2014 Acura RLX debuts in Los Angeles [videos]

Goes on sale next spring

Acura's previous flagship never really caught on with buyers, so the company is taking a new approach by unveiling the 2014 RLX in Los Angeles.

Described as the "most powerful, spacious and technologically advanced Acura sedan ever," the RLX has conservative styling with a prominent grille, distinctive "Jewel-Eye" LED headlights and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The model also features acoustic glass, rain-sensing windshield wipers and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

While the exterior isn't terribly exciting, the cabin has a sporty and luxurious feel as it comes nicely equipped with leather seats, metallic accents and two large LCD displays: an 8-inch Navigation screen and a 7-inch "On-Demand Multi-Use Display" which mercifully eliminates the insane number of buttons that Acura used on the RL. Other highlights include a power tilt / telescoping steering column, a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control and 10-speaker ELS audio system with HD radio, XM radio, Pandora, USB connectivity and an auxiliary input jack.

At launch, the model will be available exclusively with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is rated at 310 bhp (231 kW) and 272 lb-ft (368 Nm) of torque. Thanks to Variable Cylinder Management - which deactivates three-cylinders when they aren't needed - and a six-speed automatic transmission, the model is expected to have a best-in-class fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city / 31 mpg highway / 24 mpg combined (US).

To ensure the car is nimbler than its size suggests, the RLX has been equipped with a Precision All-Wheel Steer system that independently and continuously controls the left and right rear-wheel steering angles for unparalleled handling, agility and maneuverability.

The Acura RLX will go on sale in the spring of 2013 and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Source: Acura

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DarkoInem DarkoInem
Such a nice car, better than audi and bmw, quality made
Dec 4th, 2012 5:30pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Hey Accura! You got Bangled! 10 years after all the other relevant players.
Nov 30th, 2012 5:45am
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DBaskov DBaskov
I agree with the rest, this is Acura's flagship right now. And if they want to car to sell for the a premium price, then they gotta give the car all round premium treatment. That means the car's exterior design has to look a bit better than Honda Accord.
Nov 30th, 2012 12:34am
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RobERob RobERob
May have to trade in the TL for this. Like what I see thus far. A bit too conservative perhaps but nothing unexpected from Honda.
Nov 29th, 2012 3:17pm
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
Why not just trade the TL for the older MY08 TL Type-S because honestly (and this is my opinion!) the TL Type-S was a step in the right direction for Acura, it was the last great car they made before spiralling into this shamefull inferiority complex. What a disappointment this RLX is, for a company that has so much potential to do a whole lot better..
Nov 29th, 2012 6:39pm
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ertahaz_hossain ertahaz_hossain
I like the LED headlamps though ;)
Nov 29th, 2012 11:39am
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TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
i think somebody at acura just time-travelled from 2006, and launched their new model in the wrong decade.. this is something worthy of 10 years ago, not 2014
Nov 29th, 2012 11:25am
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cargogh cargogh
This could be absolutely anything for all I know or care anymore. I'll be able to recognize the hideous grill as Acura, but from the rear it could be any of 15 new cars. I hope we have witnessed the zenith of this styling era. I thought 1990 was bad for having look-alike cars but this is worse-and 23 years later, I prefer them. And the Impala and Avalon aren't even mixed in yet. Thank you Cadillac for making your marque recognizable in a good way.
Nov 29th, 2012 4:40am
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So true! My next car will probably be a Cadillac, before they manage to spoil their unique lines for the Chinese market.
Nov 29th, 2012 7:14am
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MatthewKeys MatthewKeys
i could crap out a better design
Nov 29th, 2012 3:56am
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