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.