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Acura revealed a TLX prototype earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, and now it is ready to debut the version that will come to market in the coming months.
The new Acura TLX essentially replaces both the outdated Acura TL and the current TSX. This new midsize luxury sedan will feature two new powertrains: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed dual clutch transmission and a 3.5-liter V-6 with an advanced nine-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder achieves up to 24/35 mpg city/highway, while the V-6 hits 21/34 mpg city/highway. Along with impressive fuel economy, the TLX is also expected to achieve greater refinement. New enhancements to the body are set to reduce road noise, according to Acura. The car is also expected to offer a wide array of new technologies to enhance drive feel and interior comfort. But don't expect all the chrome and fancy touches we saw on the prototype in January.
Who It's For
The 2015 Acura TLX may end up being a relative unknown in a popular segment. It competes against the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, and perhaps more directly, the Infiniti Q50. There is nothing particularly flashy about this model compared to previous iterations, but buyers can expect it to offer a great amount of interior comfort judging from recent introductions from Acura. Buyers focusing on reliability, high resale value, and a comfortable interior will likely find that the Acura TLX a good match. Also, new steering technology promises excellent handling for drivers looking for a relatively responsive driving experience.
Here is what to look for on the 2015 Acura TLX:
- Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer with independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control for better handling
- Active Noise Control for a quieter ride
- Driver assistance technologies including collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping system, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and blind spot monitor
What We Think
We don't think Acura strayed too far from its traditional formula on the new TLX. With just a few new exterior touches, the TLX continues its sedate look. While this may drive away some buyers, others will likely enjoy the car for its interior comfort and reliability. If this Acura is anything like the new RLX we drove, it will offer engaging handling and a solid ride. We will have to wait and get our hands on the TLX before we can make our final call.
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