What is it? In keeping with Acura and Honda practice, the concept RLX shown at the New York auto show is a clear preview of the upcoming, redesigned flagship sedan scheduled to arrive in showrooms later this year. The conservatively styled RLX is promised to deliver the comfort and luxury of a large sedan in a mid-sized package, with a host of electronic and connectivity features. Like the outgoing and similarly sized RL, the RLX will also be available with front or all-wheel drive. AWD models will get a direct-injected V6 engine matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission claimed to deliver more than 370 hp while returning 30 mpg on both city and highway cycles. FWD models will have 310 hp and all-wheel steering. A hybrid version will also be available.
What is new or notable? In place of conventional headlights, the RLX uses 10 stacked LED lamps said to provide powerful illumination and a distinctive look.
CR’s take: The RL has been a competent and refined, though rather bland performer in our tests. Styling of the RLX doesn’t do much about the bland part, but the fuel economy claims are impressive for a car this size.
When will it be available? Late 2012