The 321-horsepower hybrid V6; Acura's most powerful crossover to date.

The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is the company’s first ever hybrid SUV. While we don't have an official word from Acura Canada at this time, the new hybrid MDX is expected to hit dealerships in the United States this April. When it does, it will come with 31 extra horsepower and a 45 percent higher fuel economy than the standard MDX. Colour us impressed.

Like its NSX supercar sibling, power comes courtesy of a 3.0-litre V6 paired to a three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain (catch up on your acronyms if you don’t know what that means). It won't be as quick, unfortunately; output will be capped at 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. That makes it the most powerful SUV Acura has ever built – and the most efficient.

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

For the American model, EPA fuel economy is rated at 26 city, 27 highway, and 27 combined miles per gallon (11, 10.5, 11 litres per 100 kilometres). That signifies a six mpg increase overall over the non-hybrid MDX. Features like idle-stop capability, a more advanced seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and an electric servo brake system are in part to thank for the added fuel economy.

Together with Acura’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, the MDX hybrid includes an entire suite of safety features. That includes things like collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, just to name a few.

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

The MDX also comes with an Integrated Dynamics System with four distinct driving modes, including the new Sport+. The Integrated Dynamics System manages nine different dynamic systems within the vehicle, including its electric motors, throttle, steering, transmission and Active Dampers.

As for price, the MDX Sport Hybrid will start at $51,960 USD (all prices in U.S. dollars here on out) when it goes on sale later this spring. That price signifies a $1,500 premium over the standard MDX SH-AWD model, which starts at $50,460.

Although Acura's Canadian operations haven't confirmed the MDX Sport Hybrid for Canada at this time, it is likely we will see it at local dealers in the not-too-distant future.

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Source: Acura

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