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Facelifted 2018 Acura RLX starts at $54,900

2018 Acura RLX sports sedan is scheduled to come out in U.S. showrooms on November 7. The lineup only consists of two models, both featuring a new simplified style.

The lower trim would be the RLX P-AWS which has a $54,900 price tag, including an extra $965 destination charge. The flagship RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, on the other hand, starts at $61,900, minus the destination fee. If you remember the price of the outgoing model, the latter actually costs $4,050 less than the current model with the Advance Package.

For the 2018 model year, customers could get the sports sedan in two new colour options including the Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl, both of which are new hues for the RLX. In the cabin are redesigned Milano leather seats, which are finished in a rich Espresso hue, and matched with high-contrast piping and stitching. A black headliner is also available.

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2018 Acura RLX has been given a facelift

The 2018 Acura RLX will be unveiled in Monterey next week, but the company has already shared more photos and details of the new sedan. With its new look, the company hopes that sales of the full-size four-door will speed up.

At first glance, the lines will remind you of the Precision Concept combined with the refreshed TLX. As I have mentioned earlier, most upgrades on the 2018 model year would be based on the sedan’s look, as it has been made more aggressive compared to its predecessor. It has a completely new front fascia, with the brand’s diamond pentagon grille up on the center, with a sculpted hood. Moving on to the rear of the RLX, there are now a pair of LED tail lights with dual exhaust tips that have been positioned lower, paired with a shiny black rear diffuser. The new upgrades indicate that the Acura is serious about giving the car more attitude.

By looking at the exterior changes, you would think that Acura has given the RLX a performance upgrade under its hood, but you are wrong. The 2018 model still has the same 3.5 liter V6 that can produce 310 horsepower, giving power to the front wheels through the 10-speed automatic gearbox. Though there isn’t an engine upgrade, the RLX now features all-wheel steering with the extra cogs. This means that there still is some improvement when it comes to acceleration and passing times.

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2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid now up for grabs starting at $59,950 MSRP

Acura fans and customers rejoice! Sales have begun for the flagship model of Acura’s RLX top-of-the-range sedan – the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. Described by Acura as its most powerful and technologically advanced sedan in history, the RLX Sport Hybrid for the 2017 model year doesn’t come cheap.

As Honda’s luxury vehicle marque, Acura produces premium vehicles that command premium prices. So, if you’re expecting the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid to be offered cheap, better get rid of that expectation. After all, even the base grade of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid – the version with Technology Package – comes to dealerships with a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $59,950. That doesn’t include shipping or destination charges, which amount to around $920. This means that a base version of the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid has a total price of $60,870. Now, for Acura customers who believe they deserve better, they could pick the top-of-the-line Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package. It commands a $6,000 premium over the RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package, but should further satisfy the cravings of discerning Acura customers.

The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is essentially the marque’s most luxurious and technology-laden executive sedan, boasting of the innovatively advanced Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD). This system employs not just one or two, but three electric motors working hand-in-hand with a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine that could provide 310 hp. One of the motors – also serving as generator -- powers the front wheels while the other two take care of the rear wheels. In total, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system provides a total of 377 hp (281 kW) of output and 341 lb.-ft. (462 Nm) of torque. With this powertrain, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid has fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

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2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD goes on sale, starts at $59,950

After having some technical issues, Acura has finally released the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, its most advanced sedan ever created. For those who don’t know, Acura was supposed to introduce the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD this sprint but the vehicle didn’t meet the company’s expectation, according to senior vice president and general manager Mike Accavitti.

Still, Accavitti declined to give any details regarding the issue with the vehicle. As you may know already, the new vehicle is powered by a direct injected 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 310 hp, combined with a new three-motor hybrid system, while power is delivered to the road via the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.

The motor-integrated 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) features a built-in 47 hp (35 kW) electroc motor, while the rear-mounted twin motor unit features two 27 kW (36 hp) electric motors. Moreover, the 72-cell, 1.3 kWh, 260-volt lithium-ion battery pack is located in the trunk. The total output of the hybrid system is 377 hp and 341 lb-ft of torque.

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It appears that Acura has some technical issues with the upcoming RLX Hybrid sedan as the vehicle was supposed to arrive in spring 2014 and as you can see it is August and the vehicle didn’t hit the dealerships yet.

According to WardsAuto, who spoke with Mike Accavitti a.k.a. senior vice president and general manager of the company in the United States, the vehicle didn’t meet Acura’s expectations yet.

A reason could be the lithium-ion battery shortage but also the 3-electric-motor Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system. For those who don’t know, the Acura RLX Hybrid uses a 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine that generates 377 hp.

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For those who didn’t like the Acura RLX Urban Luxury Sedan, Evasive Motorsports has an alternative and unveiled it at the 2013 SEMA Show. Dubbed Acura RLX VIP Sedan this new vehicle upgraded for an evening on the town. The first thing we see when looking at the car is the custom carbon fiber front bumper lip and vents, while the rear end shows the modified rear bumper and fabricated exhaust system with titanium tips.

Chargespeed delivered the side skirts, which are combined with a deck lid spoiler and splash guards from Acura Genuine Accessories. Nano-Fusion Film was used by Evasive Motorsports to protect the paint on the front end.

The vehicle also received 21-inch Advan F15 wheels wrapped in Continental ExtremeContact DW tires. Prototype Tein Street Flex coilovers allows the vehicle to get closer to the ground. Behind the wheels we find the four-pot Project Mu calipers and brake pads, and Evasive-spec brake rotors sit behind the front wheels. Inside, we find custom Jordan Brand-inspired elephant print neck pillows.

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2014 Acura RLX has a starting price of 48,450 USD (excluding the 895 USD destination fees). The model will start to sell on March 15 and is exclusively available with a V6 3.5-liter engine that delivers 310 hp (231 kW) and 272 lb-ft (368 Nm) of torque. Acura's flagship model features variable cylinder management and a 6-speed automatic gearbox and could return 20 mpg city / 31 mpg highway / 24 mpg combined.

Acura said that the new RLX has 38.8 inches of rear-set legroom, the longest in the segment. It also has the longest tandem seating distance at 36.4 inches. It features a 10-speaker sound system, an 8-inch navigation screen and a 7-inch multi-use touchscreen display, together with a 10-speaker audio system with USB and AUX support.

The RLX will be available later in 2013 with the company’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) which comprises a V6 3.5-liter engine, a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and three electric motors. This setup provides a combined output of 370 hp (276 kW) and enables the car to offer a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg city / highway / combined.

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Agero Connected Services will begin to offer core services for the AcuraLink connected-car system of the 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan in the spring. Agero's system will start to deliver AcuraLink, an online-based system that offers infotainment to drivers. Agero offers an embedded system comparable to OnStar and a mobile application. The contract with Acura, the luxury brand of Honda Motor Co., is a new one for Agero.

Gary Wallace, Agero's vice president of corporate relations, said that Acura is a new customer and that he hopes that the collaboration with the brand will deepen further and will continue. Agero said that a new feature enables owners to send destination information from their phones to the RLX navigation screen.

Based in Dallas, Agero Connected Services offers connected-vehicle services for the automotive, insurance and aftermarket industries. In a statement, Agero President Charles Cavolina, said that AcuraLink “brings the ownership experience beyond the car and personalizes Acura's brand experience to the AcuraLink user.”

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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.

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Acura continues to reinvent itself and as a result it revealed today at the 2012 New York Auto Show the RLX Concept. Set to make its debut on the market at the beginning of 2013, the new RLX Concept will be the company’s new flagship sedan. According to Acura, the RLX Concept is powered by a new 3.5L direct-injected VTEC V-6 engine and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, with three electric motors which deliver a combined 370 hp.

The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and makes the car capable to deliver V8 performances with four-cylinder fuel economy (the RLX has an estimated EPA rating of 30/30/30 mpg city/highway/combined). The production RLX will be offered in a 310-horsepower, front-wheel-drive version.

Regarding the design, the car looks good but we can’t say it let us speechless. It features Acura signature Jewel Eye headlamps, new front and rear bumpers but also a new set of 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in 255/35 R20 high-performance tires. Acura says that the front-wheel-drive versions of the RLX will use its all-new Precision All Wheel Steer system, which provides for independent control of the steering (toe) angle of the right and left rear wheels by utilizing electrically controlled actuators. This system works in tandem with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering to deliver an extraordinary level of cornering control and steering precision.

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