The folks over at Motor Trend just caught this 2013 Acura RLX test vehicle, which definitely shows a few elements of the concept car revealed at the 2012 New York auto show. The obvious giveaway is the test mule’s power plenum grille, Acura’s signature design feature.
It also appears that the full LED headlights of the concept will make it to production, which is just one feature Acura’s flagship will have to distinguish itself from lesser models. The photos reveal a more conventional set of rims compared to the pinwheel-style wheels featured on the concept car. The side profile view also reveals hints of the concept car’s interesting character line that dramatically drops from the front fender to the front door. Also evident is the BMW-like Hofmeister kink at the rear quarter window. The back end is heavily camouflaged, but there’s a good chance the production version will look similar to the concept car, including the taillights with the fiber-optic accents.
Unlike the current RL, the RLX will be offered with two powertrains. First is a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system that combines a 3.5-liter, direct-injected V-6 and two electric motors at the rear wheels for a total output of 370 hp. The second is a simpler front-drive layout powered by a 310-hp engine. Inside, the RLX will be loaded with tech goodies, including two LCD screens – one used as a display and one touch screen to control audio, navigation, and climate controls.