Acura's first-ever hybrid crossover is priced just $1,500 more than the gasoline-only version.

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid front 3/4 view

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Earlier today, Honda's luxury division announced that it will be releasing its first hybrid-electric SUV, while detailing its cost as well as the model's standard equipment list.

First introduced as a 2014 model, the third-generation MDX, on which the new hybrid is based, received a mild facelift for the 2017 model year. The biggest change was replacing its much-maligned "power plenum" grille with one that draws its inspiration from the brand's new "diamond pentagon" design.

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid grille and headlight detail

The MDX's manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $52,935 (including a destination charge of $975) would seem to be a pretty big step up from the base AWD model's MSRP of $47,025. However, the hybrid also comes standard with the $4,410 Technology Package (navigation, HD traffic and rerouting, premium audio; voice recognition for navigation, audio, climate control, and Bluetooth; AcuraLink connectivity, remote engine start, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert), bringing the difference in price to just $1,500.

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid rear 3/4 view

You also get an MDX with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26/27/27 city/highway/combined miles per gallon. That's an improvement of 8/1/6 city/highway/combined mpg over the non-hybrid AWD MDX (which has an EPA-estimated18/26/21 city/highway/combined mpg). Premium gasoline is recommended for both the hybrid and non-hybrid models.

To top it all off, the hybrid also offers more horsepower. With its three-motor hybrid setup mated to a 3.0-liter V6, the system produces 321net horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. That's an additional 31 horsepower and 22 lb-ft of torque over the gasoline model.

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid dashboard

2017 MDX Hybrid prices and availability

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid prices are as follows:

MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package: $52,935
MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package: $58,975

The new MDX Sport Hybrid will reach Acura showrooms in early April.

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid static front 3/4 view