Acura RLX Design Upgraded To Blend In

2018 Acura RLX refresh packs a new face and NSX DNA

2018 Acura RLX refresh packs a new face and NSX DNA

It's flanked with LED lights, and there are new LED taillights too, together with dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser.

Acura is proud to unveil the redesigned 2018 RLX, the brand's most sophisticated and best performing sedan ever.

The new body is sculpted into a distinguished design that exudes the presence of both luxury and performance that Acura is going for.

Starting at the front, the new RLX features a new pentagon grille inspired by the 2016 Precision Concept, flanked by redesigned Jewel Eye headlamps that better accentuate their shape.

NSX advancements also have trickled down into the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system in the RLX. Stay tuned for the official reveal, which is going to happen in Monterey next week, but the auto goes on sale in November. The RLX Sport Hybrid's powertrain has been mildly retuned and "optimized", yet output remains at 377 horsepower. The largest sedan in Acura's line-up, the RLX will now be offered in just two variations, cutting the number of options buyers need to consider.

If gas-only is your preference, there's a 310 horsepower 2018 RLX with Acura's all-wheel steering technology. Here, the 3.5 litre V6 is backed up by a hybrid drive system with technology taken directly from the award-winning NSX supercar. If you love cars with all-wheel drive, the Sport Hybrid will be your choice, but it still generates the same 377 horsepower as the a year ago model.

Fuel economy numbers and performance metrics for the 2018 Acura RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid are not yet released.

In addition to a high level of standard equipment (the Sport Hybrid includes premium Krell Audio, surround view camera, heated/ventilated front seats for starters), the RLX also benefits from the AcuraWatch suite of driver assists. Two Sport Hybrid SH-AWD models will be offered.

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).

Acura's 2018 RLX is meant to reflect the automotive brand's new design direction through the company's flagship sports sedan.

Like the current model, the AcuraWatch suite of safety tech is standard which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and other tech you'd expect to find in a vehicle in this class.

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