2014 Acura RLX will be presented at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on September 24, 2012

The production version of the Acura RLX will be presented at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept vehicle was first seen at the 2012 New York Auto Show. A direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine will power the RLX, producing about 370 hp. It is coupled with Honda’s SH-AWD system that features three different electric motors.

One of the motors works together with the V6 engine as a conventional hybrid drive, while the rear wheels are powered by the two other motors. With the two electric motors, the power can be shifted from left to right in the rear to assist the car in rotating. This setup will be coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that enables the RLX have fuel economy ratings of about 30 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The RLX has a combined 30 mpg rating. A non hybrid setup will be available as well. It can deliver around 310 hp. The RLX has an 8-inch display screen and a seven-inch touch screen that makes use of the newest AcuraLink system with features like stolen vehicle tracking.

Compared to the former RL model, the 2014 RLX has bigger outside dimensions such as its rear and front track, wheelbase and width. The wheelbase is two inches wider than the RL, measuring at 112.2 inches, thus improving ride quality and giving more room for passengers. With a width of 74.4 inches, the Acura RLX is also 1.7 inches wider than the RL car.

Posterior lateral stiffness and dynamic and static rigidity are improved significantly. 55% of the body of the RLX is made of strong steel, thus increasing rigidity and stiffness without adding weight. Its high-strength hot-stamped steel is also utilized in important areas for an improved safety collision operation, facilitating the achievement of higher scores in roof strength, side impact and narrow offset tests. Using aluminum body parts also reduces 76.1 lbs in contrast to the common all-steel build.

Jewel Eye Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlights are also featured in the 2014 Acura RLX. This technology offers impressive distribution of light and exceptional down-the-road lighting performance. The innovative RLX LED taillights also use periphery illumination that is highly effective and distinctive.


The RLX comes with the P-AWS also known as the Precision All-Wheel Steer system. This feature monitors and consistently calculates the right value of toe angle rear-wheel steering that is compatible with the road conditions. The P-AWS gains the distinction as the first control system in the industry to utilize an all-electric system in maximizing good driving dynamics.

Press Release

Acura to Debut Flagship 2014 RLX Sedan at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

The production model of the all-new 2014 Acura RLX will debut on November 28, 2012, the first press day of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, it was announced today. The new Acura flagship sedan will employ an array of new technologies unique to Acura, including the Precision All Wheel Steer™ system, the next-generation AcuraLink® Communication System, and the all-new Jewel Eye™ LED headlamps to deliver an entirely new level of performance, sophistication and comfort.

The front-wheel-drive version of the 2014 RLX will utilize Acura’s new Precision All Wheel Steer™ system. This system automatically makes slight adjustments to the relative rear wheel (toe) angles by utilizing electrically controlled actuators to deliver an extraordinary level of cornering control and steering precision. The front-wheel-drive RLX will come equipped with an all-new 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC® V-6 engine producing 310 horsepower (SAE net).

The RLX will feature the first application of the next-generation AcuraLink®, which incorporates built-in two-way cellular communication to deliver a variety of new convenience features, including airbag deployment notification, stolen vehicle tracking, remote locking and unlocking, security alarm notification and concierge service. Acura’s exclusive Jewel Eye™ LED headlamps use a dual-stacked array of multiple high-intensity LED lamps, with ultra-reflective optical lenses and high-gloss trim, to provide powerful down-the-road illumination, while simultaneously giving the RLX a distinctive and bright-eyed look in both daytime and nighttime conditions.

The Acura RLX will offer an extensive array of passive and active safety features. These include a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and the first application of Acura’s Lane Keep Assist System.  In addition, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning will be offered as standard equipment on the RLX. Passive safety features will include front, side and side-curtain airbags for the driver and front passenger, and a driver’s knee airbag. The RLX also incorporates the second generation of Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, with reinforced front frame members for further enhanced frontal crash energy management. The RLX is expected to achieve a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA and the new TOP SAFETY PICK PLUS status from IIHS. 

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