Acura has come out with a teaser of the new TLX before having it launched officially at the 2017 New York Auto Show. One of the spy photos reveal what seemed to look like the entry-level variant while the other one could be the sport or luxury version of the upcoming TLX model.
It does look like Acura is replacing its iconic grille design with Precision concept’s diamond pentagon signature grille. The image also reveals a performance-oriented A-spec version of the sedan which includes a meaner body kit, bigger set of wheels and dark accents.
According to a recent press release, Acura mentioned that the newly updated TLX will have the latest premium and enhanced technology features that will place it among the most well equipped and highly advanced vehicles in its class. So more likely it will have a new infotainment system with up-to-the-minute driver assist features.
Aside from the Acura Precison concept styling cues, the 2018 TLX will be having three distinct front-end designs. This is to ensure that each will be representing the different engines and trim levels that are available.
The Acura TLX is currently powered by a choice of two different powertrains. The base model features a 206hp, 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 8-speed dual clutch transmission. There is also the more powerful 290hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox that you can have with Acura’s all-wheel drive system.
Acura at this time hasn’t confirmed if there will be changes with the existing powertrains. In fact, there are also speculations that the 2018 TLX will share the same V6 hybrid powertrain with the MDX, Acura’s latest luxury SUV. Also, the 2017 MDX is the only “beakless” Acura to ever come out after all these years. And it does look like the TLX will have the same grille design just by closely observing the teaser image.
Prices are estimated to go around $32,950 for the entry level and $45,850 for the higher end model. Expect to shell out more cash for the rumored A-spec package as well as the TLX hybrid (if ever there is) and it should more or less come in two variants-- either a four cylinder or a V6 powertrain.
Nevertheless, it will only be a few weeks more until Acura will hold its official debut. Around that time, they will surely reveal more exciting details about the newly refreshed TLX.