2018 Acura RLX has been given a facelift

Article by Christian A., on August 13, 2017

The 2018 Acura RLX will be unveiled in Monterey next week, but the company has already shared more photos and details of the new sedan. With its new look, the company hopes that sales of the full-size four-door will speed up.

At first glance, the lines will remind you of the Precision Concept combined with the refreshed TLX. As I have mentioned earlier, most upgrades on the 2018 model year would be based on the sedan’s look, as it has been made more aggressive compared to its predecessor. It has a completely new front fascia, with the brand’s diamond pentagon grille up on the center, with a sculpted hood. Moving on to the rear of the RLX, there are now a pair of LED tail lights with dual exhaust tips that have been positioned lower, paired with a shiny black rear diffuser. The new upgrades indicate that the Acura is serious about giving the car more attitude.

By looking at the exterior changes, you would think that Acura has given the RLX a performance upgrade under its hood, but you are wrong. The 2018 model still has the same 3.5 liter V6 that can produce 310 horsepower, giving power to the front wheels through the 10-speed automatic gearbox. Though there isn’t an engine upgrade, the RLX now features all-wheel steering with the extra cogs. This means that there still is some improvement when it comes to acceleration and passing times.

For customers who prefer an all-wheel drive, this is available with the Sport Hybrid trim, again with the same output as its predecessor - a 377 horsepower V6 engine that works with a pair of electric motors.

Not having many changes under the hood, the Acura RLX gets several interior upgrades instead. For instance, the interior is dressed with upgraded material, while it will be given a new set of seats. As for technology, the AcuraWatch suite includes safety features like auto braking, lane departure warnings, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Alongside that will be the Traffic Jam Assist function that will ensure that the RLX is at a safe distance between other cars when traffic is slow. Even though the 2018 model has functions like these, Acura refuses to say that it is an autonomous vehicle.

Last year was not a very good year for Acura in terms of sales. They only delivered 1,500 RLX models throughout 2016. This is the main reason for the facelift, to hope that sales will be better for 2018. As mentioned earlier, the refreshed RLX will make its debut in Monterey next week, and will be out in dealerships by November.

Press Release

Acura Reveals Striking New Design for 2018 Acura RLX

Acura today unveiled a redesigned 2018 Acura RLX reflecting the brand’s new Precision Crafted Performance design direction to create a more substantial presence for Acura’s top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan. The 2018 Acura RLX will make its public debut during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19 on the Monterey peninsula. The new RLX incorporates design cues to showcase its performance capabilities, including Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille, a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, bold, newly designed LED taillights, dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser.

The 2018 Acura RLX is the most sophisticated and best performing Acura sedan ever, with Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™) technology, shared with the NSX supercar, that creates a powerful and precise driving experience unmatched in the segment. Acura has simplified the RLX trim structure to make the brand’s innovative Sport Hybrid technology more desirable and accessible streamlining the offering to two well-equipped variants. The new 2018 Acura RLX will go on sale in November.

The 377 total system horsepowersup1 RLX Sport Hybrid seamlessly integrates a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ for instant acceleration, precise handling, outstanding all-weather performance and excellent fuel economy. Based on developments from the NSX, the RLX Sport Hybrid powertrain and dynamic handling has been further optimized.

The 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ is now mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT) delivering a more refined driving experience, as well as improved acceleration and passing times.

“This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.

Standard features on the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid include premium Krell Audio System, Surround View Camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel and more.

The 2018 RLX features the unique AcuraWatch™ suite of technologies, as standard equipment, and has been enhanced with the addition of Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist helps reduce driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle in its lane and a set interval behind a car detected ahead.

AcuraWatch™ also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision.

The 2018 Acura RLX is complimented by three new exterior colors including two premium paint offerings – Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl. Inside, the 2018 Acura RLX receives upgraded materials and touchpoints including a completely redesigned seat featuring high-contrast piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option, which adds sophistication to an interior with class-leading space and comfort.

The 2018 Acura RLX will be featured at multiple events throughout Monterey Automotive Week including the Carmel-By-The Sea Concours on the Avenue on Tuesday, August 15 and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 18.

Source: Acura

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