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Default 2009 Acura MDX - Introduction

Torrance, Calif. - Aug 15 —

OVERVIEW


Benchmarked against some of the best performance SUVs in the world and tuned
on the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany, the MDX clearly establishes itself
as a driver's SUV. Outfitted with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel
Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system and an available Sport Package with Active
Damper System, the MDX yields a combination of handling and comfort that is
truly on the cutting edge.


The 2009 MDX is equally daring in its styling and thorough in its safety and
environmental responsibilities. The MDX has an expansive array of safety features
included as standard equipment. The MDX's 300-hp VTEC® V-6 makes as
much power as some competitive V-8s, yet delivers ultra-low emissions and excellent
fuel economy. Inside the 7-passenger interior, the MDX offers thoughtful luxury
and an unmatched range of advanced technologies, including the Acura Navigation
System with Voice Recognition™ and AcuraLink® Satellite Communication
System with real-time traffic and a spectacular 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround®
Premium Sound System.


Altogether, the 2009 MDX embodies Acura's commitment to performance,
luxury, quality and style, along with an emphasis on safety and environmental
care. The 2009 MDX is the seventh Acura project to be designed and engineered
in the United States (including the 1997 CL, 1999 TL, 2001 CL, 2001 MDX, 2004
TL and 2009 TL) along with several award-winning Honda products.


POWERTRAIN FEATURES



  • 3.7-liter, SOHC, V-6 engine

  • 300 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

  • 275 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm

  • VTEC® (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) valvetrain

  • 2-piece, dual-stage magnesium intake manifold

  • Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission

  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)

  • EPA estimated mileage of 15/20 mpg* (city/highway)

  • EPA TIER 2 - BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards


*Based on 2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods
beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare
to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive
and maintain your vehicle.


BODY & CHASSIS FEATURES



  • Unit body structure with extensive use of high-strength steel

  • Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) low-beam front headlights

  • MacPherson strut fully independent front suspension

  • Multi-link independent rear suspension

  • Torque-sensing, variable power-assist rack-and-pinion steering

  • 18x8-inch aluminum wheels

  • P255/55R18 104H M+S all-season tires

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution
    (EBD) and Brake Assist

  • Vehicle Stability Assist™(VSA®) with traction control and Trailer
    Stability Assist

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

  • 5,000-pound tow rating

  • LED tail lamps and Center High Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL)

  • Heated outside mirrors with Reverse gear tilt-down and integrated LED directional
    turn signals


INTERIOR FEATURES



  • 7 passenger seating

  • Driver-oriented cockpit

  • Driver's 10-way power seat (8-way power seat with 2-way power lumbar support)

  • Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column

  • Two-driver custom memory system

  • Front passenger 8-way power seat

  • Heated front seats

  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control system with air filtration and humidity
    control

  • 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3/WMA
    changer, XM® satellite radio, AUX jack connectivity along with 8 speakers,
    including 8-inch subwoofer

  • HomeLink® remote control

  • Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions

  • Maintenance Minder™

  • Adaptive and flexible cargo space with multiple configurations

  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface

  • Auto dimming rearview mirror


SAFETY FEATURES



  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure

  • Side impact door beams

  • Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front/rear)

  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage, dual-threshold airbag Supplemental
    Restraint System (SRS)

  • Driver and front passenger knee bolsters

  • Driver and front passenger side airbags with front passenger Occupant Position
    Detection System (OPDS)

  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows with rollover sensor

  • Active front head restraints

  • 3-point adjustable-height front seat belts with automatic tensioning system
    and load limiters

  • 3-point seat belts at all seating positions

  • Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractors (driver has ELR
    only)

  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat mounting system
    for the second-row seats


Technology Package



  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera

  • AcuraLink® satellite communication system with real-time traffic

  • 410-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Sound System with
    6-disc CD/DVD-Audio and DTS® changer, AM/FM tuner, XM® Satellite Radio
    and AUX jack connectivity

  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, tri-zone, automatic climate control system with
    air filtration and humidity control

  • Power operated rear tailgate


Sport Package (in addition to the Technology Package features)



  • Active Damper System

  • Perforated, premium full-grain leather seating surfaces with high-damping
    front-seat cushion foam

  • Exclusive alloy wheel design

  • Auto-leveling headlights

  • Textured metallic accents on radio, cupholder and shifter bezel


Entertainment Package (available with Technology or Sport Package)



  • DVD Rear Entertainment System with wireless headphones and remote control

  • 115-volt power outlet in center console

  • Heated second-row outboard seats


MARKET SUMMARY


MDX has been very important to Acura, accounting for about 30-percent of the
division's sales since the vehicle's introduction as a 2001 model.
Equally important, the original MDX attracted buyers from competitive luxury
makes including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus, starting new relationships for
Acura. The 2009 MDX competes in the Mid Premium CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle)
segment.


TARGET CUSTOMER


Focus groups with luxury customers were conducted in Seattle, Detroit, Chicago
and Los Angeles. These cities were carefully chosen to explore how customers
use their SUVs in cold climates, in areas that are traditional domestic-vehicle
strongholds and in areas known for their trend-setting character.


Early in the study process Acura also benchmarked performance SUVs such as
the BMW X5 - and polled their owners - to ensure that the second
generation MDX would exceed its performance. Satisfying these highly discriminating
customers means that the MDX would be well positioned to attract a wider group
of potential buyers.


With the MDX, added performance and handling capabilities boost its appeal
for performance enthusiasts, while the luxurious and functional interior continues
to satisfy the needs of traditional luxury customers.


ENGINE & POWERTRAIN


Developing 300 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, the MDX's 3.7-liter
V-6 output is competitive with many V-8 engines - without the fuel-economy
penalty most V-8's suffer. To widen the powerband and improve fuel economy,
the 3.7-liter engine has VTEC® (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic
Control) valvetrain, a dual-stage intake manifold and an electronic Drive-by-Wire™
throttle system. EPA estimated mileage of 15/20 mpg* (city/highway) and a large
21-gallon fuel capacity mean the MDX has a long cruising range. The MDX is designed
to meet the latest emissions requirements including strict EPA TIER 2 -
BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV standards.


A 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift is designed to
satisfy the most performance-oriented drivers. Tuned on the famed Nürburgring
circuit in Germany, the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
system provides handling precision that sets a new benchmark for SUVs.


SH-AWD® actively varies the torque distribution between front and rear
axles - then between the left and right rear wheels - to provide
maximum grip under all driving circumstances. Such torque vectoring operates
seamlessly and allows the SH-AWD® to overdrive the outside rear wheel up
to 1.7-percent faster than the front wheels to create a "yaw moment"
allowing the MDX to better rotate around a corner while minimizing understeer.


*Based on 2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods
beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare
to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive
and maintain your vehicle.


BODY & CHASSIS


The 2009 MDX sets new standards for SUV styling, engineering, handling and
safety standpoints. Its dramatic styling utilizes large surface areas, sweeping
curves and decisive angles. Longer, wider and lower (and with a longer wheelbase)
than the original MDX, the dimensions create a more athletic appearance.


In an effort to keep mass out of the vehicle, the MDX features widespread
use of light weight materials such as high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium.
In addition, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body
structure is intended to bring new levels of front crash safety to the MDX.


Befitting its position as Acura's flagship SUV, the MDX is equipped
with Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) low-beam front headlights, a dramatic
array of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in the rear tail lamps and center high-mounted
stop light (CHMSL), and exterior mirror-mounted turn signals. The Acura signature
front grille reflects a fresh look for the MDX. Careful aerodynamic tailoring
reduces drag noise and high speed dynamic stability.


The 2009 MDX features a track-tuned chassis to complement its 300-horsepower
VTEC® V-6 engine and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®).
Engineers targeted the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne when developing the MDX chassis,
and then tested and refined it at Germany's famed Nürburgring circuit.
The Active Damper System, available in the Sport Package, has proprietary fully
active dampers that adjust (in less than five milliseconds) to road conditions
on a real-time basis. The MDX is also at home off-road where its excellent engine
torque, responsive suspension, and generous ground clearance enable it to cross-step
through rough terrain.


For family recreation, the MDX tows as well as it goes. With a 5,000-pound
tow rating, standard trailer pre-wiring, high-capacity radiator with twin cooling
fans, transmission fluid cooler and Trailer Stability Assist, the MDX needs
only a dealer-installed hitch and wiring to tow a substantial trailer.


INTERIOR


The MDX features a luxurious yet functional interior. The cockpit environment
is focused on the driver, and features a host of technologies to make driving
simultaneously rewarding and relaxing. The interior styling and functionality
perfectly coexist with a driver's cockpit that features a 10-way power
seat including power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver, electronic tilt
and telescoping steering column, a 2-position custom memory system, and a Multi-Information
Display (MID) that allows access to multiple electronic functions.


The interior design is as dynamic and contemporary as the exterior, with a
"4+3 seating" concept that luxuriously hosts four passengers in
the first and second row seats, while also offering comfortable accommodations
for three additional passengers (one in the second row and two in the third
row). The front passenger enjoys an 8-way power seat, while everyone on board
will appreciate the MDX's Tri-Zone automatic climate control system. All
occupants will enjoy the 253-watt, 8-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with
in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3/WMA changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM® Satellite Radio.
An auxiliary jack for personal audio devices is also included. Standard convenience
features include HomeLink®, Maintenance Minder™ and adaptive and flexible
cargo space with six configurations.


SAFETY


The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
along with several passive-safety technologies help bring the 2009 MDX to the
next level of safety. ACE™ more evenly distributes collision forces and
helps maintain the integrity of the passenger cabin in the event of a severe
frontal collision. The MDX is also less intrusive to smaller vehicles in a head-on
collision thanks to a special frame member located below the front bumper that
is designed to engage the front bumper of smaller vehicles.


The MDX is equipped with an active front head restraint system for front seat
head restraints along with knee bolsters for the driver and front passenger.
The driver and front passenger are also protected by dual-stage, dual-threshold
airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) and side airbags with front passenger
Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS). Side curtain airbags help reduce
the likelihood of injury to the occupants in all three rows of outboard seats
A rollover sensor adds a further level of protection.


The 2009 Acura MDX furthers Acura's commitment to "Safety Through
Innovation" with pedestrian injury mitigation features such as a deformable
aluminum hood and hood hinges along with breakaway windshield-wiper pivots.


MANUFACTURING QUALITY


Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario, is the assembly plant for
the MDX. A special dynamic quality-control process is employed to ensure the
highest possible level of attention to detail for every MDX produced. After
assembly is completed, each MDX enters a special Acura Quality line. The ability
to immediately respond to the smallest quality issue allows the MDX to excel
in quality - and in customer satisfaction.

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