Acura’s A-Spec package will finally be made available to more buyers, according to the automaker. In particular, the 2019 Acura TLX sedan will now offer the appearance treatment for models powered by the base 2.4 liter inline-four engine. Up until now, it had only been the TLX with the V6 engine that could be dressed up in A Spec garb. Due to high customer demand for this, Acura decided to expand its availability.
In other words, it will be more affordable to get your hands on an A-Spec car, now that it is being offered with the TLX’s four cylinder engine. Pricing starts at $39,400 before destination costs for the four cylinder A spec, versus $43,765 for the V6 version.
What’s included in the 2019 Acura TLX with the A-Spec trim, will be a set of special 19-inch wheels, a unique front fascia with larger intakes, a matte black grille, tinted taillights, a gloss black trunk spoiler, and a couple of visual add ons. Inside the cabin are now sports seats, red LED ambient lighting, red trimmed instruments, brushed aluminum trim, and a steering wheel with a thicker rim.
Under the hood of the TLX is a 2.4 liter engine that carries out 206 horsepower and 182 pound feet of torque. This is then paired with an eight speed dual clutch transmission, and is only available as a front wheel drive with rear wheel steering.
There’s is also a 3.5 liter V6 that offers 290 horsepower and 267 pound feet. This, on the other hand, is paired to a nine speed automatic, and can be had in either a front wheel or an all wheel drive. The AWD gets Acura’s Super Handling torque vectoring system, known as SH-AWD. Unlike most A-Spec variants, the said model will be getting a quicker steering ratio, stiffer springs, and a new rear anti-roll bar. Overall, the purpose of this is to give it a sportier handling.
When comparing the 2019 TLX to the outgoing model, it basically is like a redesigned version of the 2018 model year. The V6 Technology and Advance trim levels will be getting a new 19 inch wheel design, and customers can now opt for a new Platinum White Pearl option in the paint palette. As far as we know, pricing has not been changed as well. The TLX 2.4L still has a price tag of $33,000, while the V6 SH-AWD with Advance Package is still pegged at $45,950, before destination charges and options.
Acura’s long term goal is to develop A-spec versions of all its models. In fact, we saw A-Spec versions of the 2019 RDX and MDX three row crossover at the recent 2018 New York Auto Show.