Acura today released a vague sketch of the 2014 MDX prototype it’ll be revealing at the 2013 Detroit auto show. Although very few details were given, Acura says the next-generation MDX (spy photos here!) will utilize an “aero sculpture” design language and feature alluring proportions with smooth, arching bodylines. What we see is a longer, leaner profile; a far more elegant side glass treatment; a steeper rake to the backlight; and ramped-up personality in the front fascia. Oh, and big honkin’ arches over the wheels, implying some of the excellent dynamics the current one delivers but doesn’t advertise.

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Considering Honda and Acura’s track record of revealing so-called concepts and prototypes in high-profile settings and then ushering them into production shortly thereafter with only a few changes, it’s a good bet that the MDX prototype we see in Detroit will be a fairly accurate representation of the real deal. We’ll have official images and full info covering the 2014 MDX prototype the moment the sheet comes off next month.

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By Andrew Wendler