The European Honda Accord-based TSX is being threatened by the new 2013 Acura ILX, which will go on sale this spring. While the ILX is slightly smaller than the TSX, their prices are comparable. It is rumored that Acura will converge the TSX with the TL, its most popular sedan, and name this the TLX.
Since the TSX and the TL won’t be getting a major update until the 2014 model year, the TSX will be offered together with the ILX for at least one year. Earlier this month, Acura introduced the RLX Concept at the New York International Auto Show so it’s expected that the RL replacement will arrive in showrooms before the TLX, which likely won’t be available until the fall of 2013. It’s expected that the TLX would be based on the larger car, the TL, which in turn, is based on the North American Honda Accord.
The all-new 2013 Accord is believed to be slightly smaller on the outside than the existing model but it will have the same or better interior space. It also uses the same wheelbase. For the last few years, the TL served as Acura’s top-selling sedan. But in first quarter of 2012, the TSX was the leader with 8994 to 8417. Notably, the MDX is still the brand’s bestseller, at 10,199 for the first quarter. The Acura will drop the TSX wagon when it converges the model with TL. The wagon makes up around 10% of TSX sales, with only 932 delivered through March.