Back in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Acura unveiled the TLX prototype but today, the Japanese carmaker unveiled the production version of the 2015 Acura TLX at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Looking almost identical to the prototype version, the 2015 Acura TLX promises to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sport-sedan athleticism and premium luxury refinement.
Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) is offered on the two-wheel-drive TLX models. This new system was integrated into the fundamental chassis design from the earlier shags of development and allows engineers to take full advantage of its independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance handling precision, maneuverability and stability.
Furthermore, the TLX SH-AWD features a new hydraulically controlled version of Acura's acclaimed torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
The new 2015 TLX reveals a stance that is both wide and low. This model also has those tight body surfaces, an agile exterior shape, and proportions that can be described as “just right” for a sports sedan. Defining that athletic quality even further are the overhangs on both the front and the rear being made shorter. Then there are the purposeful character lines and the fender arches that have been dynamically sculpted.
The hood has been sculpted as well and by adding in those sharply creased bilateral ridgelines, provides a clue as to what performance capabilities the highly innovative Acura powertrains is hiding. Looking at the greenhouse, it is both airy and open, and with those slim A-pillars, gives commanding sight lines and thus enhances visibility. The body of the 2015 TLX is both rigid and lightweight.
These are the twin foundations of why the TLX can deliver when it comes to safety performance, handling, and comfort. The light weight body is made possible through cutting-edge engineering and combined with the use of body components made of aluminum, magnesium, and high-strength steel.
For rigidity, this is enhanced with precise engineering, particularly by optimizing the fitting points’ key component, making it as much as 25% stiffer, and resulting in superior bending stiffness.
Compared to the previous TL, the new model has the torsional rigidity of the unit-body structure improved by 21%. As mentioned, the dimensions of the body can be described as “just right.” This is due to the careful balance of design, refinement and quietness, excellent room on the interior and aerodynamic efficiency.
Unlike the previous TL, the wheelbase of the new TLX is the same at 109.3 inches. However with overall length measuring 190.3 inches, it is shorter by 3.8 inches. This puts it in the middle of the flagship RLX sedan and the entry-luxury sedan ILX, which is smaller.
Even with a compact footprint on the exterior, the space on the interior is almost the same as that of the TLX. Comparing it to its rivals, like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS, BMW 3-Series, and Audi A4, the new TLX is clearly longer. It is even wider compared to its direct competitors that include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Lexus ES and GS.