It's going to share the spotlight with the Honda NeuV concept and the new CR-V.
Acura is gearing up to unveil the refreshed 2018 TLX at the New York Auto Show next week, but at the same time Honda’s premium division is also cooking up a stretched version for China. As it is the case with the American model, there aren’t any details about the long-wheelbase derivative for the People’s Republic at this point.
For what it’s worth, the standard car has a wheelbase of 109.3 inches (2,776 millimeters), so expect the LWB to grow by a few inches between the two axles to boost legroom for rear passengers. One of the TLX's main rivals, the China-only Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB launched in 2016, features a wheelbase longer by 5.5 inches (140 mm) compared with the standard model.
BMW will soon introduce the new 5 Series in a stretched guise exclusively for China with the wheelbase elongated by around 5.1 inches (130 mm). As for Audi, it has been selling an A6 L for many years in a country where rear legroom continues to be very important. Many of the LWB models are produced locally to strictly cater the Chinese demand and include models belonging to various segments and of different body styles, including SUVs like the BMW X1 Long Wheelbase on sale since last year.
The elongated Acura TLX is going to be joined at Auto Shanghai 2017 by the Honda NeuV concept originally presented at the beginning of this year in Las Vegas at CES. It is about to make its Chinese debut alongside the new CR-V. In addition, the Avancier fitted with the turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine will be on display as well following its local market launch last month.
Note: Attached spy shots and teaser image are showing the U.S.-spec, standard wheelbase 2018MY TLX.
Gallery: 2018 Acura TLX Refresh Spy Photos
Overview of Honda and Acura Exhibits for the Auto Shanghai 2017
BEIJING, China, April 5, 2017 – Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned Honda subsidiary in China, today announced the outline of Honda and Acura exhibits for Auto Shanghai 2017 (The 17th International Automobile & Manufacturing Technology Exhibition, Press days: April 19-20, 2017, Public days: April 21-28, 2017). Honda will exhibit the China premiere of the Honda NeuV, a concept car of an artificial intelligence (AI) equipped EV commuter, as well as the all-new CR-V. Acura will exhibit the world premiere of the long wheelbase version of the Acura TLX.
Overview of Honda exhibit
The Honda exhibit at a joint booth with GAC Honda Automobile Co., Ltd. and Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd. will include the Honda NeuV and all-new CR-V, as well as a 1.5-liter turbo engine-equipped version of the Avancier, which was launched in March of this year.
○ Honda: Honda NeuV (China premiere)
○ Dongfeng Honda: All-new CR-V (China premiere)
○ Other production models:
|-||GAC Honda: Avancier, Vezel, Accord, Accord Hybrid, Crider, Odyssey, Odyssey (special-needs vehicle), City and Fit|
|-||Dongfeng Honda: UR-V, XR-V, Civic, Spirior, Spirior Hybrid, Gienia, Elysion, Jade and Greiz|
○ CBR1000RR, CBR500R, CRF1000L Africa Twin and NC750X
■Overview of Acura exhibit
The Acura exhibit will include the long wheelbase version of the Acura TLX as well as a planned production model of the Acura MDX, which underwent a minor model change and is scheduled to be introduced to the market in June of this year.
○ Long wheelbase version of TLX (world premiere)
○ MDX (planned production model scheduled to go on sale in June 2017)
○ Other production models: NSX, RDX, CDX
■Press conference schedule (plans)
- Honda: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 13:30 - 14:00 (local time)
- Acura: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 10:40 - 11:00 (local time)