In April 2012, at the Auto Show in New York, the company introduced the concept of his Acura flagship sedan RLX, which replaces the model RL. And at the motor show in Los Angeles in November debut the production version of new items.
Appearance of the car is framed in the current company style, named after the “Keen Edge”, and which is already used on a compact sedan, ILX and RDX crossover new generation, presented earlier this year in Detroit.
As expected, compared to the concept, design serial sedan virtually unchanged. The only exceptions are a little reissued bumper and grille, as well as reduced diameter wheels.
In comparison with the RL, the new 2014 Acura RLX had stretched by 51 mm wheelbase, but exactly the same amount was reduced front overhang. Thus, the total length of the sedan remained the same.
The interior models with high-quality materials, including leather and wood, and the interior design as a whole was very similar to the new Honda Accord 9 generation. However, unlike the latter, on the center console instead of buttons located Acura’s large 8-inch screen of the navigation system.
The base engine for the became a 3.5-liter gasoline engine V6 with direct fuel injection and cylinder shutdown system of the Variable Cylinder Management. The unit develops 310 hp and peak torque of 272 Nm, which is transmitted to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic SportShift.
In addition, the new Acura RLX is the first vehicle in the automaker’s lineup received a hybrid powerplant Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which combines a 3.5-liter V6 VTEC gasoline direct injection, the 7-speed transmission with two clutches and three electric motors.
The total return of such installation is 370 hp and average fuel consumption in the combined cycle – 7.8 liters per hundred kilometers. Sales trends in the United States began in the spring of 2014, but a modification of the hybrid sedan appeared later. Information about the price of the flagship sedan from Acura yet.