Spy images have revealed the big changes that Acura is planning for its TL sedan when it is redesigned and renamed summer next year. It will be known as the TLX sedan that will be based on the pre-2013 Honda Accord platform. It will be, however, underpinned by the platform that underpins the redesigned 2013 Accord. This means that it will share similar characteristics as the new Accord, which boasts of having a shorter length and wheelbase.
The new Acura TLX will slot in between the current TL and TSX compact sedans. The spy photos show a heavily camouflaged car undertaking a hot-weather testing. The car bears a long sweeping roofline that extends to stout yet more-defined trunk lid. The nose of the car still bears comes to Acura's trademark point, although its "beak" grille seems to have been mellowed.
Acura will not redesign the outgoing Europe-market Accord since it plans to use the new platform in all markets. Since the TSX is based on the outgoing Accord, it may not be seen anymore on Acura’s lineup. This means Acura’s offerings will only include the compact ILX, mid-sized TLX and flagship RLX sedans.
The new models will also feature Honda's Earth Dreams 3.5-liter V-6, which provides up 310 hp for the RLX. The TL is powered either a by 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 or a 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 when mated with all-wheel drive. The redesigned TLX is expected to be featured with AWD and the optional Precision All-Wheel Steering system.
2015 Acura TLX's new powertrains, chassis, and precision-handling technologies are all wrapped in a slender and graceful new exterior design that feature taut body surfaces, purposeful character lines, and dynamically sculpted fender arches. The vehicle’s sporting character is highlighted by compact sports-sedan proportions. In terms of overall length, the 2015 TLX is shorter than the 2014 TL by 3.7 inches. Meanwhile, it has retained the same wheelbase and front-to-rear or tandem passenger-seating distance. Moreover, compared to the 2014 TL, the 2015 TLX’s front overhang is 1.1 inches shorter and its rear overhang is shorter by 2.7 inches.
Furthermore, Jewel Eye LED headlights, which are signature Acura elements, are standard on all Acura models. These headlights give the TLX a bright-eyed and advanced appearance while offering superior down-the-road illumination. The LED lighting theme is carried through to the LED taillights, the LED license plate illumination, and the LED-accented side mirrors.
Additionally, for greater cargo-carrying flexibility, the vehicle has a 60/40-split folding rear seatback. It also has a new trunk design that boasts a deeper and wider opening, a fully flat cargo floor, a lower lift-over height, and two new underfloor storage compartments that are optional.
The body of the TLX has also been designed to support the vehicle's "Red Carpet Athlete" development theme’s twin goals. This leads to a significantly enhanced luxury appeal, ride comfort, styling refinement, and exhilarating and athletic sports-sedan performance, while achieving crash safety ratings and class-leading fuel economy.