March 18th, 2013 by Steve Cypher

Honda to unveil an updated 2014 Odyssey minivan as well as the next generation 2014 Acura MDX at the 2013 New York International Auto Show

2014 Honda Odyssey

It’s only been just a little over three years since the fourth-generation Honda Odyssey was unveiled in concept form at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show.

Be that as it may, earlier today Honda announced that it would be unveiling a refreshed 2014 Odyssey during media days at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Although the manufacturer gave no specifics, it promises that the update will include “some innovative new features” that “further strengthens the Honda minivan’s position as the segment’s most coveted family-friendly vehicle, and adds to its status as the strongest overall ownership value in its class.”

2014 Acura MDX

It has taken me a while to get used to the term “prototype” in Acura-speak, but in most cases it means a lightly customized version of an upcoming production model – usually with an interior that is nearly production ready. In the case of the 2014 Acura MDX Prototype that was unveiled in Detroit earlier this year, however, the interior was not shown and the windows were heavily tinted to discourage any picture taking.

Although it shares some hard points with the current model, Acura’s largest crossover is 1.5 inches lower with an all-new Earth Dreams direct injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that features the latest in variable cylinder management technology. It will also be offered with both SH-AWD (super handling all-wheel drive) and, for the first time, a 2WD configuration. Acura engineers have also massaged the suspension and lightened the chassis.

Exterior styling changes spotlight more aggressive front and rear styling touches. Up front, the MDX features Acura’s new signature “Jewel Eye” LED headlights, a feature first introduced on the new flagship RLX, as well as a mercifully toned-down version of the brand’s blade grille.

Stay tuned

The press event is scheduled for the second of two media days and will take place at 12:10 PM (EDT) on March 27, 2013. I’ll be there to bring you all the action so be sure to check back as we’ll have images from it available on our flickr site before, during and after the event.

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