Few days ago, the Honda’s top brand, Acura, revealed a redesigned 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid at the Monterey Car Week. It comes with new design and with some changes that we will unveil in this review.
This vehicle should be the most sophisticated sedan from Acura ever. Powertrain for Hybrid version of the car it shares with Acura NSX but will less power than this supercar. New transmission should bring better fuel economy and better performance. Main rivals of the new Acura RLX 2018 should be BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS.
2018 Acura RLX review
The Acura RLX is a flagship car of this manufacturer, but this is expected from a luxury full-size sedan. Design of the Acura NSX was inspiration for look of the new RLX. Front fascia is recognizable by Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille, and we can also notice that hood has been redesigned. The 2018 Acura RLX will be available in three exterior colors, with two premium ones: Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl.
News about its interior
Interior will also include some updates. Mostly, it includes upgraded materials and touchpoints. Front seats are completely redesigned and now they come with high-contrasting piping and stitching. There is also an Expresso interior color. All seats on the front and rear are now heated and steering wheel also.
AcuraWatch suite is standard equipment and it includes plenty of features. It incorporates safety and driver assist systems as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). For the first time this system comes with Traffic Jam Assist system.
Acura RLX 2018 specs
Standard engine that could be find under the hood of the new Acura RLX 2018 is the 3.5-liter V6 with 310 horses. Novelty is an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission which we could find in the Honda’s popular minivan, Odyssey. Next generation of Honda Accord will also use this gearbox. According to Acura’s officials, the new transmission should improve performance of the new RLX. For comparison we can give you the fact that current RLX with 6-speed automatic gearbox and with FWD reaches 60 mph from zero in 5.8 seconds. Standard drivetrain will be front-wheel drive system while there will be also available Precision All-Wheel Steer system, which is Acura’s rear-wheel-steering system.
Hybrid version of the drivetrain is unchanged and it will be powered by combination of 3.5-V6 engine with three electric motors. It shares technology with Acura’s supercar, the NSX, but with lower power output. The new RLX produces 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Acura RLX release date and price
The release date of the new Acura RLX 2018 should be in November this year. Starting price should be around $55,400 for the standard petrol model. the 2018 Acura RLX Hybrid will be available for $60,900 bucks.