What to Expect From the 2018 Acura RLX
The hotly awaited 2018 Acura RLX won’t make its full public debut until the prestigious Monterey Car Week, but a preview of the redesigned model was recently unveiled. Expectations were shockingly high, but we still weren’t disappointed.
State-of-the-art performance upgrades reinforce the Acura RLX’s position as an exhilarating sport sedan, and a bevy of new comfort and convenience features have been added to improve your drive, whether you’re cruising along the Gold Coast or even when you’re stuck in Orland Park, Tinley Park, or Oak Brook traffic.
Power and Performance
Set to become the most sophisticated Acura sedan ever, the 2018 Acura RLX will use Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) technology shared with the Acura NSX supercar to carve through corners unlike anything else on the road. Combining direct-injected V6 with three electric motors for up to 377 hp should serve up an outstanding drive.
Also available is a 310-hpRLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer, which now comes paired to a sophisticated new 10-speed Automatic Transmission. Responsiveness is refined and acceleration is exceptional.
This preview affects more than just the Acura RLX — it also extends to the brand’s new Precision Crafted Performance design.
You’ll immediately notice that the vehicle retains its trademark alluring character even as its body has evolved. Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille accents the front end, as does a more deeply sculpted hood, and bold new LED taillights combine with a gloss black rear diffuser and dual exhaust finishers to bring the rear up to date.
Unlike other sport sedans, the 2018 Acura RLX won’t feel stripped down and Spartan once you slip inside. A premium Krell Audio System, Surround View Camera, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats, and parking sensors all come standard.
Safety features have also received similar focus, with the standard AcuraWatch suite including:
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
Traffic Jam Assist