Future Models - Acura 2017 TLX
New York show: Acura updates TLX luxury sedan
In Accordance: While sharing similar styling cues to its Honda Accord cousin, the Acura TLX is built specifically for the North American market at an assembly plant in Marysville, Ohio.
Facelifted Acura TLX sedan checks-in with new sports-orientated variant
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13 April 2017
HONDA’S luxury sub-division Acura has uncovered its facelifted TLX premium
sedan at this year’s New York motor show overnight, revealing a new sporty
variant and an all-wheel-drive option for all V6-equipped versions.
Loosely related to the Accord sedan, Acura’s TLX range now wears a diamond
pentagon grille borrowed from the 2017 MDX SUV, and also sports chrome accents
along the foglight casings and side window surrounds.
A sculpted bonnet and new headlight designs complete the front end overhaul,
while higher-grade variants also gain a rear diffuser and larger diameter
wheels as standard.
Power comes from either a 2.4-litre i-VTEC inline four-cylinder or 3.5-litre
V6, both mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission sending power to the
front wheels or, in the case of the six-cylinder version, the option of
New to the 2018 model range however is the TLX A-Spec, a V6-powered version
designed as a sporting variant in the mid-size sedan range.
All A-Spec versions net a sports bodykit all round, circular exhaust outlets,
19-inch wheels, sports-tuned suspension with a stiffer damper setting and a
retuned electric power steering system, while V6-powered A-Specs also gain
stiffer spring rates and a thicker rear stabiliser bar for improved body
Inside, A-Spec variants receive more bolstering in the leather seats, red
driving meters, a thicker steering wheel and a brushed aluminium-like interior
The rest of the TLX range will receive an updated entertainment and information
system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and software which,
according to Acura, “improves the system response time and offers more
intuitive menus and command structures for a seamless and quicker user
experience – approximately 30 per cent faster”.
Also available on the new TLX is AcuraWatch, the brand’s suite of safety
technologies which includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision
warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.