The 2018 Acura RLX, revealed today as part of Monterey Automotive Week, which includes the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, showcases the new design direction for the brand, which was introduced on the MDX and carries the label Precision Crafted Performance.
Gone is the long-standing, and controversial, shield-like Acura grille, replaced by a more traditional diamond pentagon design, said now to be the brand’s signature look.
While the updated RLX features a facelift rather than a complete redesign, Acura says it incorporates design cues that showcase its performance capabilities, including a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, newly designed LED taillights, dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser.
In addition, the powertrain of the RLX Sport Hybrid, which combines a direct-injected V-6 engine with three electric motors and Acura’s novel Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, is said to have been further optimized based on developments from the NSX supercar.
Standard features on the 2018 RLX include Acura Navigation with Voice Recognition, colour heads-up display, LED fog lights, remote engine start, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel and more.
Also standard is the AcuraWatch suite of driver-assist technologies, which has been enhanced with the addition of Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist helps keep the vehicle in its lane and a set interval behind a car detected ahead.
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).
Inside, there are upgraded materials and touchpoints including a completely redesigned seat with high-contrast piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option.
The 2018 Acura RLX will be featured at multiple events throughout Monterey Automotive Week including the Carmel-By-The Sea Concours on the Ave. The car will go on sale in November.