2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD facing delay due to technical issues

Article by Christian A., on August 15, 2014

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.

Bolted to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the RLX Hybrid promises a fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon combined. Mike Accavitti said that some RLX Hybrid units were already on a boat in late July and as a result, sales will start soon.

Acura is unveiling the refreshed iteration of its RDX luxury sport utility vehicle (for 2016 model year) to the global public at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, announcing plans to commence sales of the model across the United States this spring.

Featuring an array of significant tweaks to styling, performance, and luxury prestige, the new 2016 RDX will feature Jewel Eye LED projector headlamps and LED taillights. It will also receive a new, more dynamic 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine and a greater number of AcuraWatch safety and driver-assistive technologies. The new 2016 RDX will also be provided with new luxury features and technologies, including the new Advance Package.

In 2014, the Acura RDX, as well as its Acura MDX sibling, managed to post record sales in 2014 in Europe, outselling even their respective segment rivals. Acura is also upgrading the MDX for the 2016 model year with new features and technologies, including a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Thus, the 2016 RDX and the MDX will once again form Acura’s lineup in the world of luxury SUVs.

The new 2016 Acura RDX will be gaining a new powerplant: a new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine that employs Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. This new V6 engine is more powerful than its predecessor, delivering 279 hp of max output and 252 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Thanks to its broader torque curve, this V6 engine allows for more dynamic acceleration.

VCM, meanwhile, could deactivate two of the V6 engine's six cylinders during light engine loads. When at work, VCM helps the 2016 RDX return fuel economy ratings to 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for AWD versions, as well as 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for FWD models.

Thanks to new active front and rear engine mounts, increased suspension mount stiffness as well as updates to the steering control system, the new 2016 Acura RDX offers a more refined drive. Furthermore, the AWD with Intelligent Control system of the new RDX has been tuned to deliver more torque to the rear wheels, thereby improving its dynamic stability and all-weather performance.

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