I sure hope that they are not delayed until early 2018. After looking at 2017 MDX's and Pilot's to replace our 2004 MDX, I am waiting to see if the 2018's Pilots & MDXs get the 10 speed Honda transmission and if the MDX's get the Apple Car Play. Several dealers I have talked to seemed to think there was a good chance that at least some models of both would get the new transmission. I am afraid that with the Honda designed 10 speed coming out, that the ZF transmission may become Honda's "red headed step child" and not receive full company support to remedy any reliability problems.but could not order it until Jan 2018. I will ask again in a month to see if they know more.
CarPlay would be awesome. Also I would love a panoramic sunroof.I went to my Acura dealer and said I had heard they were ordering the 2018 MDX models now. They said they knew nothing about it, but would make a call to the factory people. I told them I wanted a 2018 MDX Advance SHAWD Hybrid in a NEW color and with Apple CarPlay. The dealer called me a few hours later saying they could get a San Marino Red with Apple CarPlay, but could not order it until Jan 2018. I will ask again in a month to see if they know more.
Unfortunately, you are probably correct about the 10 speed not being available in the Pilot or MDX for several years.I really doubt you'll see the 10 speed in the MDX in 2018 or 2019, it's going in the top trim Odyssey only for 2018. I would expect the 4th gen MDX to have it along with many other major updates. 2018 will bring only very minor updates.
I don't think the ZF hate is deserved, I have none of the issues the early units had and those have been corrected via software changes. Warranty is a warranty, of course they will support it. Plus the lower trim level Odyssey will still use it, it's going to be part of the Honda line up for some time. Frankly the last thing I'd want is an in-house designed Honda transmission the first year it came out.
This. The 9 speed is reason enough to avoid the MDX until it has a decent transmission. It is "grabby" until it warms up, after that, it hunts and pecks at certain speeds and you have to mash on it for roll-on acceleration to get it to drop enough gears to get motivated.I have a 2015 MDX with the 6 speed and a 2015 TLX with the 9 speed. The 6 speed is smooth when it shifts. The 9 speed in the TLX is very hard shifting even after the software update which did nothing. I pretty much think the 9 speed is awful.