Revealed in production trim at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura’s flagship RLX sedan will begin arriving at dealers on March 15. To promote the car ahead of its launch, Acura dealers will kick off a test-drive oriented “Destination RLX” campaign in February.
Five trim levels will be offered initially, each powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected V-6 engine rated at 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission choice is a six-speed Sequential SportShift automatic, which sends power to the front wheels only. A hybrid version, which uses an electric motor to create AWD, will be introduced later.
Front wheel-drive RLX sedans will use Variable Cylinder Management technology (which shuts down three cylinders under light engine loads to maximize fuel economy) to achieve an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined (20 city, 31 highway). They’ll also benefit from all-wheel steering, which changes rear toe angle to provide more nimble handling.
The base RLX sedan will be priced at $49,345, including a destination charge of $895. Step up to the RLX with Navigation, and the price increases to $51,845, but users get voice-guided searches as well as AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic guidance.
Add the Technology Package and the price goes up to $55,345. Acura hasn’t provided a package breakout, but we expect it to include things like adaptive headlights, rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats and a GPS-linked climate control system.
Audiophiles will probably want to opt for the 14-speaker Krell Audio Package, which comes with all the content of lower models and stickers for $57,845 including destination charge.
Finally, choosing the range-topping Advance Package gets you all the content of other models, with the addition of features like Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System and upgraded cabin trim. Advance Package RLX models will price at $61,345.
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