2018 Acura TLX officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on April 17, 2017

Acura, a Japanese based company founded 31 years ago, has been building luxurious and high performance cars. Many share the opinion that the brand has been attempting a balance between luxury and output and not really succeeding every time. At times, it may seem ambiguous where the company wants to focus.

Out with the old, and in with the new. At the recent 2017 New York Auto Show, Acura unveiled the 2018 TLX, just the second car after the MDX to adopt the “Precision Crafted Performance Design”. This model actually made its debut in a private event days before its official launch at the auto show.

The premium sedan comes with a more functional dashboard software similar to the recent Honda Accord. Apart from the having a quicker response, the new TLX is equipped with a dual screen new interface that includes a seven-inch central touchscreen, instead of the confusing design that the old model had. The software is also compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and AcuraWatch.

As a standard, Acura makes sure to include automated braking with forward collision warning system and lane departure warning and prevention. It also comes with sensors that support adaptive cruise control.

2018 TLX is a good alternative to the premium set including the Audi A4, Lexus IS, and the Cadillac ATS. As of today, there has been no word yet on the price tag of this model. But we do know that the model will be in showrooms by the end of the year.

Exterior Design

The new look of the premium sedan includes a “diamond pentagon grille” on its face as it loses its “shield” or some may even call it “beak”. This design was initially used in the Acura Precision concept a year ago, along with the new MDX SUV.

However, this model retains the standard LED headlights for its unique night-time look. The overall design gives the new Acura TLX a more aggressive yet modern appearance. Acura hopes to capture the younger market with this model, specifically the millennials.

Around the pentagon grille, you will find round LED fog lights. A rear diffuser with round dual-exhaust tips on both sides will be available, as well as a gloss black decklid spoiler. The A-Spec trim comes with an exclusive set of 19-inch wheels and larger tires.

Powertrain

Acura offers the same engine options as the first generation TLX. The base model uses Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve technology with its 2.4 liter four cylinder engine, producing 206 horsepower and 182 pound feet of torque giving power to the front wheel drive.

On the other hand, higher models will get a 3.5 liter V6, also with direct injection and i-VTEC, giving 290 horsepower and 267 pound feet of torque. Furthermore, there are rumors that a 3.0 liter will be offered, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Press Release

2018 Acura TLX Makes World Debut with Aggressive, Sporty Design, and New Technology Features

Acura has unveiled a refreshed and significantly enhanced 2018 TLX performance luxury sedan, delivering the brand's Precision Crafted Performance design direction to its core sedan. The all-new TLX A-Spec takes the sedan's design in an even more emotional direction, further broadening the brand's appeal to younger buyers. The Acura TLX also will be one of the most technologically advanced and well-equipped vehicles in the segment with new technology features including Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and AcuraWatch™ standard on all grades. The 2018 TLX is slated to go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide in June.

The 2018 TLX boasts a more aggressive and sporty look inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that debuted last year, a design direction that has successfully influenced the styling of the 2017 MDX luxury SUV. Acura's signature diamond pentagon grille, paired with changes to the sedan's stance, proportion, wheels and sheet metal boosts its presence on the road.

"We've really upped the ante in terms of styling, emotion and road presence, more effectively communicating the TLX's dynamic capabilities," said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager.

The 2018 TLX design illustrates its three variants with distinct characteristics. The 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline-4 cylinder TLX receives a sporty new front fascia featuring the diamond pentagon grille, a new bumper, more sculpted hood, fenders, redesigned Jewel Eye™ headlight design with LED turn signal and a new standard 17-inch wheel and tire package.

The V6 TLX models add an aggressive, refreshed rear fascia with exposed, rectangular dual-exhaust finishers, rear diffuser and standard 18-inch wheels. The V6 TLX with Technology Package adds a new chrome side sill garnish, all-new seats with contrast piping and stitching, and a power-operated thigh extension on the driver's seat. The Advance Package gains additional technology including trapezoidal LED fog lights, Surround View Camera system, built-in wireless charging pad, white LED ambient light piping in 10 locations throughout the cabin, a heated steering wheel and heated rear outboard seats, a body-colored decklid spoiler, and power-folding side mirrors.

Acura's acclaimed torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive® (SH-AWD™), the best handling all-wheel drive system in the industry, is available for the first time on all V6 TLX models, previously available only with V6 models equipped with Technology or Advance Packages

New TLX A-Spec

Reflecting Acura's Precision Crafted Performance DNA, the new TLX V6 A-Spec is available in two-wheel drive and SH-AWD™ configurations, adding character and performance inside and out. An exclusive front fascia, round LED fog lights, aggressive side sills, rear diffuser accented by large, round dual-exhaust finishers and gloss black decklid spoiler creates an even bolder character. Exclusive, dark finish 19-inch wheels paired with wide 245-series tires complement a sport-tuned suspension with more aggressive damper settings and retuned electric power steering for a sharper, more precise handling experience. TLX A-Spec models with SH-AWD also receive a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar for improved body control. Gloss black trim and A-Spec badging on the rear decklid, fenders, side sill garnish and steering wheel completes the look.

On the inside, a host of sport-oriented refinements and premium features include exclusive leather seats with increased bolstering, red driver's meter highlights, brushed aluminum-look interior trim, and a thick-rimmed sport steering wheel. Two A-Spec exclusive interior color choices are offered: Red leather or Black leather with Alcantara™ seat and door inserts. Premium enhancements borrowed from the top trim Advance Package include wireless charging pad, ventilated front seats and red LED ambient light piping (white on the Advance Package).

Technology Enhancements

The 2018 TLX is the first Acura to feature a refreshed dual-screen user On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD 2.0) interface that supports Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Sirius XM 2.0. New software improves the system response time and offers more intuitive menus and command structures for a seamless and quicker user experience – approximately 30 percent faster. An enhanced 7-inch touchscreen has a capacitive display that is more responsive to the touch and is positioned within easy reach of the driver and front passenger.

With its unique AcuraWatch™ suite of technologies, the 2018 Acura TLX is the only vehicle in its class with standard crash avoidance and active driving-assistive features. AcuraWatch™ includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision. With Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist, AcuraWatch can significantly decrease the driver's workload during freeway cruising by maintaining a set speed and following interval, initiating both braking and throttle inputs, and adding steering input to help the driver maintain their position in the detected lane.

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