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Acura Automobiles: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Press Kit

NOTE TO EDITORS: See a 2017 MDX Press Kit for additional information on
features, systems and components that are common with that indication and not
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2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid


Building on a rested and resolutely restyled 2017 Acura MDX and contracting a innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD™) powertrain record that was introduced in a RLX sedan and modernized in a 2017 NSX supercar, a 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is Acura’s first-ever hybrid SUV and a technological flagship of a Acura SUV lineup.

The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is engineered for business who enterprise a ultimate in pushing refinement, technological sophistication and status in a three-row Acura SUV. The MDX Sport Hybrid takes full advantage of a immediate, high-torque opening of a 3 absolute electric motors, along with a always-on capabilities of electric torque vectoring, to almost urge fuel potency and raise energetic opening for a oppulance SUV customers’ bland pushing needs – all but scapegoat to interior space or load volume.

Unique elements of a MDX Sport Hybrid’s pattern and engineering contra a non-hybrid reflection embody a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain with 3 electric motors and 7-speed twin purchase smoothness (7DCT), and modernized Electro Servo braking system, new and model-exclusive Active Damper technology, and an expanded-range Integrated Dynamics System with new SPORT+ mode.

Moreover, a Integrated Dynamics System engages with countless opposite energetic systems within a vehicle, including a electric motors, throttle, steering, smoothness and Active Dampers, to yield a motorist with an stretched operation of selectable opening characteristics to fit their sundry pushing needs and desires. (See Chassis territory for some-more fact on a Integrated Dynamics System)

The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is charity in twin grades: a MDX with Technology Package and a MDX with Advance Package. Both grades have disdainful interior trim and a Advance package facilities timber interior accents. The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with a Technology Package includes versatile seating for 7 passengers, while a Advance Package facilities a 6-passenger interior with second-row captain’s chairs and vast second-row core console in place of a three-person dais seat.

What’s New:

  • Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™ powertrain
  • 3.0-liter, SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine
  • 7-speed dual-clutch smoothness (7DCT) with integrated electric motor
  • 26/27/271 mpg (city/highway/combined) EPA fuel economy ratings
  • 4-mode Integrated Dynamics System with SPORT+ mode
  • Active Dampers
  • Electric Servo Brake System
  • Exclusive interior trim
  • Body-color revoke side sills and front/rear transformation garnishes
  • SH-AWD badge on back and Hybrid badges on front fenders


The MDX Sport Hybrid powertrain boasts a sum complement outlay of 321 horsepower and 289 lb.-ft. of torque, creation this a many absolute Acura prolongation SUV ever built. A 3.0 liter, 24-valve, SOHC V6 gas engine with i-VTEC® valvetrain and selectable idle-stop capability provides primary ground force, with a rise outlay of 257 horsepower (SAE net) during 6,300 rpm and 218 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) during 5,000 rpm. Three electric motors – a front engine built into a 7DCT, and a back Twin Motor Unit (TMU) yield present torque for a some-more manageable and clear pushing experience.

An modernized 7-speed dual-clutch smoothness (7DCT) is customary – a underline in common with a RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD sedan and closely compared to a NSX 9-speed DCT. Unlike a required involuntary transmission, a DCT offers ultra-quick rigging changes and operates but a torque converter, significantly improving efficiency. The 7DCT can work in entirely involuntary mode, or it can be shifted manually around steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.


3.0-liter engine and 7DCT with integrated electric motor

The hybrid powertrain also facilities several advancements as partial of a persisting growth of Acura hybrid technology, including improvements in cooling and wrapping of a IPU and PCU, as good as augmenting hybrid battery appetite density.

Powertrain during a Glance


  • 3.0-liter, SOHC, V6 engine produces 257 horsepower (SAE net) during 6,300 rpm and 218 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) during 5,000 rpm
  • i-VTEC® (intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) for intake valves
  • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • 10.5:1 application ratio
  • High-strength steel crankshaft
  • Drive-by-Wire™ stifle system
  • Direct ignition system
  • Detonation/knock control system
  • High-flow, close-coupled next-generation precious-metal catalytic converters and underneath building catalytic converter
  • High ability 32-bit RISC processor emissions control section
  • Maintenance Minder™ complement optimizes use intervals
  • 100,000 +/- miles tune-up interval

3-Motor Sport Hybrid System

  • 47 horsepower front electric engine built in to a 7DCT
  • 72 horsepower back inboard-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU) (two 36-horsepower motors)
  • 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack

Emissions/Fuel Economy Ratings

  • EPA 26/27/27 mpg1 (city/highway/combined) fuel economy ratings
  • ULEV125 emissions compliant 

Noise Vibration (NV)

  • 60-degree cylinder V-angle for well-spoken operation 
  • Automatically tensioned, maintenance-free twisted belt appendage drive 
  • Active Control engine Mount (ACM) 
  • Active Sound Control (ASC) 

7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (7DCT)

  • Electronic Gear Selector provides entirely electronic push-button change control
  • Steering circle mounted racing-inspired paddle shifters
  • Advanced shift-hold control boundary adult shifts during energetic pushing
  • Grade Logic Control System reduces rigging “hunting” on high hills 

Hybrid System Components

Front Motor
The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD front engine delivers rise outlay of 47 horsepower. The engine is built into a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission and is connected to a front driveshaft around gears.

The front engine has 3 functions: (1) Provides supplemental power/torque to a V6 engine in pushing a front wheels; (2) Provides regenerative braking capability to support interlude power; and (3) Uses this regenerative duty to modify engine appetite to electricity to assistance recharge a lithium-ion batteries.

Twin Motor Unit

Packaged inboard between a back wheels (where a required AWD back differential would routinely be located) is a Twin Motor Unit (TMU).  Inside a die-cast aluminum surrounding are twin 36 horsepower electric motors positioned back-to-back. The TMU provides for modernized all-wheel expostulate capability and extended cornering opening around energetic torque vectoring by eccentric smoothness of electric-motor torque (positive and disastrous torque) to a left and right back wheels, while also providing regenerative braking to support in battery recharge. A purchase allows any engine to be decoupled from a compared circle in certain doing situations to urge efficiency.

Twin Motor Unit (TMU)

Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) and Power Control Unit (PCU)

The MDX Intelligent Power Control Unit (IPU) contains a 72-cell, 1.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Evolved from a RLX, a battery pattern employs smaller cells in aloft volume with optimized electrode materials ensuing in 10 percent boost of appetite firmness and a 20 percent boost in appetite density. The IPU is atmosphere cooled around a fan section located in a front core console that draws atmosphere from inside a car cabin.

Mounted outward underneath a building of a car and totally H2O proofed, a Power Control Unit (PCU) is glass cooled and incorporates a engine ECU. The ECU dictates a appetite government plan of a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD complement and 3 apart inverters to modify approach stream to swapping stream for use by a Sport Hybrid SH‑AWD appetite unit’s 3 electric motors.

Previously air-cooled, a newly grown 12V DC-DC converter with glass cooling increases acclimatisation potency by 2.5 percent, augmenting fuel efficiency.  

System Packaging

The MDX Sport Hybrid’s pivotal hybrid components are laid out for limit wrapping efficiency, permitting a MDX Sport Hybrid to offer a same interior space and flexibility as a non-hybrid counterpart. Further, following a same pattern truth as a next-generation Acura NSX supercar, pivotal hybrid complement components are finished low and toward a core of a car to support a MDX’s energetic opening by centering a mass and obscure a core of gravity. 

The Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) is located in a cell directly underneath a motorist and front passenger. The Power Control Unit (PCU) is mounted underneath a building and positioned directly abaft of a IPU compartment. The IPU is common with a NSX supercar and advantages from advancements done in a development, including a aforementioned battery and other improvements, ensuing in a some-more compress distance and reduced weight. The total volume of a IPU and PCU is reduced by 39 percent, from 118 liters to 72 liters, when compared to a RLX Sport Hybrid sedan.

The chain of a IPU in a building area of a car lowers a core of sobriety by one in. (26 mm) when compared to a non-hybrid model, assisting to revoke physique hurl while cornering. Ground clearance, during 7.3 inches, is a same as a non-hybrid MDX SH-AWD.

Importantly, a new exquisite blueprint of a battery cooling atmosphere intake and empty ducts improves cooling potency and severely reduces heat transformation of a battery cells, assisting to urge battery life.  

Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)

Acura’s SH-AWD complement distributes appetite side-to-side between a left and right back wheels, regulating “torque vectoring” to emanate a bend impulse to assistance a car spin by promulgation some-more appetite to a outward back circle during cornering, providing for crisper turn-in, some-more manageable steering and softened line traceability.

Unlike a automatic Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) accessible in a non-Hybrid MDX, a MDX Sport Hybrid’s electric SH-AWD operates eccentric of a gasoline engine; as a twin rear-mounted electric motors boldly dispense both certain and disastrous torque directly to a back wheels. This complement provides for dynamic, evident and always-on torque vectoring capabilities while expelling a weight and appetite waste compared with a required driveshaft and differential mechanism.

When cornering, a MDX Sport Hybrid delivers certain torque to a outward back wheel, many like automatic SH-AWD, to emanate a bend moment. Unlike required SH-AWD though, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD can also concurrently request regenerative stop torque to a inside back circle during cornering to serve raise cornering control. In addition, given it doesn’t rest on engine torque, electric SH-AWD can emanate a incomparable torque disproportion between a left and right back wheels, even during tiny stifle applications, during low engine speeds or when decelerating. This almost magnifies a certain doing advantages of SH-AWD opposite a many wider operation of pushing conditions.

Powertrain Drive Modes

The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD complement is optimized to yield both superb opening and class-leading fuel efficiency. Depending on a pushing mode (COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT+), a complement utilizes a V6 engine, 7DCT with built-in motor, TMU and battery container to yield refreshing and confidence-inspiring opening while maximizing efficiency.

Powertrain Comparison

Transmission Comparison

Body Exterior

The infancy of a MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD;s unit-body pattern and construction is common with MDX, with a few modifications to concede ideal member packaging. In a building vessel underneath a front seats, a recessed area is combined to accommodate a Intelligent Power Unit (IPU).

Additionally, a back subframe is mutated reasonably for a MDX Sport Hybrid’s quell weight (4,471 lbs. for MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD vs. 4,244 lbs. for a MDX SH-AWD, both with Technology Package).

Exterior Design

The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD shares a physique pattern with a 2017 MDX and MDX SH-AWD, charity a new MDX Diamond Pentagon grille, low and far-reaching stance, atmospheric interior and load capacity, LED headlamps and haze lights, and a reward altogether presentation. The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD also includes twin exhausts mirroring those on a MDX, and an Auto High Beam underline that improves active safety, adds motorist convenience, and allows a MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD to accept a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

A few outmost visible cues heed a MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD from a MDX and MDX SH-AWD during a glance. The revoke side sills and front/rear transformation garnishes are embellished physique tone instead of as-molded black. Additionally, a front fenders lift Hybrid badges and a remote-linked power-operated tailgate displays an SH-AWD badge.


Specifications Comparison


* Based on SAE J1100 load volume dimensions standard

† Based on SAE J1100 load volume dimensions customary and building space between initial and second seats and front seats changed forward. This figure compares some-more accurately with many rival measurements.


The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD framework is formed on that of a stream MDX. It includes front MacPherson strut and back multi-link cessation systems with new Active Dampers and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS). The opening of all these components is invariably practiced by a MDX’s driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System that tailors suspension, steering, and powertrain opening to a driver’s preference. The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD also facilities a special 4-wheel front braking complement that utilizes a multiple of regenerative braking and for charging a vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries and Electric Servo Brakes, that yield assured and linear braking.

Integrated Dynamics System

The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid, like a NSX before it, is designed to yield a far-reaching operation of pushing practice and energetic impression co-ordinate with a desires of a motorist and a pushing sourroundings around a Integrated Dynamics System. The MDX Sport Hybrid’s modernized technologies, including a Sport Hybrid appetite unit, Active Dampers, and electric appetite steering, capacitate a finer and some-more wide-ranging grade of control over a energetic impression of a MDX.

While a non-hybrid MDX facilities a 3-mode Integrated Dynamics System with COMFORT, NORMAL and SPORT modes, a 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD adds a fourth mode – SPORT+ – for limit energetic opening on a many severe (and rewarding) roads.

Driver-selectable energetic modes are automatically related to a twin customary remote pivotal fobs, and a car retains a comparison environment (except for SPORT+, that reverts to a SPORT environment when a car is incited off and afterwards restarted).

Integrated Dynamic System Modes:

  • COMFORT – Reduces steering effort, improves float comfort, softens drive-by-wire stifle response
  • NORMAL – Balances opening with extended steering, drive-by-wire, cessation and torque vectoring settings
  • SPORT – Provides firmer damping for some-more manageable doing and reduced physique motion, enhances steering feedback, increases torque vectoring
  • SPORT+ – Maximizes powertrain opening with first-gear starts, disables EV-only driving, changes smoothness change and stifle mapping, and provides limit battery support during launch

Active Dampers

      Front Active Damper Strut

The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD uses disdainful Active Dampers that are integrated with a Integrated Dynamics System functions. Similar in coming to a MDX’s coil-over dampers, a Active Dampers have electronically tractable damping that lets a Integrated Dynamics System automatically fine-tune float and doing to motorist preferences. As destined by a Integrated Dynamics System controller, an electric actuator within any check constantly controls a hydraulic liquid transformation inside a unit. Damper settings are automatically calibrated to a Integrated Dynamics System environment to grasp a following benefits:

  • COMFORT – Emphasizes float comfort and reduces highway noise, quivering and rudeness (NVH) to lowest levels ever for a MDX height in civic driving
  • NORMAL – Provides an ideal bland change of float and doing for a far-reaching operation of conditions
  • SPORT/SPORT+ – Flattens and stabilizes a car physique during quick steering inputs and maneuvers, improving pleasing feel and altogether responsiveness

Electric Servo Brake System

The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD’s electric servo stop complement maximizes regenerative braking capability for softened fuel efficiency. The braking complement is entirely hydraulic from a master cylinder all a approach to a 4-wheel front brakes, usually like a normal braking system. The pivotal disproportion is that a braking duty is electronically tranquil rather than a quite automatic activation, permitting regenerative braking from a front and back electric motors to delayed a vehicle, rather than a hydraulic attrition brakes, underneath many circumstances. Besides a boon in efficiency, a complement offers glorious feel and feedback for a motorist by a stop pedal.

When a motorist relates a stop pedal, a vigilance is sent to a vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU), that determines a suitable volume of braking force to allot to regenerative braking by a electric motors and to a hydraulic attrition braking system. In many cases, attrition braking is not indispensable until a car speed drops next 9 mph, as a car slows to a final stop to foster a well-spoken finish of a stop. Midway between a master cylinder and a calipers is a apart motorized electronic actuator. This actuator receives an electronic signal, generated in a master cylinder procedure that precisely defines how a motorist has practical a brakes – soothing or hard, delayed or fast. The ABS section afterwards directly apportions hydraulic vigour to a stop calipers during any wheel. While a MDX SH-AWD uses a 10.5-inch opening upholder to support a motorist in requesting indispensable stop pressure, a MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD uses an electric servo stop actuator.

Chassis Features Comparison

1 Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison functions only. Your tangible mileage will change depending on how we expostulate and say your vehicle.