Acura officially announced that the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype performance luxury sedan will make its world debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The new concept car will replace the outgoing TL model (as we said here) and will feature more emotional styling with tidier, sports sedan proportions wrapped around two all-new advanced powertrains.
According to Acura, the 2015 TLX is designed to appeal to current and next-generation luxury sports sedan buyers including the existing TL and TSX customers. As a result, Acura will end sales of the TSX model in 2014 and will clarify its sedan lineup with a clear hierarchy of three distinct models: the entry level ILX, mid-sized TLX and the flagship RLX performance sedan.
As we said, the 2015 TLX will offer two all-new high-performance and highly fuel-efficient direct-injected engines, each using an all-new advanced transmission, along with available two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.
Acura said that the TLX Prototype was designed at its Design Studio found in Los Angeles, while the production model is being developed by Acura engineers at the company's Ohio R&D center. The TLX will be produced at the Marysville, Ohio auto plant1, home to the current Acura TL.
Proportionally, the TLX Prototype foretells the production 2015 TLX car and is 3.8 inches shorter in total length (190.2 inches) than the present TL, yet rides on the same 109.3 inch elongated wheelbase from the TL. The model's right-sized dimensions put the all-new TLX neatly in between the tinier ILX and bigger RLX sedans. In spite of its more compact exterior footprint, the TLX design focuses on the most extensive interior in the midsize luxury car class - generally keeping pace with the present TL - with an open and airy greenhouse, domineering sight lines, adequate cargo limit and comfortable with seating for five occupants.
Like any genuine world-class athlete, the TLX will mix power and productivity with deft agility. With its low and broad position, unbending yet lightweight body, and agile and responsive chassis, the TLX is built to convey confident, exact and polished ride and handling performance in any driving condition. From low-stress urban drives to enjoyable long-distance cruising, or adrenaline-inducing runs down twisting country roads, the TLX is built to be an instinctive and confidence-inspiring driving partner, a car that embodies Acura's dynamic philosophy of "performance at the will of the driver."
The TLX Prototype likewise conveys the various range of cutting-edge innovations and performance options that will be available to Acura TLX clients – which include two-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations; two high-performance, highly fuel-proficient new engines; two new ingenious transmissions; and the cutting-edge Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) dynamic capabilities and handling innovations.