The TLX is quite a new model released for the 2015 model year to replace the aging TL and TSX. With the 2017 version released just a few weeks ago, it seems that they will wait until the 2018 Acura TLX in order to apply their new corporate design to the car. The first to receive it was the MDX which looks stunning, and it seems that the TLX will be the one to follow.
2018 Acura TLX Release Date and Price
So far it seems that the new car will be released sometime in the late 2017 and it should go on the market shortly after that. The price will likely stay unchanged. This means that a base model will cost just under $32,000 while a top-end version will get past $40,000 with ease.
Chassis and Running Gear
Even though the TLX is basically an Accord that has been heavily tweaked, it doesn’t feel like it. Instead, the car feels like a true luxury sedan, so we are quite sure that the 2018 model won’t disappoint either. However, with this model, there might be a few changes. For starters, it seems that a Type S model might be released. This name implies more power and better driving characteristics. However, while the current model is very comfortable and compliant, it is not the fastest car on the road or the most communicative. The Type S version might change all that with a tweaked suspension system, likely new breaks and more power as well.
The exterior of the 2018 Acura TLX is going to change quite a bit over the current model. For starters, its entire front end is expected to be replaced. The car should receive a new diamond-shaped pentagonal grille which was also seen on the MDX. On top of that, the front fenders, the hood as well as the bumper are expected to change in order to give it a more muscular and aggressive appearance. The profile should remain pretty similar, but the back will likely receive a new bumper and likely a new set of tailpipes. The rumored Type S might receive an even more aggressive bumper with larger air intakes as well as bigger wheels.
Interior of 2018 TLX
One of the least impressive features of the current TLX is the infotainment system. Like in a few other of their models, it uses a two-screen setup which is confusing and quite slow. For the new car, we might see a more conventional dashboard with just a larger single-screen infotainment unit. However, besides that, not much will change considering how new the car actually is.
There are currently two different powertrains available for the TLX, and the 2018 Acura TLX should be quite similar. For starters, the base model will continue to use the 2.4 liters naturally aspirated inline 4. In essence, this is the same engine that is found in the Accord. Some did say that a 2-liter turbocharged unit might be installed in its place, but this hasn’t been confirmed by Acura so far. Further up the range, the older 3.5 liters direct injected V6 should also be found. Like before, this will continue to make 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque which is more than enough for many. An eight-speed automatic will be mated to the 2.4-liter engine while a nine-speed unit will be strapped to the V6. The big news comes in the form of Acura’s newest hybrid. This uses a 3 liter V6 mated to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and three electric motors. Some rumors suggested that this engine, and all of its 325 horsepower, might be offered for the high-performance Type-S version. This also features, as standard, all-wheel drive thanks to its two electric motors mounted on the rear axle.