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Acura TLX to debut at New York

Production version of TLX concept will replace TL and TSX sedans

Published: March 20, 2014, 5:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:43 PM

Acura TLX Concept

Acura has confirmed that the production version of its 2015 TLX performance-luxury sedan will make its world debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show in April. A near-production TLX Concept was revealed at the Detroit auto show in January.

Replacing both the TL and TSX sedans, the new TLX is designed to compete in the midsize luxury segment, which includes such stalwarts a the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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According to the company, it will deliver higher levels of luxury refinement and sports-sedan athleticism with exhilarating performance. To compete in that company,it will have to.

Two new powertrains will be offered – a 2.4-litre direct-injected i-VTEC four-cylinder engine mated to an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with torque converter, and a 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

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Front-wheel-drive versions will be offered with either powerplant combination and will feature the next-generation of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) technology with independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control.

The TLX SH-AWD model will be available only with the 3.5-litre powerplant and will employ a next-generation Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ system that is 25-percent lighter and incorporates

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new torque-vectoring control logic.

Acura says the TLX features major improvements in noise reduction through enhancements to body stiffness, body sealing and sound insulation, and the application of electronic Active Noise Control.

It will offer the brand's most advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Indicator (BSI).