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

Article by Christian A., on December 6, 2016

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.

The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package is laden, as standard, with features like Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights, next generation AcuraLink connected car system, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and 19-inch bright-finished wheels. As standard, the RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package is fitted with the ELS Studio 32 Premium Audio System that can be operated through the center touchscreen, or via voice commands.

It features 14 speakers -- six mid-range speakers, six titanium dome tweeters, a mid-range center speaker and 20-cm subwoofer. In addition, the RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package comes with AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF); Blind Spot Information (BSI); Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS); Cross Traffic Monitor; Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

Meanwhile, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package builds on the Technology Package and adds heated steering wheel; six-level heater and ventilated leather seats; heated outboard rear seats; power rear window sunshades that could be operated manually or via a button; rear footwell lighting; and a 14-speaker Krell audio system. Also included in the Advance Package is a surround view camera that helps in uncovering blind spots and obstacles; front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming power-folding side mirrors ad Remote Engine Start with vehicle feedback.

If these features aren’t enough, there is more on the store for customers of the new 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, provided that they also have deeper pockets. One of the three optional wheels for the 2017 RLX Sport Hybrid isn’t for free, and customers have to shell out $2,872 more for the chrome versions. Stylish upgrades include a rear spoiler for $410, side moldings for $259 and illuminated door sills for $749.

Splash guards ($170), rear bumper appliqué ($65) and carpeted trunk mat ($99) are also available as styling upgrades. For added utility and convenience, customers may also avail of a spare tire kit ($369), trunk tray ($115), all-season floor mats ($171), cargo net ($40) and sunshade ($60). Also available is $30 first aid kit. Overall, these upgrades amount to $2,943, which means that the top version of the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with all possible upgrades would cost around $72,705, including destination charges.

Press Release

377 Horsepower 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Hits Showrooms

The 377 horsepower, electrified 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™ goes on sale tomorrow at Acura dealerships with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $59,9501. The RLX Sport Hybrid is the most powerful and technologically advanced Acura sedan in history, applying a groundbreaking three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD)—an exclusive Acura technology also found in the new Acura NSX supercar.

The RLX Sport Hybrid offers the most spacious five-passenger seating in its class, with a powertrain that combines V8-like performance and 4-cylinder-like fuel efficiency along with precise 'on rails' handling feel, courtesy of its electrically-powered torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.

Featuring a direct-injected V-6 engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with built-in motor-generator powering the front wheels, and two rear electric motors for the rear wheels, the RLX Sport Hybrid generates a combined system rating of 377 horsepower3.

Anchoring the powertrain, the 3.5-liter, 310-horsepower, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) in the RLX Sport Hybrid sports a broad torque band, augmented by the instant torque of the three electric motors. The surprisingly quick, yet efficient Sport Hybrid also features an automatic idle-stop system to further maximize fuel efficiency, helping it to receive a top-class EPA rating of 29/30/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).

In addition, the RLX Sport Hybrid delivers a host of signature and premium Acura technologies as standard, including Acura's distinctive Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, 19-inch bright-finished wheels and next generation AcuraLink® connected car system and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

The RLX Sport Hybrid also features AcuraWatch™, a comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, as standard equipment on all trims. The AcuraWatch™ suite includes:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
Blind Spot Information (BSI)
Cross Traffic Monitor
Utilizing Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure, along with seven airbags (including driver's knee airbag), the RLX Sport Hybrid is anticipated to earn a 5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle safety rating, and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from IIHS.

The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid also offers intuitive technology that reduces stress and simplifies the driving and ownership experience – with features such as Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, a capless refueling system, Smart Entry/Smart Start keyless access system, easy-to-use and customize dual touch screens, "tensionless" e-pretension front seatbelts, and available rain-sensing windshield wipers, among others.

The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is available in two grades: the feature-packed RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package and line-topping RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package, each delivering exceptional levels of technology-enhanced performance, comfort and convenience.

 

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