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.