Sporty-looking trim pack was previously exclusive to the V6.
Acura is making its A-Spec package available to more buyers, with the 2019 TLX sedan now offering the appearance treatment with the car’s base 2.4-liter inline-four engine. Until now, only V6-powered TLXs could be dressed up in A-Spec garb, but Acura says strong customer demand prompted the decision to expand its availability.
Because it’s now offered with the TLX’s four-cylinder engine, getting into an A-Spec car is more affordable: pricing starts at $39,400 before destination for the four-cylinder A-Spec, versus $43,765 for the V6 version.
On the 2019 Acura TLX, the A-Spec trim level includes special 19-inch wheels, a unique front fascia with larger air intakes, a matte-black grille, tinted taillights, a gloss-black trunk spoiler, and some other visual add-ons. Inside, the sedan is dressed up with sports seats, red LED ambient lighting, red-trimmed instruments, brushed-aluminum trim, and a thicker-rimmed steering wheel.
The TLX’s 2.4-liter engine makes 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, mates to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and comes only with front-wheel drive with rear-wheel steering. The 3.5-liter V6 offers 290 hp and 267 lb-ft, couples to a nine-speed automatic, and can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive, the latter with Acura’s Super-Handling torque-vectoring system (known as SH-AWD). Though most A-Spec variants have no mechanical changes, the V6 SH-AWD model does get a quicker steering ratio, stiffer springs, and a new rear anti-roll bar, all of which are intended to make the handling sportier.
There are few other changes for the 2019 TLX, as the car was redesigned for the 2018 model year. The V6 Technology and Advance trim levels receive a new 19-inch wheel design, and there’s a new Platinum White Pearl option in the paint palette. Pricing is mostly unchanged, too, running from $33,000 for the TLX 2.4L to $45,950 for the V6 SH-AWD with Advance Package – before destination charges and options.
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Engineered to Engage: The 2019 Acura TLX Hits Showrooms
Apr 3, 2018 - TORRANCE, Calif.
New 2.4-liter A-Spec sport appearance variant added to lineup
New Platinum White Pearl added to color palette
New 19" wheel for V6-powered Technology & Advance models
Fresh off last year's comprehensive redesign, the 2019 Acura TLX will begin landing in Acura dealerships nationwide starting April 4. Given the resounding sales success of the V6-powered TLX A-Spec, Acura has expanded its increasingly popular sport appearance package to include 2.4-liter TLX models. What's more, with TLX sales currently up 15 percent year-over-year, the new 2.4-liter A-Spec is poised to continue to grow TLX's market share in the midsize sedan category.
What is A-Spec?
A-Spec amps-up the sporty character of TLX by way of exclusive design elements inside and out, starting with a matte-black diamond pentagon grille surrounded by a dark chrome border, an aggressive lower front fascia with a broad center air opening flanked by round LED fog lights, and a dark appearance for the signature Jewel Eye LED headlights. A-Spec exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels finished in Shark Gray paint are wrapped with 245-series tires. A-Spec exterior upgrades continue at the rear with a gloss-black decklid spoiler, "smoked" LED taillights, and an exclusive fascia featuring a lower diffuser accented by 4-inch round dual exhaust finishers. A matte-black side window surround and A-Spec badging on the front fenders and rear decklid completes the look.
Inside, the TLX A-Spec features more aggressively bolstered front seats with high-contrast stitching and piping, red LED ambient light piping, red driver's meter highlights, a black headliner and pillar treatment, brushed aluminum-look instrument panel garnish, and an exclusive, thick-rimmed steering wheel with A-Spec badging.
A-Spec V6 models equipped with SH-AWD also get a quicker steering ratio for increased response along with a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar for improved body control.
The TLX A-Spec is available in five exterior colors, including a trim-exclusive Still Night Blue Pearl, and one of two unique interior color schemes, Black with Alcantara™ seat and door inserts or Full Red which features a bold red leather throughout. A-Spec models incorporate the same feature set as TLX models fitted with the Technology Package with the addition of ventilated front seats, a wireless charging pad, and the aforementioned ambient interior lighting.
2019 TLX Highlights
Key standard equipment consists of LED headlights, a 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, Smart Entry with push button start, and a dual-screen user interface (ODMD 2.0) featuring user-friendly menus, speedy response times, as well as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. Other available options include a 360-degree Surround View Camera system, a heated steering wheel, next-generation AcuraLink® connected services, and a 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System.
Two advanced powertrains are on offer – a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter i-VTEC® engine mated to quick-shifting 8-speed dual clutch transmission, and a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 paired with a 9-speed automatic.
2.4-liter TLX models come equipped with Acura Precision All-Wheel SteerTM (P-AWSTM), featuring independent left- and right-rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance overall handling precision, low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.
V6 models are offered in both two- and all-wheel drive configurations. Front-drive models feature P-AWS with independent left- and right-rear-wheel toe angle control that sharpens low- and high-speed maneuverability. All-wheel-drive models feature Acura's renowned Super-Handling All Wheel DriveTM (SH-AWD®).
Every 2019 TLX includes the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, leading all luxury midsize sedans in the application of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. AcuraWatch™ comprises Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
What's new for 2019?
A-Spec expanded to 2.4-liter models
New 19" wheel for V6-powered Technology & Advance models
Black Copper Pearl exterior color discontinued
New Platinum White Pearl exterior color replaces Bellanova White Peal