2012 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The successor to the Acura RL sedan, renamed RLX, goes on sale in early 2013.
- The 2014 RLX will come in front-wheel-drive gasoline and all-wheel-drive hybrid variants.
- The RLX Concept's drivetrain combines a new 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 and a pair of electric motors to send more than 370 horsepower to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
NEW YORK — The successor to the Acura RL sedan debuts this week as the RLX Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show and goes on sale in early 2013, most likely as a 2014 model.
The 2014 Acura RLX will come in two versions: a standard front-wheel-drive model with a 310-horsepower V6 engine and a range-topping edition that combines a new 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 and a pair of electric motors to send more than 370 hp to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The latter model will share Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive) system with the next-generation Acura NSX that's due in 2014-'15.
Acura is projecting EPA fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway.
The current 2012 Acura RL features a 3.7-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission, returning 17/24 mpg city/highway. Prices start at $48,585.
The new RLX gets all-new sheet metal and a longer wheelbase, although exterior length will be roughly the same as the outgoing RL. Width and track increase by 2 inches each.
The RLX Concept features "jewel eye" LED headlamps and rides on 255/35R20 performance tires wrapped around 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels.
Acura's parent Honda has developed a new double-wishbone front suspension for the RLX, which also employs variable-rate electronic power steering. The front-wheel-drive RLX will feature a new Precision All-Wheel-Steer system.
Advanced safety technologies on the new RLX include Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.
The RLX combines dual LCD screens, smartphone connectivity and next-generation AcuraLink to provide cutting-edge infotainment, navigation and communications capability, as well as easy hands-free access to audio, climate and text-message functions.
Edmunds.com says: The new "performance hybrid" all-wheel-drive system in the 2014 RLX should give us a good indication as to the capability of the future NSX.