The all-new TLX was developed around the theme“Red Carpet Athlete” to deliver a mix of luxury refinement and dynamic performances.
Dimensionally, the new TLX Prototype is 3.8 inches shorter in overall length (190.2 inches) than the current TL, yet rides on the same 109.3 inch wheelbase as the TL. These values place the new TLX in between the smaller ILX and larger RLX sedans.
The exterior design features taut body surfaces and sports-sedan proportions, with the sporting character further highlighted by its low and wide stance, shortened front and rear overhangs, dynamically sculpted fender arches, and purposeful character lines.
The prototype’s custom-designed five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels and 265/35ZR20 low-profile tires accentuate its athletic stance, while the sculpted hood has sharply creased bilateral ridgelines.
Keying off of the Jewel Eye LED headlights, each mirror has a row of LED lights fused into its base. Click on the turn indictor, and the LEDs come to life, spreading a moving glow around the bottom of the mirror for a high-tech, 3D appearance.
The 2015 TLX Prototype also showcases a number of technologies and performance options that will be available to Acura TLX customers – including two-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations; two high-performance, highly fuel-efficient new engines; two new advanced transmissions; and the next generation Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™) and Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) dynamic performance and handling technologies.
The range of engines will include an all-new 2.4-liter 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine with direct-injection mated to an all-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with torque converter, and a 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 that with direct injection and VTEC variable valve control and cam timing along with fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology.
The 3.5-liter V-6 is mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission with closely spaced gear ratios and a wide overall ratio range to further extend engine performance and fuel efficiency.
The TLX will join the ILX compact luxury sedan and the RLX luxury performance sedan as the third vehicle in Acura’s sedan lineup.