Honda’s luxury division will unveil a third-generation Acura MDX at the New York International Auto Show March 27.

The auto maker says the production version of the longer all-new ’14 model will highlight the model’s benchmark status in the 3-row cross/utility vehicle segment.

The MDX was the first cross/utility vehicle to offer third-row seating when it debuted in 2001. The current generation model dates to 2007.

Acura says the new 7-seater is on a redone platform designed for enhanced ride comfort, improved driving dynamics, greater cabin versatility and increased fuel efficiency.

A longer wheelbase increases second-row legroom and improves third-row seat access, Acura says.

Power will come from a direct-injected 3.5L i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management. The vehicle will come in all- and 2-wheel-drive variants.

Other technical features include a next-generation of the AcuraLink connectivity system and Jewel Eye LED headlamps.

Among driver-assist technologies are a multi-angle rearview camera, lane-straying notification, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and blindspot alerts.

Acura expects enhanced safety features will earn the new MDX top safety ratings.

The auto maker showed a prototype version at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

Production of the vehicle moves to Lincoln, AL, from Alliston, ON, Canada, clearing the way for more production of the Honda Civic at the latter plant.