Acura SLX

From Acura press: The SLX was engineered to be as competent and satisfying on a trek to the Grand Canyon as it is on a family jaunt to a ski area in the Sierras. It 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.

The explosive growth of the sport utility vehicle market has had a large impact on the luxury sedan market. Many affluent drivers who would traditionally become prime luxury car customers as they matured have chosen, instead, to look at upmarket Sport Utility Vehicles. These drivers are accustomed to the creature comforts, lavish amenities and understated styling of imported and domestic luxury cars-and are increasingly demanding the same features in SUVs. For these reasons, the SLX is a fitting and natural addition to the Acura lineup.

The Acura SLX is designed to do it all. It's elegant enough to be seen in front of the finest restaurants and hotels, yet highly rugged and fully capable of making the trip from Tierra del Fuego to Fairbanks, Alaska.

The SLX is powered by a 3.2 liter, all-aluminum, single-overhead-camshaft V-6 engine which produces 190 horsepower at 5600 rpm, and 188 lbs-ft of torque at a low 4000 rpm. Four-valve-per-cylinder combustion chambers help to provide both high torque at low rpm and excellent breathing at higher engine speeds. Electronic fuel injection compensates for varying driving and atmospheric conditions, and provides enhanced driveability in both on- and off-highway operation.

The engine is located longitudinally, moving weight to the rear for optimum handling. The standard 4-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission is bolted as a unit to the shift-on-the-fly 2-speed transfer case, increasing rigidity while reducing noise and vibration. For improved response and efficiency, the transmission features converter lockup in 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears.

The Acura SLX is rated with a 5000-lb (Class III) towing capacity, assuming the use of approved load-compensating trailer hitch and trailer brakes.

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