2012 Los Angeles Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2014 Acura RLX, the tech-laden successor to the Acura RL flagship sedan, debuted on Wednesday at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
- The 2014 RLX, which targets the Hyundai Genesis, Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, will go on sale in the spring.
- Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
LOS ANGELES — The 2014 Acura RLX, the tech-laden successor to the Acura RL flagship sedan, debuted on Wednesday at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Technology highlights on the RLX include the first application of Acura's Lane Keeping Assist System, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, Agile Handling Assist dynamic braking technology, four-wheel steering and Jewel Eye LED headlights.
The 2014 RLX, which targets the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Hyundai Genesis, will go on sale in the spring. It will come in five trim levels, including a base RLX, RLX with Navigation, RLX with Technology package, RLX with Krell Audio package and the top-of-the-line RLX with Advance package.
Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
A 370-horsepower version of the RLX featuring Acura's new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive or Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is set for a debut later in 2013. Fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway are expected on that version, Honda said. The EPA has not announced official fuel economy numbers on the 2014 RLX.
The base front-wheel-drive 2014 RLX gets a new direct-injected, 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine producing 310 hp. The new engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. In comparison, the 2012 Acura RL is equipped with a 300-hp, 3.7-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. The base 2014 RLX is expected to return 20 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway, according to the automaker.
Options on the 2014 RLX include an integrated power rear sunshade, front and rear parking sensors, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The cabin gets a new center console featuring dual screens for navigation and other functions. A 10-speaker ELS audio system is standard on the base model.
Honda said the RLX makes "extensive use of lightweight materials," including high-strength steel and aluminum. It weighs in at 3,933 pounds — 166 pounds lighter than the outgoing Acura RL.
The 2012 RL starts at $49,095, including an $895 destination charge. It returns 17 mpg in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Acura RLX is a showcase for the automaker's technology — but it remains to be seen how much all those goodies will add to the bottom line.