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2015 Acura TLX Prototype Debut

The Acura TL evolves to better compete with sportier models in the midsize luxury car segment.

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What's New

Replacing the mild-mannered TL, the Acura TLX features bolder styling and more athletic performance than its predecessor. The all-new concept model will embody Honda and Acura's new dedication to cars that inspire emotion, a plan it hopes will help lure in more buyers by the time a production version comes. The automaker also promises advanced technologies and a roomy cabin on par with the TL.

The all-new TLX will likely adopt many of the behaviors and features available on the larger RLX, including, possibly, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive or Precision All-Wheel Steer. Inspired by the RLX, the TLX is expected to receive more power under the hood to maintain its stance in a competitive market.

Who It's For

The current TL has failed to make a lasting impression in a segment dominated by BMW 3 Series cars and Audi A4s, no matter how inspired its driving behavior and value-packed it may be. This is evidenced by its lackluster sales, which are down almost 30 percent through the first 11 months of the year. It is also expected that Acura will discontinue the value-minded TSX for the 2014 model year in order to streamline its lineup with three distinct sedan offerings. This situation would put all the pressure on the all-new TLX to fill two roles at once.

The 2015 Acura TLX will appeal to luxury buyers looking for sporty, but not high-performance, driving. It is clear the TLX isn't the boldest or flashiest car in its segment, but some buyers will be drawn to its focus on comfort and sedate luxury.

Key Features

  • Two engine options: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with an eight-speed automatic transmission, 3.5-liter V-6 engine with nine-speed automatic transmission.
  • Jewel eye LED headlights .
  • Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer, which allows independent control of left and right wheels

What We Think

Lately, we've had positive things to say about Acura's new offerings, particularly the new RLX Sport Hybrid. If the TLX goes in this performance-oriented direction, it may reap benefits for Acura. However, we have a hard time seeing how it will compete with better-established rivals, unless it provides a unique set of technologies.

Still, we are looking forward to test driving the car to see how it stacks up. In the meantime, it is too early to tell.

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