2016 Acura TLX mid-size premium sedan has a starting price of $31,695

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 23, 2015

Customers will be able to purchase their much-awaited mid-size luxury sedan – the Acura TLX – starting September 24. As for its price tag, the starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) will be $31,695 for the model with eight-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT).

The same model equipped with the Technology Package will have an MSRP of $35,750. On the other hand, the MRSPs for models equipped with the nine-speed automatic gearbox remain the same from mid-MY2015.

Moreover, the sedan features the Motion-Adaptive Electronic Power Steering system that provides very precise and responsive steering and allows better fuel efficiency. This system is complemented by the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) traction-control system that helps the vehicle retain control in slippery road conditions.

For a higher level of handling, the TLX units are gifted with Acura’s precision-handling technologies. For instance, the two-wheel-drive TLX models feature the latest version of Acura P-AWS, which was incorporated into the sedan’s chassis design from the initial phases of development.

This has enabled Acura’s engineers to exploit the P-AWS system’s independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control to improve overall handling precision, high-speed stability and low-speed maneuverability. All-wheel drive models, meanwhile, are equipped with Acura's torque vectoring SH-AWD.

This system sees to it that the rear-drive unit is continually overdriven by 2.7 percent to create a torque-vectoring effect on various driving situations. This improves the TLX’s cornering capability in tighter-radius corners and at lower speeds.

In terms of safety and driver assistance, the new Acura TLX leads the pack. As a matter of fact, the TLX is equipped with a cooperative monocular camera and millimeter wave radar system, which combine to further intensify the fidelity and widen the scope of the sedan’s road-sensing capabilities.

They provide the basis for the vehicle’s Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), which is capable of providing improved car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian collision mitigation and boosting the potential of the Adaptive Cruise Control system.

Exterior Design

Launched last year, the TLX quickly gained the interest of premium sports sedan drivers thanks to its great blend of luxury, prestige, proportion and performance.

On the outside, the new Acura TLX features a dynamic exterior design accentuated by taut body surfaces, firm character lines and vigorous sculpted fender arches.

It still features Acura's signature Jewel Eye LED headlights, giving the premium sedan an advanced appearance while providing superb road illumination. Likewise, the new Acura TLX features LED-accented side mirrors, LED taillights and LED license plate illumination.

On the other hand, the TLX is underpinned by a body and a chassis designed to support and improve the sedan’s already remarkable attributes – excellent driving dynamics, best-in-class fuel efficiency, advanced collision safety provision, and luxurious refinement.

For improved ride and handling, the chassis of the TLX employs a four-wheel independent suspension system – McPherson Strut front and multi-link rear – complemented by optimized geometry and Amplitude Reactive Dampers.

Interior Design

Moving inside, the new TLX features a cabin loaded with features and technologies that provide luxurious comfort, sophistication and a high level of refinement. For instance, the cabin features luxurious elements like alloy and wood-grain design accents and a soft-touch one-piece instrument panel upper cover, as well as an optional Milano leather seat trim.

Technological elements include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, HomeLink, Acura Navigation System with 3D view, Smart Entry/Push Button Start keyless access system, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting, and heated and ventilated front seats.

These features can be accessed and controlled through the seven-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) touchscreen in the center console.

Further technological elements include Acura’s AcuraLink connected car system, which offers a wide range of cloud-based and embedded security, connectivity and convenience; and Siri Eyes Free technology, which, when paired with a compatible iPhone, enables drivers to use Siri features through familiar voice commands.

For customers wanting to enjoy a world-class audio experience, they could choose to equip their TLX sedans with Technology and Advance trims that feature a 490-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio System, as engineered by Elliot Scheiner.

TLX customers are also treated to several standard and available luxury elements like power driver and front passenger seats, power windows, one-touch turn-signals, color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance, GPS-linked automatic climate control, HD Radio, and Aha integration, and HDMI and USB connectivity, and LED accent lighting.

All TLX models are blessed with Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold that supports driving on steep hills or in heavy traffic by maintaining brake pressure when the vehicle is stopped.

Additionally, the TLX boasts of better cargo-handling capability thanks to a 60/40-split folding rear seatback, a trunk with a wide and deep opening, a low lift-over height, and a fully flat cargo floor. Two optional under-floor storage compartments could be availed.

Powertrain

Serving at the core of the Acura TLX is any of the two dynamic, responsive and fuel-efficient powertrains. Both engines -- 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC in-line 4 and 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 -- feature direct injection and i-VTEC valve-trains with variable cam phasing, as well as low-friction technologies for higher output and linear power delivery and a new level of fuel efficiency.

The 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC in-line 4 engine (with direct injection) could develop 206 hp of peak output and 182 lb.-ft. of max torque. It is paired to an eight-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter.

The 8DCT features Sequential SportShift, ultra-quick shifts, closely spaced ratios and automatic rev-matching downshifts for a sporty feel while the torque converter provides very smooth operation during stop-and-go situations.

Moreover, the torque converter provides off-the-line torque multiplication for an enhanced initial acceleration. On the other hand, the 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 (with direct injection) is blessed with the Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system.

This system could deactivate three of the engine's six cylinders to consume less fuel. This engine develops up to 290 hp of output and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission (9AT) with wide gear ratios featuring Sequential SportShift.

TLX models with the 2.4-liter engine features an estimated EPA fuel-economy rating of 24/35/281 mpg (city/highway/combined) while those fitted TLX with the 3.5-liter V-6 with P-AWS have an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/34/251 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Meanwhile, the TLX SH-AWD has an estimated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/31/251 (city/highway/combined). For TLX models powered by the 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 9-speed automatic gearbox, they come with an advanced Electronic Gear Selector that swaps the usual gear lever with an intuitive push-button array, thereby freeing up center-console space.

Likewise, the TLX SH-AWD features an idle-stop system that enhances fuel efficiency and a 28-volt Active Control engine mount that lessens engine vibration during restarts.

Press Release

2016 Acura TLX – Hot-Selling Luxury Sports Sedan Returns with Unique Blend of Athleticism and Premium Luxury Refinement

Fast on the heels of a very successful first year, the Acura TLX will enter 2016 with great momentum when it goes on sale September 24 with a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $31,6951 for the TLX with 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and $35,750 for the same model with the Technology Package. The MSRPs for all five models with the 9-speed automatic transmission are unchanged from mid-model year 2015. The TLX garnered the admiration of luxury sports sedan drivers and critics alike with its combination of proportion, prestige, performance and luxury, leading to robust sales and industry awards.

The 2015 Acura TLX was recognized for its successful blend of style, performance and advanced technology with a 2015 Best Cars for the Money award from U.S. News & World Report, topping the Upscale Midsize Car category, and with a 2015 Best Value award from Kiplinger's Personal Finance in the Best New/Redesigned Car in the $40,000-$50,000 category. The Acura brand was also named the 2015 Best Retained Value® Luxury Brand by Edmunds.com for its outstanding projected resale value after five years of ownership.

"The success of TLX in its initial year on the market has been instrumental in Acura's resurgence as a luxury sedan manufacturer," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager, Acura Division. "The unique combination of proportion, prestige and performance is a hallmark of all Acura vehicles, from the gateway ILX luxury sedan to the MDX three-row luxury SUV and, of course, the upcoming next-generation NSX supercar."

Developed under the theme of Red Carpet Athlete, the TLX delivers a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium (red-carpet) luxury refinement. On the performance side, TLX models are powered by two high-output direct-injected i-VTEC engines; two advanced transmissions, including a Dual Clutch Transmission with torque converter; and the latest iterations of Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), next-generation Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), and Agile Handling Assist (AHA).

The TLX also was designed to appeal to a broader cross-section of luxury sports-sedan customers, with a wider range of powertrain and drivetrain options. There are three distinct TLX model offerings:

The TLX with 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower2 i-VTEC inline-4 with 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter, and P-AWS;
The TLX with 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower3 i-VTEC V-6 with 9-speed automatic transmission and P-AWS;
And the TLX SH-AWD with next-generation SH-AWD, available with the 3.5-liter, 290 horsepower3 V-6 and 9-speed automatic.
All three TLX models carry a long list of standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features. TLX models with the 2.4-liter engine can be upgraded to the Technology package and models with the 3.5-liter engine are available with Technology or the line-topping Advance Package. View, build and price a 2016 Acura TLX at acura.com/tlx.

Design and Packaging
The TLX's chassis, powertrains and precision-handling technologies are wrapped in a lithe exterior design with taut body surfaces, dynamically sculpted fender arches, and purposeful character lines. Its sporting character is emphasized by compact sports-sedan proportions.

Acura's signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, standard on all models, lend the TLX an advanced and bright-eyed appearance while producing superior down-the-road illumination. Its LED lighting theme carries through to the LED-accented side mirrors, LED taillights and LED license plate illumination.

The TLX also features a 60/40-split folding rear seatback for greater cargo-carrying flexibility and a trunk design featuring a wide and deep opening, a low lift-over height, a fully flat cargo floor, and two optional underfloor storage compartments.

Interior
The TLX's spacious five-passenger interior is designed and engineered to provide a high degree of refinement, luxury comfort and technological sophistication while supporting an exhilarating driving experience. High-end premium elements include a soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel upper cover, alloy and wood-grain design accents, and available Milano leather seat trim.

The TLX offers an abundance of available luxury features and technologies, including heated and ventilated front seats, HomeLink®, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Smart Entry/Push Button Start keyless access system, Acura Navigation System with 3D view, and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting. A 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touch screen, located in the center console, controls these and other features, and, with its contextual menus, displays relevant items while minimizing instrument panel clutter.

The TLX also features the next generation of AcuraLink®, Acura's cloud-based connected car system, offering Acura owners a broad range of cloud-based and embedded convenience, connectivity and available security features. All TLX models come equipped with Siri Eyes Free technology that, when paired with a compatible iPhone, allows the driver to use the features of Siri using familiar voice commands. Additional standard and available luxury features includes one-touch turn-signals and power windows, power driver and front passenger seats, GPS-linked automatic climate control, color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance, LED accent lighting, HD Radio®, Pandora® and Aha™ integration, and HDMI and USB connectivity.

In keeping with Acura's commitment to delivering a world-class audio experience, the TLX in Technology and Advance trims come equipped with a 490-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System, engineered specifically for the TLX by legendary recording engineer Elliot Scheiner.

TLX models featuring the 3.5-liter V-6 engine utilize an advanced Electronic Gear Selector, using an intuitive push-button array in place of a traditional gear lever, freeing up center-console space while presenting an advanced and futuristic appearance. All TLX models incorporate an Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold that, when activated, retains brake pressure when the vehicle is stopped, simplifying driving in heavy traffic or on steep hills.

Powertrains
At the heart of the TLX's athletic sports-sedan performance capabilities are its two powertrains, both utilizing direct-injection, i-VTEC valvetrains with variable cam phasing, and low-friction technologies to deliver higher output and linear and responsive power delivery, as well as to garner class-leading fuel-economy ratings.

The direct-injected 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC in-line 4, producing a peak 206 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque, is mated to an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter. Featuring Sequential SportShift, closely spaced ratios, ultra-quick shifts and automatic rev-matching downshifts, the 8DCT gives the 2.4-liter TLX an aggressively sporting yet refined feel. The torque converter provides exceptionally smooth operation in stop-and-go situations, plus it offers off-the-line torque multiplication for substantially improved initial acceleration that a DCT alone cannot equal.

The direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), with the ability to deactivate three of the engine's six cylinders, for improved fuel efficiency. The aluminum-alloy 24-valve engine produces a peak 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with wide gear ratios featuring Sequential SportShift.

TLX models featuring the 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 9AT also utilize an advanced Electronic Gear Selector that replaces the traditional gear lever with an intuitive and easy-to-operate push-button array. The interface frees up center-console space while presenting an advanced and sophisticated appearance.

The TLX SH-AWD also incorporates an idle-stop capability for improved fuel efficiency. A 28-volt Active Control engine mount significantly reduces engine vibration during restarts.

The TLX equipped with the 2.4-liter engine has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 24/35/281 mpg city/hwy/combined, among the highest for any vehicle in its class. The TLX with the 3.5-liter V-6 with P-AWS has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/34/251 mpg. The TLX SH-AWD has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/31/251.

Acura Precision-Handling Technologies
Two-wheel-drive TLX models, with either the 2.4-liter or 3.5-liter engine, come equipped with the latest iteration of Acura P-AWS. The P-AWS system was integrated into the fundamental chassis design from the earliest stages of development, allowing engineers to take full advantage of its independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance overall handling precision, low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.

The TLX SH-AWD features a hydraulically controlled new generation of Acura's acclaimed torque vectoring SH-AWD®. The rear-drive unit is constantly overdriven by 2.7-percent, providing torque-vectoring effect across a broad spectrum of driving situations, enhancing cornering capability at lower speeds and in tighter-radius corners.

Near-limit and high speed maneuvering capabilities of both the P-AWS and SH-AWD models are enhanced by the use of Agile Handling Assist (AHA), which utilizes the TLX's Vehicle Stability Assist and premium 6-piston brake modulator to create a yaw moment (a vehicle turning force), helping the driver smoothly and easily trace the desired line with smaller steering-wheel inputs. AHA stabilizes the car earlier than conventional VSA, resulting in more agile and engaging dynamic performance in everyday driving conditions.

All TLX models also feature the latest development of Acura's Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which allows drivers to customize their driving experience through four selectable modes – ECON, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Depending on the setting, IDS will adjust power-steering effort, throttle response, transmission shift logic, HVAC system operation, and the control logic for either the P-AWS or SH-AWD systems. The Sport+ mode, a first for Acura, unlocks the full performance potential of the TLX with the most aggressive settings in all areas.

Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies
The TLX also advances Acura's reputation for delivering cutting-edge safety and driver-assistive technologies. The TLX deploys a cooperative monocular camera and millimeter wave radar system that expands both the fidelity and scope of the vehicle's road-sensing capabilities. This fusion of camera and radar technology underpins the TLX's available Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBS), which can provide enhanced car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian collision mitigation, while also enhancing the capabilities of the Adaptive Cruise Control.

The TLX utilizes Acura Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), which is included with the Advance Package. RDM uses the monocular camera to recognize painted lane lines, Botts' Dots and Cat Eye markers to determine lane boundaries. When the vehicle's current travelling direction would cause it to stray from a detected lane, the system warns the driver and assists by applying corrective steering input and, if required, braking force to help the driver maintain their current lane.

Additional standard and available driver-assistive features include blind spot information (BSI), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Expanded View Driver's Side Mirror, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM).

The TLX also employs Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, along with advanced supplemental restraint systems – including front, side, side-curtain and driver's knee airbags – to provide a high level of occupant protection in a wide spectrum of collision scenarios.

Body and Chassis
The TLX platform (body and chassis) was designed from the ground up to support and enhance the vehicle's outstanding driving dynamics, luxury-sedan refinement, class-leading fuel efficiency and high-level collision safety performance.

The chassis features a four-wheel independent suspension system – McPherson Strut front and multi-link rear – with optimized geometry and Amplitude Reactive Dampers for improved ride comfort and handling performance. The TLX's Motion-Adaptive Electronic Power Steering delivers a high level of steering precision and responsiveness while aiding fuel efficiency. It also works cooperatively with the vehicle's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) traction-control system to help the driver maintain vehicle control in slippery road conditions.

The TLX's unit body utilizes advanced lightweight materials, including ultra-high-strength steels, aluminum (hood, bumper beams and front subframe) and magnesium (steering hangar beam), to minimize weight while providing for a high degree of rigidity that benefits both dynamic performance and occupant safety. Also incorporated into the body is the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) frontal body structure, and a one-piece, hot-stamped-steel door stiffener ring. The sleek body design is also optimized for class-leading aerodynamic efficiency.

For a premium interior experience, Acura engineers paid special attention to body sealing to provide a quiet and relaxing cabin experience. This includes the application of acoustic spray foam, which is applied in 10 critical locations throughout the body. Additional noise-reducing features include triple door seals, the expanded application of body sealing and sound absorptive materials, an acoustic glass windshield, and electronic Active Noise Control (ANC).

For More Information
Consumer information is available at www.acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at acuranews.com/channels/tlx.

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $920.00. Dealer prices may vary.
2 206 horsepower @ 6800 rpm (SAE net), 182 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm
3 290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm (SAE net), 267 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm
4 Based on anticipated 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 

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