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.