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New York 2017: 2018 Acura TLX Strikes a Mean Pose

One of the opening events of the 2017 New York International Auto Show saw Acura present the world premiere of the refreshed, upgraded 2018 Acura TLX, which vividly reflects the company’s new approach to Precision-Crafted Performance.

Decked out in a more aggressive, sportier and attractive robe, the new TLX is inspired by the Acura Precision concept, which was first unveiled last year and has served as muse for the 2017 MDX luxury SUV.

“We’ve really upped the ante in terms of styling, emotion and road presence, more effectively communicating the TLX’s dynamic capabilities,” said Gary Gill, Acura Senior Manager, Acura Sales and Marketing.

Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager, poses next to the new 2018 Acura TLX
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Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager, poses next to the new 2018 Acura TLX

Fitted with a 2.4L, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine (power output not yet announced), the TLX features a sporty front fascia that includes the distinctive diamond pentagon grille, more-sculpted hood and fenders, reimagined Jewel Eye headlights with LEDs turn signals, a rear diffuse with exposed rectangular exhausts as well as new standard 17-inch alloy wheels.

The SH-AWD Tech and Elite packages both include 18-inch alloy wheels; the Elite also comes with an exterior chromed side sill, and its interior features contrast stitching details and new seat piping, as well as a driver’s power thigh-support extension.

New TLX A-Spec
The all-new A-Spec package available with both the 4-cylinder and SH-AWD versions of the 2018 Acura TLX boosts the design to another level, and will surely please drivers looking for a modern-looking and sport-minded sedan. It will be fronted by an exclusive new fascia, round LED fog lights, aggressive damper settings and a rear diffuser accented by large, round dual-exhaust finishers, as well as a glossy black rear spoiler.

Exclusive black 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with large 245-mm tires are linked to 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 the SH-AWD package also come with a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar for better body control.

Inside, buyers can choose from two available colour schemes exclusive to the A-Spec: red or black leather with Alcantara seat and door inserts.

Tech improvements
A number of technological improvements have also been brought to the new TLX, notably with the addition of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and AcuraWatch compatibility, standard in all versions. The 2018 TLX is also the first Acura to feature the dual-interface “On Demand Multi-Use Display” system. New software improves the system’s response time and features menus and command structures that are more intuitive – allowing for usage that is more fluid and 30% faster, in Acura’s estimation.

AcuraWatch includes systems like the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation.

The 2018 Acura TLX is expected at Canadian dealerships in June of this year; prices are yet to be confirmed.