Acura's Flagship RLX Spied In The Desert

By Blake Z. Rong | June 15, 2012
Acura showed us the RLX at the New York Auto Show, and in true Honda fashion, the production version won't be too far of a stretch. The 2013 Acura RLX was snapped in the Arizona desert alongside the Honda Accord sedan and coupe, and it turns out--it looks completely different! Just kidding. That's probably the swirl camouflage talking. So far, a glance at the front end shows us that the lower bumper cutouts have been simplified, compared to the thin, wide strips on the concept. On the side, the swoosh behind the front wheels is either toned down or heavily disguised—on a conventionally-styled sedan such as this, it's the only design flourish the RLX has going for it. And we have no reason to believe that the taillights will be changed as well. The RLX will be Acura's four-wheel-drive flagship with a hybrid drivetrain producing somewhere around 370-horsepower, replacing the RL which is both long-toothed and long in the tooth. Acura says it will be set to debut sometime next year.