There is seems to be a lot of news recently regarding this new 2018 Acura TLX, mostly because the sedan is shown on the recent show. Although it does create some buzz among the automobile enthusiasts, there are still doubts regarding whether or not this sedan will be a success or not. Acura has not been able to really stand out on the luxury vehicle market, and the current model TLX itself does not seems to be putting the sedan market on fire. So it is very relieving to see that this 2018 year model is going to be very different compared to the current ones.
The sales of sedan type vehicle is in decline, and it has been happening for some years, and there is no indication that there is going to be any difference regarding that trend even for today. The Acura itself is still doubted by many, probably because they seems to be hopping back and forth between focusing on making a performance car or manufacturing luxury ones. This affected the opinion of the public regarding this new 2018 Acura TLX sedan.
Fortunately, when the early 2018 Acura TLX spy shoot is released, some people are claiming that this is going to be a new page to this sedan line. If you do not know, the TLX line itself is a line born from the mix of Acura TSX and Acura TL, they dropped those two lines and mix them together into the TLX. Unfortunately, the sales from this series do not seem to be increasing much, and the same applies to its popularity. But fortunately, they are determined to change that, when the sedan first officially shown to public on 2017 New York auto show, it shows us how this sedan really changed compared to the predecessor.
2018 Acura TLX hugely changed exterior
The 2018 Acura TLX exterior design is probably the first thing you realize that is hugely changed compared to the model that is in sale right now. Did you familiar with a concept sedan released by Acura a year before, that one concept is called the Precision Concept, and this new Acura TLX body has similarities with that concept sedan. One of the most significant difference between this new model and the last year model is going to be the grille, it is now utilizing diamond shaped grille; in which the Acura called as diamond pentagon grille.
The changes made to the grille is actually a very good news because it means that they are not going to be using the shield anymore, the shield that has been used on many Acura products is not actually very popular with the consumer, and many are rejoicing that this new one will not have that shield. To accommodate that changes, the front bumper design is slightly changed, and so does the front fenders and the hood, in the end, the 2018 Acura TLX review about its exterior looks is very positive.
2018 Acura TLX very refreshing and stylish interior
When people saw the changes made on its exterior design, they also expect that the 2018 Acura TLX interior design will also be different to its predecessor, and they got what they want. The first thing you see will be the two different display screens located on the middle of the dashboard, with various jog dial located underneath the second 7 inches display screen. Of course, this car also allows you to integrate your smartphone with its information screen, and when you do, you can use the other screen to access the sedan’s functions.
Beside the touchscreen functional changes, the whole interior looks very refreshing and stylish, and it seems that for this new TLX model, Acura choose to go with luxury looking mid size sedan. It has red leather seats accompanied by mostly black interior, making it looks very elegant, and the red leather for the seats feels very smooth and it is pretty comfortable. But there is also an odd choice there, while it looks like that they go with luxury sedan this time, they also choose to go with sport styled steering wheel.
2018 Acura TLX Performance and Engine
For those of you who are already familiar with the Acura TLX series, especially if you already familiar with the current model, then you are probably going to be disappointed with the 2018 Acura TLX engine. The reason of that is because this new model; despite having a lot of significant changes on the exterior and interior departments, they are still going to use the same engine available on the current 2017 model. That is right, there is going to be no new engine available for this model, even for the other available trim levels, they are going to use the same engine as the current one.
That engine that we are talking about is the current 2.4L four cylinder engine that is capable of generating 206 horsepower and 182 pound feet of torque, and many feels disappointed with this choice of using the Honda’s i-VTEC engine with variable valve. And as for the stronger available engine for the other trim levels, it is going to be 3.5L V6 engine that has about 290 horsepower and 267 pound feet of torque; this engine is available if you choose to get the A-Spec package, which is the only change made in terms of engine. As for the fuel efficiency, because this mid size sedan is going to be using the same engine, there will not be many differences with the current model.
There is also not going to be any differences between the new model and the current model in terms of transmission system as well. You will be getting the 8 speed dual clutch transmission system if you go with the standard model, and for those of you who are getting the A-Spec package engine, you will be using the 9 speed conventional autobox transmission system. It does not matter if you choose the A-Spec or only get the standard trim levels; you will be getting the all wheel drive as the standard.
2018 Acura TLX Rivals and Conclusion
Unfortunately, when it was shown first on the New York auto show, they do not announced anything regarding when this mid size luxury sedan is going to cost, they also do not mention when this sedan is going to be available as well. So we can only speculate about the 2018 Acura TLX release date and price, but seeing that it is going to be using the same engine, the price will not be that much difference to the current model and it’s going to be available around June this year at the fastest.
As said before, the market for sedan is in decline, and things are looking pretty dim in the mid size sedan sub genre, so this new Acura TLX is going to have a rough year ahead of it. But, there are a lot of changes made to its designs, especially with how it looks and the infotainment system inside the cabin, this make the line of product a lot more refreshing in the eye of the consumers. As a mid size luxury sedan, this new 2018 Acura TLX is going to be competing head to head with the likes of new Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS and even the Audi A4.