2014 Acura RLX to debut at the L.A. Auto Show

Acura RLX concept 04.4.2012
Acura RLX concept 04.4.2012

The long overdue RL replacement

Acura has announced plans to introduce the 2014 RLX at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Previewed by a concept earlier this year, the production model will feature conservative styling that was recently revealed in patent photos. Notable highlights will include "Jewel Eye" LED headlights and a toned-down version of the company's shield grille.

We can also expect a luxurious interior with a new AcuraLink communication system that offers "airbag deployment notification, stolen vehicle tracking, remote locking and unlocking, security alarm notification and concierge service."

On the safety front, the sedan will come equipped with a collision mitigation braking system and a lane keep assist system. There will also be front, side and side-curtain airbags for the driver and front passenger.

Under the hood, the front-wheel drive model will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS). We can also expect an all-wheel drive variant which could use a 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motors for a combined output in excess of 370 hp (276 kW / 375 PS).

Note: Acura RLX concept pictured

Source: Acura

Acura to Debut Flagship 2014 RLX Sedan at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

The production model of the all-new 2014 Acura RLX will debut on November 28, 2012, the first press day of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, it was announced today. The new Acura flagship sedan will employ an array of new technologies unique to Acura, including the Precision All Wheel SteerTM system, the next-generation AcuraLink® Communication System, and the all-new Jewel EyeTM LED headlamps to deliver an entirely new level of performance, sophistication and comfort.

The front-wheel-drive version of the 2014 RLX will utilize Acura's new Precision All Wheel SteerTM system. This system automatically makes slight adjustments to the relative rear wheel (toe) angles by utilizing electrically controlled actuators to deliver an extraordinary level of cornering control and steering precision. The front-wheel-drive RLX will come equipped with an all-new 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC® V-6 engine producing 310 horsepower (SAE net).

The RLX will feature the first application of the next-generation AcuraLink®, which incorporates built-in two-way cellular communication to deliver a variety of new convenience features, including airbag deployment notification, stolen vehicle tracking, remote locking and unlocking, security alarm notification and concierge service. Acura's exclusive Jewel EyeTM LED headlamps use a dual-stacked array of multiple high-intensity LED lamps, with ultra-reflective optical lenses and high-gloss trim, to provide powerful down-the-road illumination, while simultaneously giving the RLX a distinctive and bright-eyed look in both daytime and nighttime conditions.

The Acura RLX will offer an extensive array of passive and active safety features. These include a Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM and the first application of Acura's Lane Keep Assist System. In addition, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning will be offered as standard equipment on the RLX. Passive safety features will include front, side and side-curtain airbags for the driver and front passenger, and a driver's knee airbag. The RLX also incorporates the second generation of Acura's Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure, with reinforced front frame members for further enhanced frontal crash energy management. The RLX is expected to achieve a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA and the new TOP SAFETY PICK PLUS status from IIHS.

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DBaskov DBaskov
Well despite it looking boring, at least the grill doesn't look as hideous as it was/is on TL. Acura's design team really reached a benchmark in the most un-attractive front view of a car, and it looks like Lincoln is right there neck to neck trying to beat them out of it.
Sep 23rd, 2012 6:06am
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velsatis velsatis
7-series from the back and that ain't a compliment...
Sep 22nd, 2012 9:47pm
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xLumino xLumino
Lexus is currently more interesting then this design-language. Not bad at all, but nothing special, nothing new inspired... the last RL or Honda Legend was elegant and sportive, not to massive, but even an understatement-car
Sep 22nd, 2012 4:22pm
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DarkoInem DarkoInem
a nice car
Sep 22nd, 2012 3:48pm
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canadian canadian
look's like a Chrylser 200 from the back !! They really need a new team of designers !!
Sep 22nd, 2012 12:03am
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rcw rcw
And... I would buy this why???
Sep 22nd, 2012 12:00am
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ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
They continue to need a new design team with major inspiration.
Sep 21st, 2012 10:07pm
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wcfuser14875 wcfuser14875
WTF is going on with honda/Acura design language is horrible. It looks like out of Mad Max movie.
Sep 21st, 2012 9:54pm
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carsmofo carsmofo
those wheels.....
Sep 21st, 2012 9:26pm
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