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Acura RLX Concept makes world debut in New York

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Acura says the debut of its RLX Concept brings a first look at a design and engineering direction for its all-new RLX flagship sedan, which arrives early next year.

Driving the Concept is a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system; three electric motors, a 3.5L direct-injected V6 (for more than 370 hp), and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Even with all that, it reportedly gets 7.8L/100km city/highway/combined/you name it.

Acura RLX Concept
Photo: Honda

Acura introduced its Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system in Detroit in January on the NSX Concept. It uses a front-mounted electric motor and dual electric motor drive unit to generate negative or positive torque to the rear wheels during cornering.

The production RLX will offer buyers the option of a 310-hp FWD version with Precision All-Wheel Steer, which offers independent control of the toe angle of the right and left rear wheels.

The RLX Concept runs on 20” forged aluminum wheels and 255/35 R20 high-performance tires. It’s about the same length as the current RL, but with a wheelbase and track — and width — two inches greater.

Also making their debut are Jewel Eye LED headlamps, which use a dual-stacked array with 10 high-intensity LED lamps and a bunch of fancy reflective stuff.