Goodbye beak, hello handsome diamond pentagon grille.

All new for 2018, the Acura TLX makes its debut at the New York Auto Show. Not that we haven’t already seen most of it already. It’s just the second vehicle in the lineup to adopt the new "Precision Crafted Performance Design" after the MDX – and it looks good doing it.

Gone is the infamous "beak," and in its place is a chiseled new diamond pentagon grille and front fascia that gives the TLX a much-need more aggressive look. Pictured here in A-Spec trim, it takes the overall design in a more emotional direction, which Acura hopes will appeal to a younger base of buyers, aka millennials.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec


The added A-Spec trims pairs to a new V6 and a sport tuned suspension, and is available in both front- and Super Handling all-wheel-drive configurations. The standard pentagon grille is accented by round LED fog lights, more distinguishable side sills, a rear diffuser flanked by round dual-exhaust tips, and a gloss black decklid spoiler. A set of 19-inch wheels are exclusive to the A-Spec trim.

Inside, the TLX is equipped with all the modern amenities you’d expect to find in a luxury sedan in this segment. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and AcuraWatch come standard on all trims, and come paired to a new dual-screen user interface, including a seven-inch central touchscreen that’s “approximately 30 percent faster” thanks to new software.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec


Speaking of fast; the same 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine will carry over, while buyers can opt for the aforementioned V6 option if they so choose. No word on if it’s an updated version of the 3.5-liter engine, or the rumored new 3.0-liter. Acura hasn’t said how much horsepower these two engines will produce either, but it’s safe to assume they’ll show a significant bump over the 206 and 290 horsepower (153 and 216 kilowatts) available on the outgoing model.

Not one to skimp on technology, Acura made sure to include its AcuraWatch suite of safety systems standard, that comes with things like collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, just to name a few. No word on pricing, but the new Acura TLX will go on sale later in the year.

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2018 Acura TLX

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Acura has unveiled a refreshed and significantly enhanced 2018 TLX performance luxury sedan, delivering the brand's Precision Crafted Performance design direction to its core sedan. The all-new TLX A-Spec takes the sedan's design in an even more emotional direction, further broadening the brand's appeal to younger buyers. The Acura TLX also will be one of the most technologically advanced and well-equipped vehicles in the segment with new technology features including Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and AcuraWatch™ standard on all grades. The 2018 TLX is slated to go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide in June.

The 2018 TLX boasts a more aggressive and sporty look inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that debuted last year, a design direction that has successfully influenced the styling of the 2017 MDX luxury SUV. Acura's signature diamond pentagon grille, paired with changes to the sedan's stance, proportion, wheels and sheet metal boosts its presence on the road.

"We've really upped the ante in terms of styling, emotion and road presence, more effectively communicating the TLX's dynamic capabilities," said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager.        

The 2018 TLX design illustrates its three variants with distinct characteristics. The 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline-4 cylinder TLX receives a sporty new front fascia featuring the diamond pentagon grille, a new bumper, more sculpted hood, fenders, redesigned Jewel Eye™ headlight design with LED turn signal and a new standard 17-inch wheel and tire package.

The V6 TLX models add an aggressive, refreshed rear fascia with exposed, rectangular dual-exhaust finishers, rear diffuser and standard 18-inch wheels. The V6 TLX with Technology Package adds a new chrome side sill garnish, all-new seats with contrast piping and stitching, and a power-operated thigh extension on the driver's seat. The Advance Package gains additional technology including trapezoidal LED fog lights, Surround View Camera system, built-in wireless charging pad, white LED ambient light piping in 10 locations throughout the cabin, a heated steering wheel and heated rear outboard seats, a body-colored decklid spoiler, and power-folding side mirrors.

Acura's acclaimed torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive® (SH-AWD™), the best handling all-wheel drive system in the industry, is available for the first time on all V6 TLX models, previously available only with V6 models equipped with Technology or Advance Packages

New TLX A-Spec

Reflecting Acura's Precision Crafted Performance DNA, the new TLX V6 A-Spec is available in two-wheel drive and SH-AWD™ configurations, adding character and performance inside and out. An exclusive front fascia, round LED fog lights, aggressive side sills, rear diffuser accented by large, round dual-exhaust finishers and gloss black decklid spoiler creates an even bolder character. Exclusive, dark finish 19-inch wheels paired with wide 245-series tires complement a sport-tuned suspension with more aggressive damper settings and retuned electric power steering for a sharper, more precise handling experience. TLX A-Spec models with SH-AWD also receive a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar for improved body control. Gloss black trim and A-Spec badging on the rear decklid, fenders, side sill garnish and steering wheel completes the look.

On the inside, a host of sport-oriented refinements and premium features include exclusive leather seats with increased bolstering, red driver's meter highlights, brushed aluminum-look interior trim, and a thick-rimmed sport steering wheel. Two A-Spec exclusive interior color choices are offered: Red leather or Black leather with Alcantara™ seat and door inserts. Premium enhancements borrowed from the top trim Advance Package include wireless charging pad, ventilated front seats and red LED ambient light piping (white on the Advance Package).
 
Technology Enhancements

The 2018 TLX is the first Acura to feature a refreshed dual-screen user On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD 2.0) interface that supports Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Sirius XM 2.0. New software improves the system response time and offers more intuitive menus and command structures for a seamless and quicker user experience – approximately 30 percent faster. An enhanced 7-inch touchscreen has a capacitive display that is more responsive to the touch and is positioned within easy reach of the driver and front passenger.

With its unique AcuraWatch™ suite of technologies, the 2018 Acura TLX is the only vehicle in its class with standard crash avoidance and active driving-assistive features. AcuraWatch™ includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision. With Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist, AcuraWatch can significantly decrease the driver's workload during freeway cruising by maintaining a set speed and following interval, initiating both braking and throttle inputs, and adding steering input to help the driver maintain their position in the detected lane.