Acura will unveil its 2015 Acura TLX luxury sport sedan at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The TLX will be slotted below the RLX and above the ILX in Acura's lineup. Acura is banking on the new sports sedan to revive its slumping sales in the United States, where it dropped 10 percent in 2013 and fell 21 percent year-to-date.
Acura unveiled the TLX prototype at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The TLX will be powered by either a 200-hp 2.4-liter four cylinder or a 310hp 3.5-liter V-6. The four-cylinder engine will be mated with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox while the V-6 will be paired to a to nine-speed automatic transmission. Both powerplants will be available in two- and four-wheel drive.
All versions will feature Acura's P-AWS (Precision All-Wheel Steer) system, with the V-6 models getting SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive) that boasts of being 25 percent lighter than the previous system.
The 2015 Acura TLX boasts of safety features like collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist system as well as adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and blind spot indicator.
According to Acura, the TLX "was designed to deliver vault-like quietness in all driving conditions, with major improvements in noise reduction through enhancements to body stiffness, body sealing and sound insulation, and the application of electronic active noise control." Acura will start selling the 2015 TLX this summer.
In developing the new TLX, there were times when the goals appeared to go against one another. To reach the objective, engineers at Acura needed to come up with an all new design for the body. Further, the engineers also made us of cutting-edge materials like aluminum, magnesium, and ultra-high-strength steels. This would result in weight savings, collision performance, and rigidity.
Aside from the powertrains, the chassis is new as well. Then there are the precision-handling technologies. All of these are covered with a new exterior design that shows purposeful character lines, dynamically sculpted fender arches, and the tight body surfaces. Helping emphasize the athletic qualities are the sport-sedan proportions which have been made more compact.
Thus unlike the 2014 TL, the overall length of the new 2015 TLX is shorter by 3.7 inches. However the wheelbase remains the same with the front-to-rear tandem passenger-seating distance also retained. The overhangs were shortened as well. Its front is shorter by 1.1 inches with the rear overhangs shortened by 2.7 inches versus the outgoing TL.
Fitted as standard on all the models are the brand’s very own signature LED Jewel Eye headlights. With this, the new TLX is able to have that bright-eyed and cutting-edge appearance and at the same time create exceptional illumination down-the-road. This LED lighting theme can be seen and continued on the license plate illumination and taillights, both of which use LED.
The theme is also in the LED-accented side mirrors. On the inside, the rear seatbacks allow for a 60/40 split to offer better flexibility in terms of carrying cargo. The trunk itself has a new design which shows a fully flat cargo floor, lower lift-over height, a deeper and wider opening. Acura will be offering for this new model a pair of new underfloor storage compartments as an option.
In designing the body, it was important that it would be able to support the twin goals as put across the development theme dubbed as “Red Carpet Athlete.” Customers therefore can expect to experience a luxury appeal that is increased as well as enhancements in cabin quietness, styling refinement, and ride comfort. It also comes with an exciting and sporty performance while ensuring that fuel economy remains on top of the class and delivers exceptional crash safety ratings.