Acura has unveiled the 2018 Acura RLX, reflecting the brand’s new Precision Crafted Performance design direction to create a more substantial presence for Acura’s top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan.
The 2018 Acura RLX will make its public debut during Monterey Automotive Week, Aug. 15-19 on the Monterey peninsula.
The new RLX incorporates design cues to showcase its performance capabilities, including Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille, a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, bold LED taillights, dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser.
“The 2018 Acura RLX is the most sophisticated and best-performing Acura sedan ever, with Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD ) technology, shared with the NSX supercar, that creates a powerful and precise driving experience unmatched in the segment,” the company said in an announcement.
Acura has simplified the RLX trim structure to make the brand’s innovative Sport Hybrid technology more desirable and accessible, the release added, streamlining the offering to two well-equipped variants. The new 2018 Acura RLX will go on sale in November.
The 377 total system horsepower RLX Sport Hybrid seamlessly integrates a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive for acceleration, handling, all-weather performance and fuel economy.
Based on developments from the NSX, the RLX Sport Hybrid powertrain and dynamic handling has been further optimized.
The 310-hp RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer is now mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT) delivering a more refined driving experience, as well as improved acceleration and passing times.
“This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.
Standard features on the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid include premium Krell Audio System, Surround View Camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel, and more.
The 2018 RLX features the unique AcuraWatch suite of technologies as standard equipment, and has been enhanced with the addition of Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist helps reduce driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle in its lane and a set interval behind a car detected ahead.
AcuraWatch also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision.