By Staff Contributor.
Acura unveiled the 2014 RLX luxury-performance sedan at the NAIAS (North America International Auto Show). The 2014 RLS is the most powerful, spacious, and technologically advanced Acura sedan. “The 2014 Acura RLX heralds the introduction of a number of new signature Acura technologies that provide the driver a feeling of connection to the product, to the road, and to the world from the very moment they enter the vehicle,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. “The RLX embodies the Acura commitment to create vehicles with outstanding handling that truly respond to the will of the driver.”
The RLX utilizes the all-new direct-injection engine, lightweight body structure, and the first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer to deliver a new and dynamic driving experience unlike that of any other luxury performance sedans. The next-generation AcuraLink cloud-based connected car system made its debut on the new RLX, offering a broad range of convenience, entertainment and security features.
The new RLX will confidently compete in the high-end luxury sedan market with an incredible array of leading-edge technologies – including the next-generation AcuraLink connectivity system with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic featuring freeway traffic and all-new surface street conditions, the Lane Keeping Assist System and Forward Collision Warning safety systems, and new driver-assistive technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Agile Handling Assist dynamic braking technology and Jewel Eye LED headlights.
The 2014 Acura RLX is powered by an all-new 310-horsepower direct-injected SOHC 24-Valve i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management, and is expected to earn best-in-class estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/31/24 mpg (city/highway/combined). The 2014 RLX delivers full-size interior space, mid-size luxury sedan package and boasts the best rear-seat legroom (38.8 inches), longest tandem seating distance (36.4 inches), best front and rear shoulder room in the mid-luxury class.
The Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS and no dogs were injured in writing this) is the world’s first technology to feature independent and continuous control of the left and right rear-wheel steering angles to achieve new levels of handling agility, high and low speed maneuverability, confident handling control for a two-wheel-drive luxury sedan.
As Acura previously announced, a version of RLX featuring Acura’s new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) technology, producing 370 horsepower with expected fuel economy ratings of 30 city/30 highway/30 combined, will debut later in 2013.
The 2014 Acura RLX is slated to go on-sale at U.S. Acura dealers nationwide in the spring of 2013 and will be available in five grades; well-equipped RLX, with Navigation, the feature-packed RLX with Technology package, with Krell Audio package, and the top-of-the-line RLX with Advance package.
(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Acura.)