The Honda-owned manufacturer follows up Detroit concept with definitive version of its US-market midsize saloon
18 April 2014

The definitive production version of the Acura TLX has been revealed at the New York motor show. A near-production concept of the Japanese saloon was shown off at the Detroit motor show at the start of this year.

Two engines are offered in the TLX, both naturally aspirated and petrol. The 2.4-litre inline-four develops 206bhp and puts its power to the front wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a torque converter.

The 3.5-litre V6 has 290bhp and is hitched to a conventional nine-speed automatic. Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system is optional on the V6 and the technology is said to be 25 per cent lighter compared to previous versions.

All TLX models receive standard four-wheel steering, coined Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) by Acura. The system was launched on their flagship RLX saloon last year. The trick setup of P-AWS is the ability for each rear wheel to be independently controlled. P-AWS is said to only add 5kg of weight to the car.

The Honda-owned brand said it has worked hard to make the TLX quiet and solid. It features improvements in body structure and utilises electronic active noise control.

The TLX features a large array of safety technologies including collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and a blind spot indicator system.

The TLX is Acura’s midsize luxury offering. It sits above the compact ILX and below the larger RLX. The TLX will replace both the TSX and TL when it goes on sale in the USA later this year.

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16 April 2014
Given that the TSX is pretty much the same as the European Accord, this presumably is the car we would get if Honda decide to replace the Accord over here. It looks far too good to be a European Honda though.

16 April 2014
I guess this could be the next UK Honda Accord, if they decide to continue to sell it here.

17 April 2014
I think it's very unlikely we'll see this in the UK as an Accord replacement as:

a) It is bigger than the Accord (which is why the TSX didn't sell well in the States) and the Accord struggles to sell as not enough people want a large car here unless it has a German badge on it

b) It's designed for and built in the US for the US market - not sure if it meets European regs.

However... it is good to see Honda coming up with some new technology at last with the 8 and 9 speed transmissions.

18 April 2014
I think you'll find the white car is the very large RLX (Honda Legend eqivalent) with the TLX (Accord equivalent) half-hidden behind it. The rest of the pictures are, indeed, of the TLX. The little ILX is a Civic in posh drag I believe. If any of them came here I am sure they would be a roaring success of the scale of, say, Infiniti.

18 April 2014
pathfinder wrote:

I think you'll find the white car is the very large RLX (Honda Legend eqivalent) with the TLX (Accord equivalent) half-hidden behind it. The rest of the pictures are, indeed, of the TLX. The little ILX is a Civic in posh drag I believe. If any of them came here I am sure they would be a roaring success of the scale of, say, Infiniti.

Well spotted. The RLX is a 5-Series sized car whose lineage can be traced back to once being a rebadged Honda Legend.

18 April 2014
The TLX is based on the current 9th generation North American Accord and replaces the TL (based on the 8th gen North American Accord) and the TSX (a rebadged European version of the 8th gen Accord which we still currently get). The current North American Accord is the same width as the one we get and is only 5 inches longer, making it almost identical in length to the Mondeo, Insignia and Mazda 6. So, in terms of size, there's little reason why the TLX could not be the 9th generation Euro Accord. And the fact that the TLX's styling is an evolution of our Accord and features some styling cues introduced by the current Euro Civic suggest that the TLX is our next Accord.

18 April 2014
"an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a torque converter"
Office intern in charge over Easter?

marineboy

18 April 2014
marineboy wrote:

"an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a torque converter"
Office intern in charge over Easter?

It's actually correct, it has a torque convertor to allow smooth getaways by engaging first gear smoothly which DCTs struggle at, and DCT on other shifts :

"The engine is mated to an all-new 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter, the world’s first DCT to be paired with a torque converter on a production vehicle. The DCT, with its closely spaced ratios, ultra-quick shifts and automatic rev-matching downshifts, gives the 2.4-liter TLX an aggressively sporting yet refined feel. The torque converter provides exceptionally smooth operation in stop-and-go situations, plus it offers off-the-line torque multiplication for substantially improved initial acceleration that a conventional DCT cannot match. The new transmission also features Sequential SportShift. "

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