August 10, 2017: Acura today unveiled a redesigned 2018 Acura RLX reflecting the brand's new Precision Crafted Performance design direction to create a more substantial presence for Acura's top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan. At the rear end, the engineers installed the new LED taillight, while you can also see a dual exhaust and shiny black rear diffuser.
Acura has dropped the cover on the refreshed 2018 RLX, which will make its public debut at Monterey Car Week later this month. Acura says the new transmission is more refined than the outgoing unit and results in improved acceleration and better passing performance. The 2018 Acura RLX is much bolder, with a diamond-shaped grille beset with a subtle internal diamond pattern to its mesh.
As the division's flagship sedan, the 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is equipped with a 3-motor hybrid powertrain that incorporates a 3.5-liter V6 to put out a combined 377 horsepower driving all four wheels. That comes from the NSX supercar, one of the coolest Acura models to debut in recent years.
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The 2018 RLX features the unique AcuraWatch suite of technologies, as standard equipment, and has been enhanced with the addition of Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Two Sport Hybrid SH-AWD models will be offered.
Under the new sheet metal is the same V-6 engine and optional Sport Hybrid model. The V-6 is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. New contrast seat piping and stitching and a new available Espresso interior color round out the interior changes. The 2018 model gets three new paint colors to go along with the new bodywork. The other driver assists in AcuraWatch include lane keeping and departure warning, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The newest feature is Traffic Jam Assist that works in conjunction with the adaptive cruise control's low-speed follow function to keep the auto in its lane and at a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Traffic Jam Assist helps keep the sedan in its lane and can follow behind a vehicle detected ahead of it - a must-have feature for daily commuters.
Standard features on the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid include premium Krell Audio System, Surround View Camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel.
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