2018 Acura RLX sports sedan is scheduled to come out in U.S. showrooms on November 7. The lineup only consists of two models, both featuring a new simplified style.
The lower trim would be the RLX P-AWS which has a $54,900 price tag, including an extra $965 destination charge. The flagship RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, on the other hand, starts at $61,900, minus the destination fee. If you remember the price of the outgoing model, the latter actually costs $4,050 less than the current model with the Advance Package.
For the 2018 model year, customers could get the sports sedan in two new colour options including the Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl, both of which are new hues for the RLX. In the cabin are redesigned Milano leather seats, which are finished in a rich Espresso hue, and matched with high-contrast piping and stitching. A black headliner is also available.
When looking at it from the outside, the facelifted 2018 Acura RLX now has a more sculpted hood, new sets of wheels, and even newly designed LED taillights, as well as exposed dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser.
As for technology, both the RLX P-AWS and RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will come standard with features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and of course, Lane Departure Warning.
When it comes to the mechanical bits, the RLX P-AWS comes with a 3.5 liter V6 that carries out 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission that is rated at 20/29 mpg. The more powerful RLX Sport Hybrid model, on the other hand, has a V6 and three electric motors. It packs as much as 377 horsepower and 341 pound-feet of torque, giving power to all four wheels. This one is rated at 28/29 miles per gallon.
The more expensive trim, or the Sport Hybrid model, includes a head-up display, premium Krell Audio System with 14 speakers, Surround View Camera, parking sensors on both the front and the rear, LED fog light, and remote engine start. Front seats are heated and ventilated, while the rear ones are heated. Of course, the driver’s steering wheel is also going to be heated.
Before the facelift, not a lot of people noticed the Acura’s flagship sedan, and hopefully, it gets a lot more attention this time. Besides, it is quite a competent model with a number of cool features, and now, it sports a cooler and sportier look. Which of the two models would you cop?