Ever since the Acura Type S concept debuted a year ago, we’ve been eager to see how close the concept would be to the 2021 TLX. Well the good news is that the 2021 TLX is just as stunning as the concept.
Acura has unveiled the 2021 Acura TLX, which is now longer, wider and sleeker than its predecessor. The TLX now has a long sexy hood and sleeker roofline that is a vast improvement over the old TLX. Underneath that exterior, the TLX is based on a new dedicated Acura platform and if you think the new TLX does look bigger, you wouldn’t be wrong, since the it’s now 2.9-inches longer and 2.2-inches wider with a 3.7-inch longer wheelbase.
The new chassis also includes a double-wishbone front suspension and it also delivers a 50 percent increase in global torsional stiffness and up to a 100 percent improvement in localized rigidity where the suspension is mounted to the body.
Now for the exciting part. What’s under the hood? The old 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 are gone. In its place, the TLX now has two turbocharged engines for you to choose from. The TLX is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as the RDX, which generates 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft. of torque that’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The version we’re excited about is the TLX Type S, which is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. Acura hasn’t announced how much power the new V6 generates, but it says that it “delivers dramatic gains in peak horsepower and, more critically, in torque.” The old 3.5-liter V6 generated 290-hp and 267 lb-ft. Just like the four-cylinder the 3.0-liter V6 is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel drive is available on the standard TLX and it’s standard with the TLX Type S. Acura says that the 4th generation rear-biased Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD) has 40 percent more rear torque capacity and 30 percent quicker front-to-rear torque transfer than the 3rd-generation system. It also delivers 70 percent of engine torque to the rear during normal driving conditions, while distributing up to 100 percent of that torque between either the left and right rear wheels.
The TLX Type S also gets larger discs to improve its braking performance and four-piston Brembo front calipers.
Inside the 2021 TLX has an interior that’s inspired by the Acura Precision Cockpit and is designed around the theme of “Dual Personal Cockpit”. The interior features higher quality materials, like real aluminum, open-pore wood and full-grain Milano leather.
At the top of the dashboard there’s a 10.2-inch display that’s operated via a console mounted touchpad. There’s also a 7-inch display in the gauge cluster and an available 10.5-inch color head up display. For audiophiles there’s the available Acura ELS STUDIO 3D audio system with four ultra-slim Highline ceiling-mounted speakers and a new Twin Telford subwoofer.
To keep you safe, the 2021 TLX comes standard with the AcuraWatch suite driver assistance tech features, which includes new features, like Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Awareness Monitor and Traffic Jam Assist. The 2021 Acura TLX also gets a new front passenger airbag that functions like a baseball catcher’s mitt to more effectively cradle, and helping to protect the front seat occupant’s head in frontal collisions.
The 2021 Acura TLX will arrive this fall, but you’ll have to wait until spring 2021 to get the TLX Type S.