Acura is getting ready to replace the RL sedan in its current lineup and today its given us a preview of its new flagship sedan with the Acura RLX concept. The RLX concept is pretty close to the RLX that will launch at the beginning of 2013.
Acura is officially changing the name of the RL to the RLX. The RLX concept builds on Acura’s “Keen Edge” design motif, a design theme that is also used on the new 2013 ILX. Dimensionally, the RLX Concept is approximately the same length as the current RL, but with a two-inch longer wheelbase and two-inch shorter front overhang. Both the track and vehicle width increase by approximately two inches. The RLX concept also debuts Acura’s new JewelEye LED headlights.
The Acura signature Jewel Eye headlights use a dual-stacked array with a total of ten separate high-intensity LED lamps, with ultra-reflective optical lenses and high-gloss trim, to provide powerful down-the-road illumination.
As expected the RLX concept is powered by Acura’s new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system. It features a 3.5L direct-injected V6 engine with three electric motors that combine to put out more than 370 horsepower. The system that is similar to what will be used in the upcoming new Acura NSX is also mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and Acura’s Sport-Hybrid SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive) system. Acura estimates that the hybrid will have an EPA estimated rating of 30/30 mpg.
A non-hybrid RLX will also be offered, which will be powered by a 310-horsepower V6 that sends its power to the front wheels. Front-wheel-drive versions of the RLX will get Acura’s all-new Precision All Wheel Steer system. This system provides for independent control of the steering (toe) angle of the right and left rear wheels by utilizing electrically controlled actuators.
In keeping with the ‘human-centered synergy’ focus of Acura, the RLX will feature state-of-the-art communications, navigation and infotainment technologies with intuitive and easy-to-operate controls. Dual LCD screens (8-inch display and 7-inch touch screen) will provide easy and direct one-touch access to key functions — including audio, heating and cooling, navigation and voice-to-text SMS text message function.