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Acura has announced that an "A-Spec" trim will be available on the MDX in 2019.

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Funny I just posted the same thing lol, it goes on sale this summer. Hopefully information about the non A-Spec 2019 MDX will come out soon as well to ascertain what (if anything) is changing from 2018.

Hopefully this also is a precursor to the 4th gen redesign that will hopefully come next year as a 2020 model
 

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does this mean an even harsher ride? My teeth already hurt from the pounding that happens when hitting the pavement patches on the blvd.
 

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Here's a link to another article referencing the introduction:

2019 Acura MDX A-Spec Debuts at New York International Auto Show ? Acura Connected


Mar 28, 2018 – NEW YORK

  • A-Spec adds larger wheels, black cladding and sport-inspired interior finishes to best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time
  • With the addition of MDX A-Spec, sport appearance variants available on all Acura core models
  • 2019 MDX A-Spec launches this summer
  • In addition to expanding A-Spec offerings, Acura to bring back vaunted Type-S performance variant over the next few years
The 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec made a surprise debut today at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Launching mid-year at Acura dealerships nationally, the MDX A-Spec will complete the introduction of A-Spec variants to Acura’s core model lineup that includes the ILX A-Spec, TLX A-Spec and the all-new 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, which also made its world debut today in New York.

“This MDX A-Spec adds a dimension of sporty, aggressive and youthful appeal that will attract new buyers to the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Coming to market this summer, the 2019 MDX A-Spec aims to further increase excitement and expand the appeal of MDX. The V6-powered TLX A-Spec, introduced last spring, is now the most popular variant in the V6 TLX lineup and attracts a younger, more affluent buyer. Acura also announced the addition of a 2.4-liter TLX A-Spec that will begin arriving at dealers next week.

Available exclusively with Acura’s torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), the 2019 MDX A-Spec features a more athletic stance highlighted by larger 10-spoke, 20-inch Shark Grey alloy wheels wrapped in low profile 265-series tires. An aggressive new front fascia, body-color lower sills, larger-diameter exhaust finishers, as well as gloss-black and dark chrome decoration for the headlights, grille, window surround and rear tailgate spoiler further distinguish the MDX A-Spec. Interior enhancements to the three row SUV include sports seats trimmed in rich red or black leather with black Alcantaraâ inserts, high-contrast stitching, unique A-Spec gauges, sport pedals, carbon-look console trim, a thicker-rimmed A-Spec-badged steering wheel with paddle shifters and an exclusive A-Spec door step garnish.

As with all MDXs, the A-Spec will feature the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). Additionally, all MDX models include standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.

The 2019 MDX A-Spec will be produced at Honda’s East Liberty Plant in Ohio1. More details will be available soon.

Renewed Commitment to Performance
In addition to rapidly expanding the A-Spec sport appearance variant to all core models, Acura re-affirmed its intention – first announced at the North American International Auto Show in January – to bring back the vaunted Type-S performance variant over the next few years, alongside a dedicated turbocharged V6 engine in development. The Type-S badge last appeared on the 2008 Acura TL, which featured a track-tuned chassis, more powerful engine and brakes, high-performance tires and extensive, sports-oriented exterior and interior modifications. Like the new engine, the Type-S badge will make its way onto multiple Acura models in the future.
 

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hope for more power!
Including the new 2018 TLX A-Spec the A-Spec package is usually just a visual appearance enhancement, they haven't historically offered any bump in power/performance outside of subtle suspension/chassis tweaks for better cornering/handling.
 

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Including the new 2018 TLX A-Spec the A-Spec package is usually just a visual appearance enhancement, they haven't historically offered any bump in power/performance outside of subtle suspension/chassis tweaks for better cornering/handling.
Yep.

Acura has said that a Type-S and turbocharged V6 is forthcoming... I'd guess with the 4th gen redesign.
 

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Looks great, but I now have a major issue with Acura and it's seemingly constant struggle with MDX's identity.

- First gen was based on a minivan platform and offered a great alternative to families not willing to settle on Odyssey
- Second gen was more SUV based cross-utility vehicle that perfectly merged both worlds - both families and cost-conscious light sport utility enthusiasts
- Third gen, with less aggressive styling and more focus on luxury and comfort instead of performance and handling, to me is no longer a leader in any of the categories it tries to compete in

Acura is trying to woo all sorts of crowds (soccer moms and dads, Honda veterans, V-Tec diehards with expanded families, and now it seems those with The Avengers S.H.I.E.L.D. Acuras still fresh on their minds) -- all in one super-handling, but unfocused, MDX.
 

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Looks great, but I now have a major issue with Acura and it's seemingly constant struggle with MDX's identity.

- First gen was based on a minivan platform and offered a great alternative to families not willing to settle on Odyssey
- Second gen was more SUV based cross-utility vehicle that perfectly merged both worlds - both families and cost-conscious light sport utility enthusiasts
- Third gen, with less aggressive styling and more focus on luxury and comfort instead of performance and handling, to me is no longer a leader in any of the categories it tries to compete in

Acura is trying to woo all sorts of crowds (soccer moms and dads, Honda veterans, V-Tec diehards with expanded families, and now it seems those with The Avengers S.H.I.E.L.D. Acuras still fresh on their minds) -- all in one super-handling, but unfocused, MDX.
Perhaps it’s good that you have moved on.
 

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does this mean an even harsher ride? My teeth already hurt from the pounding that happens when hitting the pavement patches on the blvd.
The large-wheel silliness rolls on... To be fair, the lower-profile tires should provide a small improvement in handling, but (marketing claims notwithstanding) the MDX still won't keep up with a decent sports sedan. The main problem with large wheels is an increased failure rate of both wheels and tires due to pot holes/rough roads. Also the maximum load ratings are usually reduced - not a good thing for anyone wishing to tow, or simply use the MDX as a heavy hauler. And of course comfort suffers as well, although whether that is acceptable is a personal judgment.

I went with the 2016 Base SH-AWD in part so that I would get the 18" wheels - better for towing, reliability and comfort. I did look at aftermarket wheels but found that most had lower load ratings, or no published load ratings, so stayed with stock.
 
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