Photos of the Next-Gen Acura MDX and TLX Have Leaked in the Weirdest Way

Joey Capparella
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From Car and Driver

  • Renderings that could show the next-generation Acura MDX and TLX have popped up on the forum
  • User "rdx.god" claims to have found the images by digging around in the RDX's infotainment software.
  • Both the next-gen TLX sedan and the MDX three-row SUV are expected to add Type S performance models with a turbocharged V-6 engine.

Now here's something we haven't seen before: The Acura RDX's infotainment system has apparently leaked the next-generation MDX and TLX long before their official reveals. The photos come from the AcuraZine forum, where one user claims to have found the renderings by digging around in the RDX's software. Files for the

Acura has yet to confirm that these photos show the real cars (we have reached out for comment), but they look completely plausible to us. The new MDX employs a similar front end as the smaller RDX, which was redesigned for 2019, while retaining a similar overall profile as the current MDX. The TLX's redesign looks to be a more exciting redux, with an athletic-looking profile, aggressive front-end styling, and an interesting kink at the trailing edge of the rear door.

There's no word on any mechanical details of the next-generation TLX or MDX, but Acura has confirmed that it plans to introduce performance-oriented Type S versions of future models. These will be powered by a turbocharged V-6 engine that should produce considerably more power than Acura's current 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 290 hp in both models.

We expect the new MDX to arrive first, likely going on sale late this year as a 2020 model. The TLX's redesign will be further off, likely to go on sale sometime next year as a 2021 model. For now, though, you can head to the original post on AcuraZine to see more photos of both cars, including interior renderings.

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