Acura Announces Pricing for New 2003 MDX Luxury SUV


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TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 30 -- Acura today announced prices for its more powerful 2003 MDX luxury SUV, which features significant added equipment and refinements that increase the vehicle's price 2.8 percent
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compared to last year based on a sales-weighted average. The 2003 MDX will be priced at $35,700 when it goes on sale Sept. 30 at Acura dealers nationwide. The MDX comes with three available factory options: a luxury Touring Package priced at $2,600, and also available on models equipped with the Touring
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Package, a newly enhanced Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM) and rearview camera priced at $2,200 and the all-new Acura DVD Entertainment System priced at $1,500.

The 2003 MDX delivers V-8-like performance thanks to a new 3.5 liter V-6 engine, which boosts horsepower to 260 (a 20 hp increase over the 2002 model), an all-new 5-speed automatic transmission, drive-by-wire throttle control and

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a recalibrated 4-wheel drive system. A retuned suspension system increases ride comfort while an increase in dynamic torsional chassis rigidity, revised steering and the addition of Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) help to maintain the MDX's sport sedan-like handling.

Other new features for 2003 include redesigned alloy wheels, the addition of automatic on/off headlights and three new exterior colors. Inside, the MDX receives over 25 enhancements designed to increase the level of refinement beyond the 2002 model's benchmark-setting levels, including an enhanced navigation system and an all-new optional DVD entertainment system.

                        Key New Features for 2003 MDX

     --  Next generation engine which increases horsepower from 240 to 260
     --  All-new compact 5-speed automatic transmission
     --  Drive-by-wire throttle
     --  Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
     --  Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags
     --  Additional front airbag sensors and new system control logic
     --  Rain sensing windshield wipers (Touring Package)
     --  Auto on/off headlights
     --  Auto-up driver's side window with auto-reverse
     --  Available Acura DVD Entertainment System with headphones and remote
         control
     --  Rear splash guards

                 Additional 2003 MDX Refinements/Enhancements

     --  Revised suspension settings for a smoother ride
     --  35 percent increase in dynamic torsional body rigidity for precise
         handling
     --  Refined steering system for enhanced feel and reduced kickback
     --  4-wheel drive system remapped to provide up to a 30 percent increase
         in rear torque
     --  Next generation Acura Navigation System including:
         --  Voice recognition
         --  Rearview camera
         --  Enhanced graphics
         --  Expanded US database coverage
     --  Redesigned alloy wheels
     --  New exterior colors:
         --  Midnight Blue Pearl
         --  Sage Brush Pearl
         --  Sandstone Metallic
     --  New interior color -- Quartz



                          Pricing for 2003 Acura MDX

    MDX                                              $35,700
    MDX (with Touring Package)                       $38,300
    MDX (with Touring Package and Acura              $39,800
          Entertainment System)
    MDX (with Touring Package and Acura Navigation   $40,500
          System)
    MDX (with Touring Package, Acura Navigation      $42,000
          System and Acura Entertainment System)

                          Destination and handling $500

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