The production version of the Acura RLX will be presented at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept vehicle was first seen at the 2012 New York Auto Show. A direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine will power the RLX, producing about 370 hp. It is coupled with Honda’s SH-AWD system that features three different electric motors.
One of the motors works together with the V6 engine as a conventional hybrid drive, while the rear wheels are powered by the two other motors. With the two electric motors, the power can be shifted from left to right in the rear to assist the car in rotating. This setup will be coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that enables the RLX have fuel economy ratings of about 30 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The RLX has a combined 30 mpg rating. A non hybrid setup will be available as well. It can deliver around 310 hp. The RLX has an 8-inch display screen and a seven-inch touch screen that makes use of the newest AcuraLink system with features like stolen vehicle tracking.