Leaks of new models occur in different ways, but we are not quite sure we have seen one happen in this way. A technically knowledgeable member of AcuraZine with the name of the forum rdx.god has posted some very interesting images that claim to show the new design of MDX, which could be for the 2020 model year. You will also find in this article images of what could be the next Acura TLX sedan, a vehicle that we were not waiting until the 2021 model year, as well as interesting renderings of interior elements and possible options for these vehicles.
Where do these pictures come from? This is interesting, since this person apparently bought a new Acura RDX and searched the crossover software suite. Remember, these things are not things that you will come across while pressing buttons. According to the thread, this person found technical quality files and loaded them into an Android development toolbox. We do not speak the computer very well, but the bottom line is that it took a few extra steps to find these pictures. But are they legitimate?
By comparing the MDX photos to our own spy photos (above), the proportions seem to match. Regarding the TLX (below), we do not have much to compare in terms of spy photos, but the photo leaked has a striking resemblance to the TLX PMC Edition revealed by Acura earlier this year at the New York Auto Show. The front fairing is particularly similar, although the headlights are narrower and the body lines are a bit more stitched. Honestly, we hope it will be the real deal because we like what we see.
However, to better answer this question, we sent a quick message to Acura. It seems odd that images of future products are buried in software for vehicles currently on sale, but a spokesman for the automaker has provided a clear, logical and surprisingly optimistic explanation.
"As we had announced, the True Touchpad interface that debuted on the RDX will extend to the entire Acura range. These conceptual renderings have been deeply embedded in the RDX user interface software for placement purposes only. Although the renderings are conceptual and based on our Precision Concept design language, we are pleased with the anticipation and positive feedback and are excited to share the details of future Acura products in a timely manner. "
Officially, these images are only concepts. That they translate partially or directly into production vehicles remains to be seen.