The Japanese Akura premium model lineup has been replenished with a restyled version of the Acura RLX flagship sedan, 2019-2020. Data on the novelty were published a few days before the premiere, which is to take place in the framework of the Monterey Automotive Week, which starts August 15 in California. The largest quadruple of the Acura line has survived its first full-fledged update since it began production in 2012. During the modernization, the car acquired a new exterior design, received several local improvements in the interior, acquired a more advanced version of the AcuraWatch, got hold of the new 10-speed automatic.
The start of sales of Acura RFL 2019-2020 in the US is scheduled for November of this year. The price of the sedan will be either 61 thousand dollars (a modification with a 3.5-liter “atmospheric”), or 66 thousand dollars (a hybrid version of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid). In Russia, the appearance of new items should not wait, because, firstly, the company Acura has long stopped supplying its products to our market, and, secondly, and before the departure of the RLX specifically, we were not delivered.
The new look of Acura RLX
The updated flagship of Acura, following the example of its “colleague” TLX, has changed its appearance in accordance with the new design concept of Precision Crafted Performance. Its main “chip” is a spectacular pentagonal radiator grille with a chrome frame and a grid in the form of “diamond” placers. Also, the new Acura RLX can be recognized by a different configuration of the headlights (of course, LED), a completely redesigned bumper with two bright boomerangs on the sides and a corrected hood relief.
Photo of Acura in the body of 2019-2020
In the stern part of the car of the audit, lanterns were changed, which changed the shape and received a different, more interesting, graphic drawing. Designers and a rear bumper did not spare attention – here there were new trapezoidal branch pipes of an exhaust system and the black insert simulating a diffuser.
Design of novelty stern
By tradition, restyling has not been without the expansion of the range of body colors and assortment of wheel disks. In the palette of enamels, three shades were added, including Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl.
Complete the model
Substantially reshaping the exterior, the developers almost did not touch the interior. All innovations were reduced to installing more comfortable seats, improving the quality of materials and adding a new version of the Espresso finish. But some progress has occurred in the complete sets. If the pre-reform machine was offered in two levels of equipment, then restyling will be available in only one version, but stuffed to the eyeballs. The list of equipment will include heating of both rows of seats, electric drive and ventilation of the front seats, a camera, Krell Audio premium acoustics, remote engine start, multimedia with two large color screens. By default, the saloon has a leather trim with wooden inserts on the tunnel, door cards, front panel.
Responsibility for the safety of passengers in the new edition of the model will be partly taken up by the advanced AcuraWatch system, which included the automatic piloting system on the loaded Traffic Jam Assist roads. She supplemented the already existing set of assistants, which included:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System;
- Lane Departure Warning;
- Preservation of the sequence of motion (Lane Keeping Assist);
- Preventing collisions (Forward Collision Warning);
- Prevention of departure from the road (Road Departure Mitigation);
- Adaptive cruise control.
These systems in their work are guided by data from the camera and radar.
Specifications Acura RLX new model 2019-2020 year
The updated Japanese premium sedan will go on sale in two versions. The basic version is equipped with a 3.5-liter petrol V6 engine with 310 hp output. and 369 Nm. Now he works in conjunction with a 10-step “automatic”, which replaced the former 6-step. The appearance of a new transmission should help improve dynamics and reduce fuel consumption. The pulling force of the RLX with the petrol “six” is directed to the front axle, whereas the rear one is equipped with electric actuators turning the wheels.
Sport Hybrid version
The hybrid version of the four-door Acura is powered by a power plant based on the same 3.5 V6 unit. In addition there are three electric motors – one is aggregated with a preselective robot 7 DCT and helps to rotate the front wheels, the other two independently transmit traction to each of the rear wheels. The total power of the hybrid system is 382 hp, the torque – 462 Nm. The drive Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is declared as complete, although it is not a classic SH-AWD with the usual layout.
It is worth noting that the engineers of Akura worked on the settings of the binary version, changing the algorithm for controlling electric motors. The correction was made taking into account the developments received at the launch of the sports car Acura NSX . In theory, the new chassis calibration should improve the driving characteristics of the car.