I liked the RDX more as a sporty MDX alternative. The turbo was cool. Now it's a bit too mature.
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As I mentioned in a previous post, MDX is a good, premium crossover, but it doesn't have the breadth or capability of the GC line.
Last edited by CJH; 05-09-2015 at 08:39 AM.
Basically, this is what I'd do (package wise) for the MDX: The current Advance versions are renamed Technology Plus and the Advance becomes a new premium package for the MDX in terms of features. Available with both the standard and hybrid engines, the MDX Advance features leather on the doors and dash, surrounding cameras, Krell audio, power folding mirrors, “sport trim” on the front and rear bumpers, and special wheels. All other packages are standard with Advance, and a base price of $60,000 for the 3.5L, $65,000 for the hybrid. And maybe skip my earlier post where I'd offer a high-output turbo-4 below the 3.5L.
For an actual luxury SUV above the MDX, I'd stick with a crossover type SUV as opposed to a more traditional off-road type SUV. I've tentatively named it the Legend Cross to align it with the new Legend that I proposed. It can share the platform, engines and so forth and really is a Legend crossover of sorts, competing with the Cayenne and Range Rover Sport, or the upcoming Maserati SUV as well. So even though it's smaller than the MDX overall and would likely only have two rows of seating, it would be more stylish, much better appointed, have unique technology, more dynamic to drive, and much quicker. The MDX's 3.5L and the Sport Hybrid engine would be offered (but in this lighter, 7-speed twin-clutch equipped crossover) but the new 3.5L twin-turbo hybrid V-6 for use in a few Acuras based on the concept of the NSX's 3.7TT hybrid would feature 450+ horsepower and be the premium engine option. Figure around 49K for a base version but well over 70K for a loaded twin-turbo.
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