Following the successful launch of 2017 Acura NSX, MDX Sport Hybrid, and Acura TLX A-Spec, Acura unveils a rather major renovation of what I consider to be one of, if not, the most underappreciated luxury sedans available to North America. I’ve spent much seat time in Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Sedan, and despite the lofty MSRP, (by Acura standards,) consider RLX to be an extreme tech-rich, unique looking, performance bargain. Read our latest RLX Sport Hybrid drive review here.
Acura RLX has been a low volume luxury segment seller
Despite high build quality, class leading active safety features, and measurable fuel efficient drive performance, Acura RLX has not sold well in the U.S.. Acura hopes to change the sales trajectory of its flagship sedan with what looks to be a very dynamic, visually appealing redo.
Due to launch Fall 2017, more details coming
Acura informs Torque News: 2018 Acura RLX may be viewed at several locations on the peninsula during Monterey’s premier auto extravaganza. Read Acura’s press release here. As to specifications and MSRP, that’s yet to come. We do know that the 2017 RLX Sport Hybrid one engine, 3-electric motor drive train, and SH-AWD will carry over from 2017; with a performance tweak or two learned from NSX and MDX sport hybrid. For 2018, most of the uptick will be visual, with Acura’s new found design language carried into the next decade.
What we like: 377 combined horsepower sport hybrid drive; fuel efficiency, monster instant-on torque, Krell sound system, class leading active safety, and Acura understated elegance.
Note: Acura simplifies RLX “build and buy,” purchase platform by reducing RLX trim variants to Two. Brilliant! For those not wishing for hybrid power, the 310 horsepower V6, 10-speed motivated RLX sporting P-AWS (precision-all-wheel-steer,) will be the bargain in the lineup. We anticipate Acura holding RLX beginning MSRP to $56,500 or so. RLX, Acura’s only Japanese manufactured sedan should be available in the U.S. sometime in late Fall 2017.