The 2018 Acura RLX will arrive this fall with design tweaks, new technology, and a new transmission.
The big news is the new 10-speed automatic for the standard RLX. Acura says it will improve acceleration (the 2018 Honda Accord will be equipped with it as well.) The gas model comes with a V6 which carries 310-horses. It’s equipped with Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer system.
The Sport Hybrid’s powertrain stays the same on paper, but Acura says the 2018 model borrows new tech from the NSX supercar for improved performance and handling. The Sport also has a V6 engine and adds three electric motors for 377-horsepower. It comes standard with Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive.
For those of you into looks, good riddance to the infamous “beak” grille. In its place is Acura’s new diamond pentagon grille also a part of the TLX refresh. Behind the diamond is a new hood and wheels. The lights are also a new system of LEDs. There are three new exterior paint colors for 2018, including two premium ones: Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl.
Both models come standard with Acura’s advanced AcuraWatch safety suite, which now includes Acura’s new Traffic Jam Assist feature. Other safety features include Collision Mitigation Braking with auto emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.
The RLX Sport makes its official debut next week during Monterey Automotive Week.