The Sleuth likes what he sees so far for Acura’s 2022 anchor model. The seven-passenger MDX utility vehicle is longer, lower and wider and gets a new platform to which an equally new front suspension is attached. Compared with the current model, the wheelbase has been extended by three inches, which increases legroom for second- and third-row passengers. Powertrain choices start with a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Available with the new Type S trim is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet. A 10-speed automatic transmission is linked to both engines. All-wheel-drive is optional with the non-turbo V-6 and standard for the Type S. A mid-$40,000 base price is expected.

Big changes are in store for the Acura MDX, literally, since it will be larger than the current model and the optional turbocharged V-6 will produce 355 horsepower. PHOTO: ACURA

A major redo for the MDX: