The production version of Acura’s new flagship sedan, the 2014 RLX, will be shown for the first time at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. However, we already have a fairly good idea as to what the RL-replacing sedan will look like thanks to a thinly veiled concept version unveiled in April at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
We can look forward to seeing the 2014 RLX in showrooms sometime in the first half of next year, but sadly it won’t be debuting with the advanced all-wheel drive hybrid system previewed in the concept version.
Dubbed Acura Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, an uprated version of this hybrid system will power Acura’s next-generation NSX supercar and in the RLX was promised to deliver V-8 performance coupled with fuel economy of 30/30 mpg city/highway and 30 mpg combined.
The standard powertrain will be a new direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering a reasonable 310 horsepower and powering the front wheels only.
Nevertheless, the regular RLX will still be a technological powerhouse, as any flagship sedan from a luxury marque should be. Some of the features we already know include four-wheel steering, an updated AcuraLink communication system, LED headlights, plus a suite of passive and active safety systems.
In addition to a reinforced body, the new RLX will also come with a collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist, numerous airbags and camera monitoring systems. Acura boasts the car should achieve a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.
Dimensionally, the RLX is approximately the same length as the outgoing RL, but with a two-inch longer wheelbase and two-inch shorter front overhang. Both the track and vehicle width also increase by approximately two inches, which should translate to more room inside.
For the chassis, there are double wishbone front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, active dampers and electronic power steering with a variable gear ratio. Despite all this, total weight should be less than 4,000 pounds for the front-wheel drive model.
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