Acura has unveiled the 2016 MDX, ahead of its launch later this month. It features a new nine-speed automatic transmission and an improved Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.

Acura has unveiled the 2016 MDX, ahead of its launch later this month.

Looking virtually identical to its predecessor, the updated model features a number of interior changes including a frameless rearview mirror, Siri voice recognition and a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines. There's also a new Easy Entry driver’s seat that moves 35mm rearward when the driver’s door is opened. Furthermore, the console-mounted shifter has been replaced by a shift-by-wire gear selector with push-button controls.

Under the hood, the 3.5-liter V6 engine is connected to a new nine-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift technology. It weighs 66 lbs (30 kg) less than the previous six-speed automatic transmission and shifts gears 25 percent faster.

The crossover also gains an improved Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system which is lighter and offers improved torque-vectoring capabilities.

On the safety front, there's an expanded AcuraWatch package which includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist System. The package also adds Road Departure Mitigation, Blind Spot Information and a Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

The 2016 Acura MDX will go on sale tomorrow and pricing starts at $42,865 (excluding a destination charge of $920).

Be part of something big

2016 Acura MDX unveiled with new transmission & upgraded SH-AWD system