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A brand that is starving for something new is about to get it with Acura planning to equip its most popular models with a new hybrid powertrain. Both the RDX and MDX crossovers, which could arrive as early as next year, will be completely redesigned and feature the new hybrid setup.
The compact RDX will do away with its turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder (we’ll miss it) in favor of a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, with a hybrid option. A 7-speed sequential transmission (something the brand could desperately use) may also arrive, but it’s not likely to appear until around 2015.
As for the MDX, it will also receive a hybrid version, likely as an option to the base V6 engine, which could drop in size from 3.7 to 3.5-liters. The same engine options would then be offered for the mid-size TL, which is expected to shrink slightly compared to the current model. In both the MDX and TL, look for cylinder deactivation and a start-stop system mated to Honda’s large car hybrid system – which could be a plug-in setup.
In addition to these major changes, the RL will reportedly live on, but with a more dramatic style. At the other end of the product lineup, the TSX may be axed entirely to make room for a new Civic-based RSX sedan model.
[Source: AutomotiveNews via CNET]