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Report: Acura MDX Gets New Look, Six-Speed Transmission for 2010

New Advance Package also include high-tech shock absorbers to deliver improved performance and comfort

 |  Aug 04 2009, 9:52 AM

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For 2010 Acura has given its flagship MDX SUV a mid-cycle refresh which includes a new six speed transmission, an exciting Advance Package and, of course, the company’s new corporate shield grille. And we have to say, while the grille is “controversial” at best on Acura’s other models, it really seems to work on this hefty crossover.

Along with that grille is an entirely new front bumper, a redesigned hood, new side skirts, new taillights with brighter LEDs and a new rear bumper with “rolled edge” exhaust pipes. A set of lighter 18-inch wheels comes standard with optional 19-inchers.

Output from Acura’s largest V6 engine remains the same at 300hp and 270 ft-lbs of torque, but the 3.7-liter unit gets paired with a six-speed transmission. The addition of one gear over last year’s model should net some improvement in acceleration, although the difference is no-doubt minute. Instead Acura has used the extra gear to help improve fuel-economy. The 2010 MDX is now rated at 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, an improvement of 1 mpg in each category over the previous model.

The biggest news for potential buyers might just be the optional Advance Package, which includes state of the art technology for added performance, convenience and safety. Along with a new power steering system, suspension adjustments and a stiffer chassis, the Advance Package adds an Active Damper System, similar to the one found on the Ferrari 599 or Corvette Z06. This system uses Magneto-Rheological shocks that can adjust individually in as little as five milliseconds to deliver not only a sportier ride, but also a more comfortable one. Additional features of the Advance Package include a Collision Mitigating Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), a blind spot information system (BSI), auto-leveling HID headlights and larger 19-inch wheels.

 

GALLERY: 2010 Acura MDX

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 |  Jun 24 2009, 11:09 AM

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When Ferrari unveiled the 599 GTB HGTE at the Geneva Auto Show in March the company’s press kit didn’t contain much in the way of photography…. just a few CGI images. Now the Italian automaker has spent the time to do a proper shoot of the 599 equipped with a special handling package and released these photos.

The HGTE in the name stands for Handling GT Evoluzione, and as the name suggests, this Ferrari has improved cornering capabilities due to several modifications. The magnetorheological shocks get revised settings and a more aggressive spring package is used. Larger sway bars also help keep the Ferrari flagship planted in the corners. On top of this there is a slightly revised front bumper, new exhaust tips and a new set of 20-inch wheels – which we presume are lighter than the stock units (but Ferrari hasn’t said as much).

Inside the cockpit is mostly unchanged except for new sports seats that feature stitching that reads “Handling GTE.” All this will cost a cool $42,000 on top of the $300,000-plus Ferrari charges for the standard 599.

GALLERY: Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE

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