Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Acura RLX revealed ahead of Monterey Car Week

Acura RLX revealed ahead of Monterey Car Week

The refreshed sedan is in line with the new design language at Acura, most notably the adoption of a "diamond pentagon grille", a new signature that's a very welcome replacement for the ugly chrome beak that's been plaguing otherwise good looking Acuras for nearly a decade.

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.

The most notable aesthetic update for 2018 is the grille, which is the same beak-free grille you see on other new Acura models.

Instead, the RLX will get a new " diamond Pentagon" grille derived from the front fascia of the Acura Precision Concept introduced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Acura is eliminating several trim packages on both the base and the Sport Hybrid model and boils everything down to just two versions. Either way, Acura still wants to continue making the sedan and has now unveiled a refreshed 2018 Acura RLX, which incorporates the brand's new face. It has a more sculpted hood and new wheel designs.

The non-hybrid RLX will have 310 horsepower and come standard with precision all-wheel steer. The RLX Sport Hybrid's powertrain has been mildly retuned and "optimized", yet output remains at 377 horsepower. He played basketball for ten years and he was also a coach for two.

Under the new sheet metal is the same V-6 engine and optional Sport Hybrid model. Customers will get to choose from a whole range of exterior colour including three new colours. Stay tuned for the official reveal, which is going to happen in Monterey next week, but the vehicle goes on sale in November. An Espresso interior color is a fresh option.

Standard features on the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid include premium Krell Audio System, Surround View Camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel.

Perhaps the biggest advancements for the 2018 RLX, aside from its styling changes, are in its AcuraWatch advanced driver assistance suite, which now includes Traffic Jam Assist, which applies the technology used in adaptive cruise control and low-speed following to alleviate the stresses of driving in tedious, gridlock traffic. Traffic Jam Assist helps keep the sedan in its lane and can follow behind a vehicle detected ahead of it - a must-have feature for daily commuters.

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