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Acura unveils TLX

All-new sedan is one of Detroit's biggest reveals

Published: January 24, 2014, 2:00 AM
Acura showed its new mid-size sedan, the TLX, in Detroit this week. Although technically a concept, the vehicle offers a close look at the production car they'll bring to the New York show this spring and showrooms this summer as the 2015 Acura TLX.

Replacing both the compact TSX and the full-size TL, the new model will fit into the brand's streamlined lineup between the entry-level ILX and the RLX sedans.

The front-wheel-drive TLX will bring with it as standard a 2.4-litre four mated to an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic; buyers of the optional 3.5-litre V6 coupled to a nine-speed automatic will have a choice of front- or all-wheel-drive in the form of Acura's nifty SH-AWD (Super Handling All-wheel Drive) system. The FWD models will feature something Acura calls Precision All-Wheel Steer, which slightly press the rear wheels into drive-wheel surface to help with high-speed handling and low-speed maneuverability.

Acura will build the new model in the Marysville, Ohio, plant to be vacated by the soon-defunct TSX.