Acura is expanding its sporty A-Spec trim to its MDX mid-size crossover SUV. The 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec toughens the appearance of the MDX courtesy of 20-inch gray-painted wheels, more aggressively styled front and rear fascias, body-colored side sills, a pair of big exhaust tips, blacked-out headlights and taillights, and heavy use of dark chrome throughout the exterior.
The sporty-looking wrapper is accompanied by interior upgrades such as model-specific gauges, pedals, and console trim. Additionally, the MDX A-Spec includes red or black leather seats with faux-suede inserts and a thicker steering-wheel rim relative to the unit in the standard MDX.
Sadly, the MDX A-Spec lacks any amendment to the guts to back up the massaged looks, and the model makes do with the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine that powers the standard MDX. The MDX A-Spec, however, forgoes the standard front-wheel drive and instead will be offered only with Acura’s torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, a $2000 option on the regular MDX.
Acura has yet to announce pricing for the 2019 MDX A-Spec, but we expect the model to start right around $50,000 when it goes on sale this summer.