Acura RLX gets a new face, will anyone care?

11 August, 2017, 22:32 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • The 2018 Acura RLX receives the brand's new face

Key styling changes include the addition of the brand's new diamond pentagon grille highlighted by a massive Acura badge, a sculpted hood and jagged LEDs running along the headlights and taillights.

August 10, 2017: Acura today unveiled a redesigned 2018 Acura RLX reflecting the brand's new Precision Crafted Performance design direction to create a more substantial presence for Acura's top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan. Completing the aggressive makeover are new wheel designs.

Underneath the new bodywork is a hybrid system for the RLX Sport Hybrid that is based on an all-wheel drive chassis and Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD propulsion technology.

Look for the 2018 Acura RLX to go on sale this November. This model now gets a 10-speed automatic transmission that Acura says improves acceleration and passing performance.

If gas-only is your preference, there's a 310 horsepower 2018 RLX with Acura's all-wheel steering technology.

Acura will roll out a refreshed 2018 RLX sedan during the Monterey Car Week that incorporates similar changes made to the smaller TLX sedan and MDX crossover SUV.

The Acura RLX hasn't exactly been a sales blockbuster. The 3.5-liter Earth Dreams V6 and trio of electric motors remain unchanged, however, and are producing the same 377 horsepower as before. This marks the first Acura application of this new Honda-developed transmission; it's already in use in the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan and soon will be installed in the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord.

Features like the surround view camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start and more will be offered as standard features on the 2018 Acura RLX.

The Acura RLX debuted during the 2014 model year as the spiritual successor to the brand's beloved Legend sedan.

As the company's luxury flagship, RLXs will run a big suite of active and passive safety stuff like crash-preventative automatic braking, lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control. The Acura RLX will not be coming in as a newly designed model but it will receive a few exterior upgrade to match what Acura had to offer on the other models like the NSX.

Under the new sheet metal is the same V-6 engine and optional Sport Hybrid model. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist helps reduce driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle in its lane and a set interval behind a auto detected ahead. Pricing details have yet to be announced.

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