2015 Acura TLX Prototype

2015 Acura TLX Prototype 1 2015 Acura TLX Prototype

2015 Acura TLX Prototype 3 2015 Acura TLX Prototype

Acura unveiled the luxury performance sedan Acura TLX Prototype at the Detroit Auto Show 2014 for the all new 2015 TLX which is slated for launch later this year. On launching the TLX, Acura axes the unsuccessful TSX and recalls the TL. The difference in the TL and the TLX is noticeable in the external features of the prototype as the interiors have still not been revealed. On comparison, we see that the TLX certainly looks sportier and less frumpy as the length has been shortened and the front and the rear overhangs compromised on, giving the car a sleek look. The TLX joins the sedan line up of Acura alongside the ILX compact luxury sedan and the RLX luxury performance sedan. Developed around the theme ‘Red Carpet Athlete’ the TLX can be easily said to be an effective blend of luxury and performance. According to Mike Accavitti, senior vice president, American Honda Motor, Co. Inc, ‘the Acura TLX Prototype is a precursor of some amazing things we have in store for our Acura sedan customers… As you would expect from an Acura, this completely new model will offer innovative technologies that break down the barriers between the driver and the machine to deliver a more intuitive, connected and personal driving experience.’

When compared with the TL, the TLX offers a much sportier look and comes with two all-new engines. This will boost its performance by delivering more power and improved fuel economy. The transmission has been reformed which will drive either two wheels or all four wheels.

The TLX unveiled is a prototype and not a production model. The interiors have not been revealed but the exterior for now is quite provocative. Although, if we focus on every aspect, we might not find anything we have not seen before in other cars launched by Acura, but the whole package is a pretty cool job! From the length cut by 3.8 inches from the TL to the Acura Athletic Red Pearl finish, the prototype cuts a lithe figure with its compact proportions, dynamically sculpted fender arches, purposeful character lines, Acura’s signature Jewel Eye LED headlights, custom designed five – spoke 20-inch alloy wheels and 265/ 35Z20 tires. The sculpted hood with sharply creased bilateral ridgelines cuts a sharp athletic look. Although the prototype is shorter than the TL, the wheelbase is still the same 109.3 – inch wheelbase , therefore raising concerns over the space in the cabin although it might not be affected. Another spectacular feature of the prototype is the custom made side mirrors with a row of LED lights fused into the base. In engines and performance, the Prototype’s new powertrains promise highly responsive, refined and efficient power delivery. The engine is an all new 2.4 liter 16-valve inline 4-cylinder direct injection and Acura’s i-VTEC valvetrain. This is significantly lighter than previous Acura engines although they have similar configuration and displacement. The transmission is a 8-speed DCT with torque converter for the four cylinder and a 9 speed for the i-VTEC . both the engines can be combined with with the next generation Acura Precision All-wheel Steer technology. It has independent left and right rear wheel toe control. The V-6 version als has the option of Acura’s signature Super handling All wheel drive technology.

The prototype is devoid of interiors right now, but Acura’s designers understand the need for luxury when the TLX features an Integrated Dynamics System for personalization and four driving modes – Economy, Normal, Sport and Sport+. According to mode, the IDS adjusts the Electric Power Steering, throttle response, SH-AWD and P-AWS control logic, transmission shift mapping, Active Noise control settings and HVAC control in accordance to driver preference.

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