Acura - 2018 RLX Reveal

Yolanda Curtis
August 11, 2017

New wheels, redesigned tail lights and a stylized rear diffusor, as well as two new colour options round out most of the exterior tweaks. Also unique the front-wheel drive RLX is Acura's adorably-named Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS). The output in this instance is unchanged at 310 hp and 369 Nm, but drive is now relayed to the front wheels via a new 10-speed automatic transmission that displaces the previous six-speed unit. The base (nonhybrid) RLX now comes standard with Acura's Technology package, and the Sport Hybrid comes standard with the Advance package. Acura says that the 2018 RLX models will become available in North America in November of 2017. Powertrains remain the same, but refreshed styling and the removal of the controversial "beak" grille may help bring in some new blood to Acura dealers.

"This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle", Acura vice president and general manager, Jon Ikeda, said in a statement.

Acura has been giving their models a design upgrade and the next to get the upgrade will be the 2018 Acura RLX. Both models use a 3.5-liter direct-injected V6, though the Sport Hybrid backs that up with three electric motors.

Speaking of which, the new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD shares hybrid and AWD tech with the NSX.

The Acura RLX debuted during the 2014 model year as the spiritual successor to the brand's beloved Legend sedan.

AcuraWatch is available and includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation.

Like the current model, the AcuraWatch suite of safety tech is standard which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and other tech you'd expect to find in a auto in this class.

In addition to a high level of standard equipment (the Sport Hybrid includes premium Krell Audio, surround view camera, heated/ventilated front seats for starters), the RLX also benefits from the AcuraWatch suite of driver assists.

Look for more photos and pricing later this year.

The new Acura RLX will make its debut in the flesh at Monterey Automotive Week August 15-19. For comparison's sake, though, a 2017 RLX starts at $54,450, with the hybrid coming in at $59,950.

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