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.
New Acura RLX comes with the Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) system that is regarded as the first left/right independent rear-wheel toe angle control system in the auto industry. P-AWS -- employing an all-electric system that could improve driving dynamics -- could monitor and compute the right amount of independent rear-wheel steering (toe angle) as needed.
Up front, the new Acura RLX rides on a new double-wishbone, lower double-joint front suspension that makes use of Amplitude Reactive Dampers to enhance handling agility and ride comfort. The rear axle, meanwhile, rides on a multi-link suspension that has been optimized to provide a flat ride during cornering. As a result, this multi-link rear suspension allows for a more confident cornering as well as a smoother ride in various driving situations.
In addition, the new Acura RLX is also available with the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that enables drivers to set a certain speed as well as certain distance from the vehicle ahead. As a result, ACC allows the use of cruise control during light traffic. ACC is complemented by a new Low-Speed Follow capability that allows the car to automatically follow the vehicle on front even when the traffic speed is slower than that what was set.
If the vehicle in front stops, the new RLX would also stop. When the vehicle in front moves forward, the vehicle icon on the RLX’s multi-information display will blink. As soon as the driver steps on the accelerator pedal or presses the steering wheel-mounted button, the RLX will start moving on the set speed.
On the other hand, the new RLX is provided with a high-efficiency Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) that improves the car’s stability during cornering. Once VSA detects any understeer or oversteer, it would reduce power and/or brakes individual wheels to rectify the sudden change and stabilize the RLX.