LA Auto Show: Acura introduces the RLX flaghip sedan

Article by Christian A., on November 28, 2012

First unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show as a concept, the 2014 Acura RLX became official today at the 2012 LA Auto Show. As expected this is company’s new flagship sedan and its main rival will be the Lexus LS, which was also updated earlier this year. The new 2014 Acura RLX introduces the first-ever application of the Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer. What does this mean? Well, the Precision All-Wheel Steeler (P-AWS) is world’s first technology that features independent and continuous control of the left and right rear-wheel steering (toe) angles to achieve new levels of handling agility, high- and low-speed maneuverability.

Regarding the design, the 2014 RLX follows an "aero-fused" exterior design motif and features the distinctive Jewel-Eye LED headlights that offer improved down-the-road illumination. Additional features include acoustic glass windshield and door glass, integrated power rear sunshade, front and rear parking sensors, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The exterior design is completed by the 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-weather tires. As an option, 19-inch wheels are available. Inside, the RLX features premium, soft touch materials throughout, with the tasteful application of premium metal and wood-grain accents.

A stitched leather instrument panel, center console and steering wheel, along with available Milano perforated leather seats, communicate a new level of craftsmanship and refined luxury appeal in Acura's top-of-the-line sedan. The interior also shows a new center console featuring dual screens: an 8-inch Navigation screen and a 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display touch screen.

Powertrain

The 2014 Acura RLX comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque.

According to the press release, the engine is bolted to a reengineered Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission with revised gearing, an intuitive selector and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. A Sport mode is also available and the RLX becomes a beast with more aggressive shift points and more pronounced engine braking during deceleration, along with manual operation.

The 2014 Acura RLX is expected to deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/31/24 mpg (city/highway/combined). Later in 2013, the RLX will receive Acura’s new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) technology, producing 370 horsepower with expected fuel economy ratings of 30 city/30 highway/30 combined.

Press Release

Acura Debuts 2014 RLX Sedan at 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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