From Acura press: To address the trend toward more powerful and luxurious vehicles, the 1999 SLX is once again available in a single lavishly appointed sport luxury model. The SLX features a performance-oriented powertrain with a sophisticated Torque-On-Demand four-wheel-drive system. The SLX provides a level of ride quality, comfort and luxury amenities typical of fine imported luxury sedans, combined with the ruggedness, utility, all-weather handling and off-road capability of a top-rank four-wheel-drive vehicle.
In addition to its state-of-the-art engineering, impressive performance, solid construction and overall quality, the Acura SLX also offers the high-end SUV buyer with a true luxury ownership experience from the courteous treatment offered by Acura dealers to the Acura TLC Customer Satisfaction Program, which provides 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service, trip planning and many other owner benefits.
The Acura SLX is designed to compete with the Mercedes M-Class, Range Rover and Land Rover Discovery, Lexus LX470 and RX300, Infiniti QX4, and other luxury models, as well as the higher trim levels of domestic SUVs such as the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevy/GMC Blazer. The SLX is built for Acura by Isuzu Motors, Ltd., and is manufactured in Japan.
The SLX is powered by a lightweight 3.5 liter, all-aluminum, double-overhead-camshaft V-6 engine, which produces 215 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 230 Ib ft of torque at a low 3000 rpm.
A special variable-length induction system combines with four-valve-per-cylinder combustion chambers to help provide both high torque at low rpm and excellent breathing at higher engine speeds for horsepower delivery. Electronic fuel injection compensates for varying driving and atmospheric conditions and provides enhanced drivability in both on-and off-highway operation.
The engine is mounted longitudinally, to keep drivetrain weight near the center of the vehicle, optimizing balance and handling. The standard four-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission is bolted as a unit to the Torque-On-Demand two-speed transfer case, increasing system rigidity while reducing noise and vibration. The Torque-On-Demand four-wheel drive system is engaged with the touch of a button and automatically reproportions driving force between the front and rear axles for maximum efficiency and traction. For improved response and economy, the transmission features a torque converter lockup in second, third and fourth gears.