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.
According to Acura, the RLX Sport Hybrid will offer a 32 mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating. Pricing starts at $59,950 for the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package, while the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Advance Package costs $65,950. Prices do not include the $895 destination charge.
The Technology Package incldeus the Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio System with an advanced 14-speaker array, while the Advance Package gets 14-speaker Krell system, which is one of the most respected audio companies in the world.
Besides the impressive design, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD features Jewel Eye LED headlights, LED taillights, a large 8-inch screen for the interior that combines audio, information and navigation functions as well as an additional 7-inch color On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) touchscreen that controls the audio system and other features.
The new Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD features a number of advanced technologies from the premium carmaker, like the Acura electronic gear selector and the Acura Head-Up Display System. Replacing the conventional, center console-mounted shift lever, the Acura electronic gear selector features an array of push-buttons, each corresponding to certain drive modes: Park, Drive and Reverse, as well as Sport and Normal driving modes.
Meanwhile, the Acura Head-Up Display System projects key driving information on the windshield, allowing the driver to access needed info with a glance. Display modes for this system include Sport Hybrid system operation, speedometer, compass, and turn-by-turn navigation. Also included are alerts from different driver-assistive systems.
In addition, the new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is fitted on the front with Acura's signature Jewel Eye LED headlights that deliver excellent road illumination performance and outstanding light distribution. On the rear, the vehicle employs highly distinctive RLX taillights with periphery LED illumination.
New Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is also loaded with a wide array of the standard and available technologies. While these features are intuitive and easy-to-use, the amount of engineering effort expended into creating each of them was immense. The new instrument panel features a large, eight-inch color screen for activating audio/information and navigation functions, while allowing access to a number of customizable features. An extra seven-inch color On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) touchscreen, meanwhile, offers control for the audio system and other features.
Acura is offering two audio systems for the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. The Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio System with an advanced 14-speaker array is included in the Technology package, while the 14-speaker Krell system – featuring speakers and amplifiers engineered by Krell -- is part of the Advance package.