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Acura News: Are You The Acura RLX?

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

June 25, 2012

“Patent Filing” really doesn’t scream excitement or surprise usually, except when it reveals what a certain vehicle could look like. Car & Driver uncovered some images of is purported to be the new Acura RLX. And, we’re kind of hoping this isn’t the production model.

The images show the RLX getting a new front end that is very reminiscent of the current TL and ILX. The side and back is a choose-your-own design book, ranging from a a Lexus GS to a Chevrolet Cruze.

We’ll find out if the images turn out to be the production model sometime later this year.

Source: Car & Driver

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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:puke:

This is pathetic, fire the designers who have no freakin idea how to build design language.

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seriously just buy a Hyundai Azera!

Better yet, buy a LaCrosse or an CTS XTS instead.

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seriously just buy a Hyundai Azera!

Better yet, buy a LaCrosse or an CTS XTS instead.

I agree buy a solid American Built car before Korean.

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SNORE. Acura used to be Legendary... now they stand for nothing but mediocrity.

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SNORE. Acura used to be Legendary... now they stand for nothing but mediocrity.

How to go pear-shaped thanks to complacency, Acura edition.

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SNORE. Acura used to be Legendary... now they stand for nothing but mediocrity.

How to go pear-shaped thanks to complacency, Acura edition.

So they are all fruity at Honda and Acura then! ;)

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I would say that the Integra was legendary, but I really do not think the rest of the lineup lived up to what it was supposed to be. While I like the pre-beak styling, there was always somthing I liked more in the segments it is in.

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I liked the Integra, but also the Legend coupes and sedans were nice, for Hondas. Also, I did like the RSX. And the NSX was one of the few Japanese classics, imo.

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      78,300
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      61,856
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      478,353
      542,679
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              Acura Division
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      3,862
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      40,370
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      69,069
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      60,220
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      541,060
      521,069
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      8,849
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      78,300
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      6,276
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      45,962
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      115.1%
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      6,174
      17.6%
      22.3%
      98,064
      44,905
      117.4%
      118.4%
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      94
      102
      -11.4%
      -7.8%
      823
      1,057
      -22.5%
      -22.1%
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      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              Honda Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              Acura Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
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      129,776
      120,842
      3.3%
      7.4%
      1,117,477
      1,108,653
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      0.8%
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      27,204
      5.3%
      9.5%
      250,802
      258,619
      -3.4%
      -3.0%
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      35,452
      28,184
      20.9%
      25.8%
      284,380
      283,783
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      0.2%
                CLARITY
      66
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      532
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
                CR-Z
      27
      165
      -84.3%
      -83.6%
      651
      1,864
      -65.2%
      -65.1%
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      4,073
      5,068
      -22.7%
      -19.6%
      40,049
      43,255
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      1
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      3
      63
      -95.3%
      -95.2%
                                          CROSSTOUR
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      5
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      5
      725
      -99.3%
      -99.3%
              * CR-V
      30,956
      31,884
      -6.6%
      -2.9%
      280,933
      263,493
      6.2%
      6.6%
                HR-V
      8,024
      6,853
      12.6%
      17.1%
      74,034
      58,270
      26.5%
      27.1%
                ODYSSEY
      8,310
      8,954
      -10.8%
      -7.2%
      75,309
      94,835
      -20.9%
      -20.6%
                PILOT
      10,295
      9,206
      7.5%
      11.8%
      84,203
      90,999
      -7.9%
      -7.5%
                RIDGELINE
      2,784
      3,318
      -19.3%
      -16.1%
      26,576
      12,747
      107.6%
      108.5%
                                        ***
      Memo: Accord FHEV
      2,278
      1,160
      88.8%
      96.4%
      17,430
      2,880
      502.6%
      505.2%
                Memo: Civic Hybrid
      2
      38
      -94.9%
      -94.7%
      60
      855
      -93.0%
      -93.0%
          Acura Division Total
      12,946
      12,813
      -2.8%
      1.0%
      114,126
      119,727
      -5.1%
      -4.7%
                ILX
      1,222
      916
      28.3%
      33.4%
      9,073
      11,747
      -23.1%
      -22.8%
                NSX
      26
      38
      -34.2%
      -31.6%
      355
      83
      325.9%
      327.7%
                RLX / RL
      94
      102
      -11.4%
      -7.8%
      823
      1,053
      -22.2%
      -21.8%
                TLX
      2,543
      2,908
      -15.9%
      -12.6%
      26,513
      28,540
      -7.5%
      -7.1%
                TSX
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      4
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
                                          MDX
      5,368
      4,930
      4.7%
      8.9%
      38,182
      39,578
      -3.9%
      -3.5%
                RDX
      3,693
      3,919
      -9.4%
      -5.8%
      39,180
      38,722
      0.7%
      1.2%
                                        ***
      Memo: ILX Hybrid
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      1
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
                Memo: RLX Hybrid
      18
      24
      -27.9%
      -25.0%
      161
      158
      1.5%
      1.9%
                Memo: MDX Hybrid
      239
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      1,075
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
          Selling Days
      26
      25
          230
      229
                **** Hybrid
      2,590
      1,426
      74.6%
      81.6%
      19,735
      5,904
      232.8%
      234.3%
                *    Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
          **   Daily Selling Rate
          ***  Memo line items are included in the respective model total
          **** Hybrid includes FHEV, PHEV, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Insight, ILX Hybrid, RLX Hybrid, RLX Sport Hybrid, MDX Sport Hybrid and NSX
         
    • By William Maley
      Acura has pulled the curtain back on the refreshed 2018 RLX sedan. Your first thought might be along the lines of, "that's still a thing?"
      We can't blame you for this train of thought. Acura only sold 1,478 RLXs last year. To give you some perspective, 46,740 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models were sold in this same period. Despite this, Acura is still planning to soldier on the RLX. 
      The most obvious change for the RLX is the new front end. Acura's "diamond pentagon" grille is here, along with the jewel eye headlights and a new sculpted hood. The back also sees some changes with new LED taillights and a gloss black rear diffuser. The interior doesn't see many changes aside from new materials and reshaped front seats.
      Acura will offer two variants of the RLX. The RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) uses a 3.5L V6 with 310 horsepower and a new 10-speed automatic. One step above is the RLX  Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) which takes the V6 and pairs it up with three electric motors to produce a combined output of 377 horsepower. 
      For safety, the 2018 RLX comes with the AcuraWatch suite of technologies including automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Exclusive to AcuraWatch is Traffic Jam Assist which uses the adaptive cruise control and Low Speed Follow systems to keep the vehicle moving at a set distance in congested traffic, 
      “This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager in a statement.
      The 2018 RLX will make its official debut next week during Monterey Automotive Week in California.
      Source: Acura
      Press Release is on Page 2


      Acura Reveals Striking New Design for 2018 Acura RLX; Debut Set for Monterey Automotive Week

      Aug 10, 2017 - TORRANCE, Calif.
      2018 Acura RLX adopts new Acura design direction including signature diamond pentagon grille Supercar inspired 377-horsepower RLX Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ has been further optimized based on NSX learnings Standard AcuraWatch™ enhanced with Traffic Jam Assist, an Acura first Acura today unveiled a redesigned 2018 Acura RLX reflecting the brand’s new Precision Crafted Performance design direction to create a more substantial presence for Acura’s top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan. The 2018 Acura RLX will make its public debut during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19 on the Monterey peninsula. The new RLX incorporates design cues to showcase its performance capabilities, including Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille, a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, bold, newly designed LED taillights, dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser.
      The 2018 Acura RLX is the most sophisticated and best performing Acura sedan ever, with Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™) technology, shared with the NSX supercar, that creates a powerful and precise driving experience unmatched in the segment. Acura has simplified the RLX trim structure to make the brand’s innovative Sport Hybrid technology more desirable and accessible streamlining the offering to two well-equipped variants. The new 2018 Acura RLX will go on sale in November.
      The 377 total system horsepowersup1 RLX Sport Hybrid seamlessly integrates a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ for instant acceleration, precise handling, outstanding all-weather performance and excellent fuel economy. Based on developments from the NSX, the RLX Sport Hybrid powertrain and dynamic handling has been further optimized.  
      The 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ is now mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT) delivering a more refined driving experience, as well as improved acceleration and passing times.
      “This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.
      Standard features on the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid include premium Krell Audio System, Surround View Camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel and more.
      The 2018 RLX features the unique AcuraWatch™ suite of technologies, as standard equipment, and has been enhanced with the addition of Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist helps reduce driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle in its lane and a set interval behind a car detected ahead.
      AcuraWatch™ also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision.
      The 2018 Acura RLX is complimented by three new exterior colors including two premium paint offerings – Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl. Inside, the 2018 Acura RLX receives upgraded materials and touchpoints including a completely redesigned seat featuring high-contrast piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option, which adds sophistication to an interior with class-leading space and comfort.  
      The 2018 Acura RLX will be featured at multiple events throughout Monterey Automotive Week including the Carmel-By-The Sea Concours on the Avenue on Tuesday, August 15 and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 18.

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    • By William Maley
      Acura has pulled the curtain back on the refreshed 2018 RLX sedan. Your first thought might be along the lines of, "that's still a thing?"
      We can't blame you for this train of thought. Acura only sold 1,478 RLXs last year. To give you some perspective, 46,740 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models were sold in this same period. Despite this, Acura is still planning to soldier on the RLX. 
      The most obvious change for the RLX is the new front end. Acura's "diamond pentagon" grille is here, along with the jewel eye headlights and a new sculpted hood. The back also sees some changes with new LED taillights and a gloss black rear diffuser. The interior doesn't see many changes aside from new materials and reshaped front seats.
      Acura will offer two variants of the RLX. The RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) uses a 3.5L V6 with 310 horsepower and a new 10-speed automatic. One step above is the RLX  Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) which takes the V6 and pairs it up with three electric motors to produce a combined output of 377 horsepower. 
      For safety, the 2018 RLX comes with the AcuraWatch suite of technologies including automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Exclusive to AcuraWatch is Traffic Jam Assist which uses the adaptive cruise control and Low Speed Follow systems to keep the vehicle moving at a set distance in congested traffic, 
      “This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager in a statement.
      The 2018 RLX will make its official debut next week during Monterey Automotive Week in California.
      Source: Acura
      Press Release is on Page 2


      Acura Reveals Striking New Design for 2018 Acura RLX; Debut Set for Monterey Automotive Week

      Aug 10, 2017 - TORRANCE, Calif.
      2018 Acura RLX adopts new Acura design direction including signature diamond pentagon grille Supercar inspired 377-horsepower RLX Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ has been further optimized based on NSX learnings Standard AcuraWatch™ enhanced with Traffic Jam Assist, an Acura first Acura today unveiled a redesigned 2018 Acura RLX reflecting the brand’s new Precision Crafted Performance design direction to create a more substantial presence for Acura’s top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan. The 2018 Acura RLX will make its public debut during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19 on the Monterey peninsula. The new RLX incorporates design cues to showcase its performance capabilities, including Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille, a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, bold, newly designed LED taillights, dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser.
      The 2018 Acura RLX is the most sophisticated and best performing Acura sedan ever, with Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™) technology, shared with the NSX supercar, that creates a powerful and precise driving experience unmatched in the segment. Acura has simplified the RLX trim structure to make the brand’s innovative Sport Hybrid technology more desirable and accessible streamlining the offering to two well-equipped variants. The new 2018 Acura RLX will go on sale in November.
      The 377 total system horsepowersup1 RLX Sport Hybrid seamlessly integrates a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ for instant acceleration, precise handling, outstanding all-weather performance and excellent fuel economy. Based on developments from the NSX, the RLX Sport Hybrid powertrain and dynamic handling has been further optimized.  
      The 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ is now mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT) delivering a more refined driving experience, as well as improved acceleration and passing times.
      “This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.
      Standard features on the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid include premium Krell Audio System, Surround View Camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel and more.
      The 2018 RLX features the unique AcuraWatch™ suite of technologies, as standard equipment, and has been enhanced with the addition of Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist helps reduce driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle in its lane and a set interval behind a car detected ahead.
      AcuraWatch™ also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision.
      The 2018 Acura RLX is complimented by three new exterior colors including two premium paint offerings – Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl. Inside, the 2018 Acura RLX receives upgraded materials and touchpoints including a completely redesigned seat featuring high-contrast piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option, which adds sophistication to an interior with class-leading space and comfort.  
      The 2018 Acura RLX will be featured at multiple events throughout Monterey Automotive Week including the Carmel-By-The Sea Concours on the Avenue on Tuesday, August 15 and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 18.
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