyond 360 view. Guidelines seem in any view, that conform with a angle of a front wheels angle to uncover a vehicle’s likely rearward path. A press of possibly camera symbol switches to uncover a back perspective alone, and another press shows a wide-angle back view.

Pressing possibly “Camera” symbol when not in retreat shows a 360 perspective sum with a front perspective that is ideal for putting a car in a ideal position in a garage. Another symbol press provides a front wide-angle perspective that is useful for assisting mark an coming car or chairman when nosing out a parsimonious mark with a blocked side view. Additional views embody looking brazen from both sides and only a newcomer side perspective alone.

Parking Sensors (Advance Package)
To support in maneuvering in parsimonious spaces, such as entering or exiting a parking space, a 2017 MDX with a Advance Package facilities a set of 8 parking sensors—four in front and 4 during a rear. When a sensor(s) detects an intent tighten to a vehicle, a complement provides an heard warning and a visible warning on a MID and, when subsidy up, also on a Display Audio shade when arrangement a rearview camera view. With any form of visible alert, a complement indicates in what instruction a rescued intent is located. The sensors are mounted flush to a fender fascia for a purify appearance.

Blind Spot Information

The blind mark information (BSI) complement uses radar sensors located on both sides of a back bumpers to ceaselessly guard blind-spot areas to assistance establish possibly a car is in a driver’s blind spot. The complement provides a visible evidence by lighting an indicator nearby a outward mirrors, depending on that side of a MDX a car is detected. The complement also gives an heard warning and flashes a indicator to serve warning a motorist if a spin vigilance is activated on a side where a car is being detected. To forestall fake alarms while maneuvering during low speed, a BSI complement is infirm next approximately 20 mph.

Note that BSI can't detect all vehicles, and that some vehicles or inclination might meddle with a system. Drivers should always visually check for a participation of other vehicles before changing lanes.

Collision Mitigation Braking System

Included in AcuraWatch, a Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) is one of a many worldly driver-assistive technologies available. It ceaselessly scans trade conditions brazen of a MDX, alerts a motorist of a intensity collision with a rescued car or pedestrian, and afterwards takes active movement to assistance revoke collision army if one becomes unavoidable.

Unlike a pre-collision systems on some vehicles, CMBS can automatically request a brakes to assistance revoke a astringency of a collision. When CMBS detects a intensity collision, visual, heard and pleasing (driver and front newcomer seatbelt pre-tensioning) alerts initial prompt a motorist to take visible actions. If a complement determines that a collision is imminent, it relates a brakes to assistance revoke car speed and collision forces.

It is critical to note that CMBS can't detect all objects ahead, nor is it dictated to reinstate a driver’s comment of trade conditions and control of a vehicle. The motorist contingency meddle in certain situations, and contingency always be courteous when regulating a system. In addition, CMBS is not dictated to request adequate braking force to forestall a collision. The complement also might not perform all visual-, audible- and tactile-alert stages, and might instead automatically rivet a brakes if a complement deems it necessary.

Lane Keeping Assist System

Included in AcuraWatch, a Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) provides a reduction stressful pushing knowledge by shortening steering improvement movements and pushing bid on a highway. LKAS uses a camera to review line markings and uses a Electric Power Steering to support a motorist in progressing their position within a rescued lane.

Designed for a U.S. highway structure, a complement uses a monocular camera mounted on a tip apportionment of a windshield to brand embellished lanes, Botts’ Dots and other contemplative markers during speeds between 45 mph and 90 mph. When LKAS senses that a motorist is flapping from a center of a rescued lane, a complement generates visible steering torque to support a motorist in progressing line position.

LKAS might be activated and deactivated regulating a switch located on a revoke right partial of a steering wheel. The complement will postpone operation after approx. 10 seconds if a motorist takes his or her hands off a wheel, accompanied by a visible warning in a MID, resuming when a motorist creates a steering input.

Road Departure Mitigation
Integrating LDW (see below), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a monocular camera (mounted on a tip apportionment of a windshield) to brand plain or dashed embellished line lines, Botts’ dots and Catseye markers. RDM uses steering force, around EPS to assistance a MDX stay in a line and, if a car is rescued withdrawal a line noted by plain lines, braking force might be applied, around VSA, to keep a car from vacating a line or alley altogether.

The monocular camera recognizes line facilities and identifies a lane. If a RDM complement determines that a MDX is about to leave a rescued lane, it will yield steering support (primary) and in singular occasions when steering support is not sufficient to equivocate withdrawal a line noted by a plain line, braking assist, to assistance a motorist stay on a road. RDM is integrated with a Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) complement to yield assuage braking, and with a Electric Power Steering (EPS) complement to yield steering input.

Multiple visible and heard warnings warning a motorist when a RDM complement is holding visible action. These embody a line depart warning on a driver’s Driver Information Interface (DII) along with an heard warning. RDM also has a customizable initial warning of possibly a steering circle shake/vibration, or an heard alert. This can be customized in a car settings. RDM can be incited off by regulating a RDM Off symbol on a left of a dash.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow

Included in AcuraWatch, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow is activated by a symbol on a revoke right side of a leather-wrapped steering wheel. This car speed and following interlude control complement uses a grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar to guard a interlude between a MDX and a rescued car directly ahead. Like a required journey control system, a ACC complement can say a preset speed. In addition, by mixing radar information with information from speed sensors, ACC can umpire a MDX’s speed to say a preset temporal following interval.

The Low-Speed Follow underline can revoke a motorist effort in undiluted trade by progressing a comparison stretch interlude during journey control operation, even in stop and go traffic. If a car rescued brazen is in operation of a complement and delayed to a stop, a MDX will also automatically decelerate down to a stop. When a rescued car moves forward, a car idol on a MDX’s multi-information arrangement will blink. With a press of a RES/+/SET/– switch adult or down, or with a press of a accelerator pedal, a MDX will automatically accelerate, resuming a Low-Speed Follow mode.

It is critical to note that ACC can't detect all objects ahead, nor is it dictated to reinstate a driver’s comment of trade conditions and control of a vehicle. The motorist contingency meddle in certain situations and contingency always be courteous when regulating a system.

A Multi Information Display (MID) summary and heard warning warning a motorist when a ACC duty is activated. See a Powertrain territory for some-more information.

Safety and Driver Assistive Features




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