New 2018 Acura TLX: A class of its own

The venerable Japanese manufacturer the ‘Honda Motor Company’ launched the Acura banner for the North American market way back in the 1980s. In time, the brand became a byword for luxury and high performance all over the world. The Acura also holds the unique distinction of being the first Japanese automotive luxury brand.  In time, Honda’s Acura has gone though many changes to ensure that it’s at the cutting edge of both style as well as technology. The all-new 2018 Acura TLX is, by all accounts, a more powerful and luxurious version of the iconic Honda Accord (arguably one of the most popular cars in the world) but was rebranded as the Acura.

For its upcoming 2018 Acura TLX model, Honda has quite a few surprises prepared. Despite the fact that the company is quite tight lipped about the vehicle, some sneak picture reviews have managed to find their way to the internet.

An easily spotted external change include the fact that Acura has dispensed their trademark silver shield and have gone for a mash grille on the front with a centered emblem; no doubt ,this look seems to have been appropriated from the justly venerated Acura Precision concept. While the vehicle itself was heavily camouflaged, it was still easy to discern that the comparatively smaller jewel eye LEDs have been ditched in favor of a larger more powerful lighting system and the same appears to be the case for its backlights as well. A vital necessity, keeping in mind that the original narrow LED lights would quite simply not be able to ‘gel’ with the original logo.

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2018 Acura TLX Engine Options:

Not much is known about either the engine or the powertrain. Nevertheless,  the market is rife  with speculation that the vehicle would continue to use the highly successful 2400 cc (2.4 liter) 4 cylinder engine that comes as standard in most Acuras, right  along with the 3500 cc (3.5 liter) V6 that is currently used on its top end models. However, it is quite likely that Honda would take advantage of the recent advances in technology to ensure that the new powertrains would be heavily upgraded for higher output as well as lesser fuel consumption. There is also a chance that the Acura TLX 2018 might go the hybrid way like its MDX sister and will be equipped with a set of electric motors to go with the original V6 engine. And it would be capable of churning out approximately 320 to 350 ponies.

The chances are that this is the path the Acura TLX might take since the all new Honda Accord is also powered via a hybrid powertrain; therefore, using the same system would make a lot of economic sense for Acura’s parent company viz Honda motors.

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External looks

Acura created their trademark ‘precision concept’ vehicles as a bold new look and a step away from conventional design. It is precisely why their TLX is also widely excepted to be a ‘chip off the same block‘ so to speak and would be slated to incorporate many a design feature of the precision line. In that case, it is sure to have elegant sidelines and a heavily insulated bonnet to decrease sound emissions and noise pollution for the occupants of the car as well as LED bearing same colored side mirrors and lots of chrome on its external surface.  There is an off chance that its exhaust system might also be completely revamped as well.

Internal schematics

So far, though there are no details available on the interior and cabin layout of the vehicle. However, judging by its accord cousins ‘standards, the all new 2018 Acura TLX is bound to have highly advanced interior dynamics with molded garnishes and dashboard, and soft leather seats with a multi point adjustment system. Taking a leaf from its competitors, the vehicle is slated to be fully equipped with an all-new touch based infotainment system featuring the latest safety devices and both navigation and entertainment controls conveniently placed on the steering wheel.

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2018 Acura TLX release date

The vehicle is due to be released by mid 2018 and frankly, we cannot wait to see it on live and in action.