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Christopher Bruce2014-01-14 17:02:23

Acura TLX Will Get 2 New Transmissions and All-Wheel Steering

It will replace the TSX and TL in the Acura lineup

 
 
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The TLX replaces the TL and TSX

AcuraAcuraAcuraJapan, 1986 > present24 models
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unveiled the 2015 TLX PrototypeTLXAcura TLXJapan, 2015 > present5 photos
at the North American International Auto Show that is a thinly disguised concept of what the production version will look like when it goes on sale in the second half of 2014. The TLX completes Acura’s reinvention of its sedan lineup following the ILXILX Gen.1Acura ILX Gen.1Japan, 2012 > present12 versions
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and RLXRLXAcura RLXJapan, 2013 > present3 versions
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Acura says that the concept behind the TLX is for the car to be a "Red Carpet Athlete" meaning that it has the luxury to show up at a red carpet event but is still sporty and compelling to drive.

“This completely new model will offer innovative technologies that break down the barriers between the driver and the machine to deliver a more intuitive, connected and personal driving experience," Mike Accavitti, senior vice president at American Honda.

Compared to the TSXTSXAcura TSXJapan, 2003 > present2 series
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and TLTLAcura TLJapan, 1996 > present4 series
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, that the TLX will replace, it will be lower and wider with shorter front and rear overhangs and more accentuated fenders. Like the RLX, it gets Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights. The side mirrors have LED turn signals that are meant to echo the headlights.

The TLX is 3.8in shorter than the current TL but has the same 109.3in wheelbase. Acura says that the interior room will be roughly similar to the current TL.

Acura will offer the TLX with either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The other option is a 3.5-liter V6 with cylinder deactivation and a new nine-speed automatic transmission. It will be available with either front-wheel drive with four-wheel steering or all-wheel drive that will exclusively be offered with the V6.

The production TLX will be built in Marysville, Ohio.

Acura is also showing a version of the TLX that will race in the GT category of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship. Honda Performance Development created the racecar with a stiffened chassis and improved aerodynamics. A direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine with all-wheel drive will power it.

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