Acura Unveils a Redesigned RLX for 2018

2018 Acura RLX

The 2018 Acura RLX will make its public debut during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19 on the Monterey peninsula, and will be available to purchase in November.

Interior updates include more premium materials and touchpoints as well as all-new seats, which now feature contrast piping and stitching. The version of the RLX this new model replaces was often chided for its close affiliation to the Honda Accord sedan it's based upon, which was clearly apparent in the grille and rear quarter. It is equipped with a diamond pentagon grille which dominates the front end, while it is surrounded by brand new front fascia and sculpted hood. The RLX Sport Hybrid packs a bit of NSX DNA to go along with the new family face. We're calling it "less like everybody else".

"This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle", said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager. It's not much different from the current RLX with two screens in the center stack, tasteful wood interior accents, and lots of curves. Acura brags that this driveline shares componentry from the NSX supercar's hybrid setup, but it produces less power than that mid-engined stunner does-196 horsepower and 135 lb-ft less, to be specific, for totals of 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft.

The 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer is now mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT) delivering a more refined driving experience, as well as improved acceleration and passing times. Two Sport Hybrid SH-AWD models will be offered. In addition, there is Traffic Jam Assist which will help you out when you are driving in slow-speed situations. Unique to AcuraWatch is traffic jam assist.

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Several other active safety systems using millimeter wave radar and other detection systems are also part of the available tech.

AcuraWatch also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

Fuel economy numbers and performance metrics for the 2018 Acura RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid are not yet released.

The first Acura RLX debuted in 2013 as a replacement for the range-topping RL sedan.