Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
January 27, 2012
Acura has confirmed that the next generation RL will be shown at April’s New York Auto Show. The RL will stick with a V6, but gains a hybrid component and direct injection. The RL also gains an optional all-wheel drive system known as Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which is similar as the system shown on Acura NSX Concept in Detroit.
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD uses the V6 hybrid to power the front wheels and two electric motors in the rear, individually powering each wheel. Sport Hybrid SH-AWD takes the current RL’s AWD mechanical setup and transforms it into an electronic system. Mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the promise is provide the power of a V8 while returning the fuel economy of a 4-cylinder.
Acura says the next generation RL will essentially share dimensions with the current RL, but will grow in the interior. Styling will share cues from the new ILX, with a more rear-drive design and large rear fenders.
More details will be revealed when the RL is shown in April.
Source: Auto Guide