Renewed TLX and return of the A-Spec

Acura highlighted the debut of a refreshed 2018 TLX luxury performance model by displaying the new A-Spec version, taking sport performance even further.

  • 2018 TLX

NEW YORK, NY: Honda’s premier auto division did not take to the stage for any grand announcements or unveilings but a new, refreshed and significantly upgraded 2018 TLX performance luxury sedan was an impressive addition to the Acura display stand at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).

Following up on last year’s Acura Precision Concept, the 2018 TLX adopts a new design direction debuted earlier by its 2017 MDX stablemate.

Along with the facelift and new signature diamond pentagon grille, the TLX blends new body-sculpting, a rear diffuser with rectangular dual exhausts, redesigned “Jewel Eye” headlight assemblies and new standard 17-inch wheels for a stronger, more aggressive stance.

Powertrains carry over with a 206 hp, 2.4-litre four-cylinder and 290 hp 3.5-litre V6 through front-wheel drive or Acura’s torque-vectoring SH-AWD system.

2018 TLX

The TLX bumps up tech content significantly, adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Items available through Elite and/or Tech packages include a new wireless phone charger, 360-degree Surround View Camera monitoring, redesigned trapezoidal LED foglamps and white LED ambient light piping throughout the cabin.

Other tech enhancements include faster infotainment/connectivity response times through an enhanced seven-inch touchscreen.

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

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Taking the TLX performance statement even further, the A-Spec name returns with a new V6 model that adds a sport-tuned suspension, retuned power steering and exclusive, dark-finish 19-inch wheels with wide 245-series rubber, along with cosmetic upgrades that include a unique front fascia, special side sills, round LED foglights, round dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black decklid spoiler, the whole package topped with A-Spec badging.

Inside, the A-Spec adds brushed aluminum highlights, a thick-rimmed sport steering wheel, red meter touches and exclusive red or black leather Alcantra seating with added bolstered support.

Pricing and further details are yet to be announced and all models should arrive at Canadian Acura dealers by this summer.

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