At this year’s Detroit auto show, Acura showed off a prototype of the 2015 Acura TLX, a midsize sport-luxury sedan that will combine the previous TL and TSX models into one nameplate. Now, the automaker confirmed the production Acura TLX will make its official debut at the 2014 New York auto show in April before going on sale later this year.
The standard car should look nearly identical to the prototype TLX (pictured), with its typical Acura “shield” grille design, jeweled LED headlights, and slightly slab-sided profile. The overall look closely mimics the larger Acura RLX sedan, and Acura is emphasizing that the TLX completes the brand’s new three-sedan lineup comprised of the compact ILX, midsize TLX, and large RLX.
The 2015 Acura TLX will also be a showcase for new powertrain technology from Acura. Standard for the TLX is a 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine that pairs with a new Acura-developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The larger 3.5-liter V-6 engine will mate with a nine-speed automatic transmission and is also available with Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system. Front-wheel-drive models are also equipped with the same Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) technology found on the Acura RLX.
As expected, the 2015 Acura TLX will be available with a full suite of active safety technologies, including forward collision warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a blind spot monitor. Although the prototype TLX in Detroit did not have an interior, we expect to see the same dual-screen infotainment setup as found on many other Acura and Honda models.
Stay tuned for more news about the 2015 Acura TLX including power numbers, fuel economy, and pricing as it nears its debut in New York.