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News Reporter 11-28-2012 05:30 PM

2014 Acura RLX replaces SH-AWD with P-AWS
 
Filed under: LA Auto Show, Sedan, Acura, Luxury

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After teasing us with the thinly veiled concept earlier this year, Acura has officially taken the wraps off its all-new flagship sedan, the 2014 Acura RLX. Aside from its huge step forward in terms of styling and luxury, the new RLX could very well be the most advanced Acura model ever.

While the previous RL could have been one of the blandest luxury sedans of its time, the RLX builds on stylish cues introduced this year on the ILX and RDX. One of the car's signature elements is its jewel-eyed LED headlights that could end up rivaling Audi for the most distinctive in the business. The rear view of the car isn't as unique as the front, but no less attractive with LED taillights that have a slight BMW vibe and odd, chrome-ringed reflectors at the bottom of the fascia. The interior is exactly what we've come to expect from Acura with its dual-brow instrument panel and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel.

On the technology front, the RLX debuts driving features such as Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS), Adaptive Cruise Control with a low-speed follow feature and Agile Handling Assist while the interior gets a high-end Krell audio system, cloud-based AcuraLink and a multi-angle back camera. P-AWS allows the RLX actively and independently adjust the angle of the rear wheels for better agility and braking. Acura ended up cutting almost 275 pounds from the RLX's curb weight (compared to the RL) thanks to the use of high-strength steel and aluminum.

The 2014 RLX uses a 310-horsepower, direct-injected V6 to power the front wheels through a six-speed automatic, and it will go on sale in the spring; the 370-hp RLX hybrid goes on sale later next year.

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awoc 11-28-2012 08:01 PM

This is crazy news! I am a big fan of the AWS.

Jeremiah 11-28-2012 10:24 PM

That thing is sleek... It's like a big beautiful battlestar...

No where near owning one in the future, but wouldn't mind driving one for rental while tsx is in shop...

whatsanacura 11-28-2012 10:40 PM

definitely a good car from Acura, the AWD version should be a beast

dbl-htch 11-28-2012 10:57 PM

ahhh, (class-leading) technology, efficiency, value... welcome back Honda! :king:
Here's hoping the magic Honda formula can also return to their "lesser" cars, like the Civic, ILX, Fit, etc sometime soon... :mardi:

aNgRyAgEnT 11-28-2012 11:20 PM

I said it in that other thread and I'll say it again in this one, that car is ugly. Initial attraction is procured by beauty and that car is lacking. I think that is part of the problem with Acura's sales numbers in the last few years is the cars don't look near as good as they used to. The grills gotta go..

YellowLobster 11-29-2012 02:49 AM

Technology might be cutting edge, but the thing looks like an overblown ILX/last gen camry! Remember the good old days with the TSX, RSX, the last good looking TL? Acura hasn't had their shit together in almost a decade, they are really falling behind every other automaker, let alone the luxury makes they pretend to be competing with.

peterscrib 12-04-2012 12:35 AM

look at those dual brake calipers! =D interested.. and i'm with awoc I LOVE aws.

It was super awesome in the old preludes, cant imagine what they could do with a 4wd aws =D

too bad i probably cant afford this car.. =(


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