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.
That the new 2015 TLX has sporting qualities is highlighted mainly by having proportions similar to a compact sports sedan. Placed side by with the 2014 TL, it is clear that the 2015 TLX is shorter, in fact by 3.7 inches. However, the brand made sure that the measure of the wheelbase would still be the same; and even the distance of the front-to-rear (or tandem) passenger-seating is unchanged.
Its overhangs have been made shorter with the one in front shorter by 1.1 inches and that of the rear by 2.7 inches. The design of the body was done with the intention of being able to promote the development theme known as the “Red Carpet Athlete.” The goal was that it would heighten the luxury appeal while enhancing the quietness of the cabin. There was also the objective of improving the ride comfort, refining the style, and being able to deliver an athletic and exciting performance expected from a sports sedan.
All of these needed to be achieved while making sure that the new model would get the best crash safety ratings and fuel economy that would be the top of its segment. Fitted as standard on all Acura models are the trademarked Jewel Eye headlights which make use of LEDs. Through this, the 2015 TLX is able to get that bright-eyed and hi-tech appearance while ensuring the illumination down-the-road is exceptional.
The LED lighting theme can also be seen on the license plate, which is illuminated with LED, and the LED taillights as well as the LED-accented side mirrors. Going to the rear section, the trunk has been designed to have an opening that is not only deeper but also wider. With rear seatback allowing for a 64-40 split, this combination guarantees better flexibility when it comes to storing cargo. Still on the trunk, the lift-over height is lower with the floor being completely flat. When it comes to storage, there will also be the option to have two storage compartments under the floor.