dmarks wrote: Yes - the most popular rumor is the Earth Dreams 3.5L V6 at about 310hp. What worries me is low end torque is what the MDX most needs. Although ED engines are said to develop more torque, taking cubic inches out of a V6 will not help. Again, this is probably a case where fuel economy is running the show. So what if the motor has 260 or even 270 ft-lb torque (representing a very nie increase overcurrent 3.5L), the current 3.7L already has that much torque.
I've also heard the MDX will be starting around 49.5k and stretch up close to 60k for top-of-the-line. With that sort of an entry price, look for Acura's Value prop to take another hit.
I'll be in the market for a new vehicle about the time the MDX debuts. As a proud 1st Gen owner I have been targeting this new model as the replacement. I certainly hope it is a more drivers oriented vehicle like the 2nd Gen tends to be. I just feel this model needs at least 300 ft-lb of torque to be a serious player. Horsepower is nice, but torque gets things moving and helps comp the extra weight of passengers and gear.
Lets hope Acura gets right the 3rd Gen MDX. The first two have been home runs for their time and market conditions.
Remember, the RLX uses an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and tranny. So even with only 310hp from the engine, the additional torque(low end) from the elec. motors should be adequate.
We can assume that the motors mounted in the rear wheels of the RLX ain't making it into the MDX.