Acura RLX: Powering Ahead, Sans Beak


The RLX's hood also has been reshaped, and its rear end gets new LED taillights and a black lower diffuser with two large exhaust tips.

The 2018 Acura RLX will make its public debut during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19 on the Monterey peninsula, and will be available to purchase in November.

Acura has been giving their models a design upgrade and the next to get the upgrade will be the 2018 Acura RLX.

Hoping to reverse those lagging fortunes, the 2018 iteration of the RLX updates the exterior design, replacing the metal beak grille with the "diamond pentagon" grille shared with the recently updated MDX and TLX.

The RLX Sport Hybrid sits atop the Acura sedan range. The RLX Sport Hybrid packs a bit of NSX DNA to go along with the new family face. Acura says the new transmission is more refined than the outgoing unit and results in improved acceleration and better passing performance. For the RLX Sport Hybrid, it's a 377-hp (281-kW) total system that comes from a direct-injected V6 engine and three electric motors (one in front, two in the rear).

Acura RLX: Powering Ahead, Sans Beak

Acura is also offering a suite of technology options for the 2018 RLX. The base (nonhybrid) RLX now comes standard with Acura's Technology package, and the Sport Hybrid comes standard with the Advance package.

All-wheel drive versions of the non-hybrid, 310 horsepower RLX have done away with the twin-clutch 7-speed automatic and a new 10-speed has taken its place. New contrast seat piping and stitching and a new available Espresso interior color round out the interior changes.

Standard features include a Krell audio system, surround view camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. Working together with the adaptive cruise control with Low Follow, the Traffic Jam Assist helps in keeping the vehicle in its lane and a set interval behind the auto ahead in highly congested traffic situations.

AcuraWatch also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). In addition, there is Traffic Jam Assist which will help you out when you are driving in slow-speed situations.

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