2015 Acura TLX: First Look

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Competes with: Cadillac ATS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volvo S60

Looks like: Surprise, surprise — it looks like the prototype unveiled at the 2014 Detroit auto show

Drivetrain: 206-hp, 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a nine-speed automatic; front- and all-wheel drive 

Hits dealerships: Later this year

There were no surprises at the Acura press conference during the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The automaker's new sedan looks nearly identical to the prototype that was unveiled earlier this year in Detroit.

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Today, however, Acura released more details and specs of the new-for-2015 TLX sedan and showed off the production version. The 2015 sedan launches with familiar styling, new powertrains and a host of additional safety features.

Exterior

The 2015 TLX slots between the compact ILX and flagship RLX. Although the TLX is 3.8 inches shorter in overall length compared to the TL, it will replace that model and also squeeze out the TSX sedan in the automaker's lineup. Acura says the TLX's front and rear overhangs have been shortened compared to the TL's for a sportier look.

The production version retains much of the prototype's styling with a sculpted hood, a toned-down version of Acura's beak-like shield grille and what the automaker calls "jewel eye" LED headlights. The LED theme continues throughout the body with standard LED-accented side mirrors, LED taillights and LED license plate illumination.

Interior

No word yet on how the TLX's overall smaller size affects room, but the sedan seats five passengers. The automaker says the new model uses more premium materials than the TL, including a soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel cover, alloy and wood-grain trim and available Milano leather seats. TLX models with the V-6 get a bit more cabin storage room thanks to Acura's Electronic Gear Selector. It's a shift knob instead of a traditional gear lever, so center console space is freed up.

Front and center is a 7-inch touch-screen that controls the next-generation of the AcuraLink cloud-based connected-car system. All TLXs also come equipped with Siri Eyes Free technology, which allows the driver to control certain functions using voice commands when paired with a compatible iPhone. Other available features include heated and ventilated front seats, Bluetooth streaming audio, push-button start with keyless access, and navigation with 3-D view and real-time traffic.

In back, the TLX features a new 60/40-split folding rear seat; Acura says it allows for greater cargo-carrying flexibility. The trunk has also been redesigned with a wider, deeper opening, a lower lift-over height, a flatter cargo floor and two new hidden under-floor storage compartments (optional).

Under the Hood

Acura is debuting some new technology under the hood of the TLX. Two engines are available. A new 206-horsepower, 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with torque converter. It joins a 3.5-liter V-6 that powered 2014's TL. It makes 290 hp for 2015, up 10 hp from last year's V-6; it's paired with a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

The V-6 is overall more fuel efficient thanks in part to the new transmission as well as a new Variable Cylinder Management system. It can shut off three of the engine's six cylinders to boost fuel economy. Acura estimates that TLXs with the 2.4-liter should get 24/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined, and two-wheel-drive versions of the V-6 model to get 21/34/25 mpg, up 1 mpg in the city and 5 mpg on the highway versus the two-wheel-drive 2014 TL. All-wheel drive is only available on V-6 versions, and Acura expects it to return an EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/31/25 mpg, also up slightly from the 2014 TL’s numbers.

The new TLX will feature the all-wheel steering system that debuted on the RLX sedan; Acura says it makes for more precise steering. Its all-wheel-drive system also offers drivers four modes â€” Econ, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus â€” that adjust throttle and steering response.

Safety Features

Safety features include the Collision Mitigation Braking System, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with Low-Speed Follow and a blind spot warning system.

Pricing has not yet been announced.   

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Comments 

J

How does the gear selector gives more storage room when it is covering the same area as the gear lever?

Julio

J proves a point.

CC

Lots of front overhang, another FWD driving dynamic car like any other Honda or Acura.

Ken L.

@J & Julio

Acura probably meant more airspace in the car. In other words, you can actually place a book bag or purse (provided that the cup holders are not in use) between you and your passenger.

The TLX looks too much like an ILX, but longer.

Raymond in DC

Well, if it had a Honda badge on it, it would make a fine Accord. But it's an Acura, damn it! The two engines are just tweaked versions of what's available in the Accord, and even the V-6 has less torque than that available on the competitor's 2.0 liter turbos. Acura buyers want and deserve more than nice, reliable and otherwise undistinguished.

And even now, they can't tell us price and availability dates. At least Mercedes, which will be offering a beautiful new C class, has announced a September release.

Akhral

Yap, as always the torque sucks on Acuras.I still don't understand what's so hard to get to the level of a 2L Audi.They need to understand power is less important than torque.

Julio

At least it doesn't look like utter trailer park trash like the current TL. I admit at least this looks like a solid package. So there is ONE upside.

WTF

Best.Honda.Accord.ever.oops.

Kevin

Is it just me or does the 2009 TL looks more newer than this one?

While it looks like a good replacement for the TSX, it's a bit disappointing that this is replacing the TL. Interior is nice and all, but looks like every other new car these days except for the new shifter.

Rohit

Is it just me or has acura downgraded its powertrains across the lines....the old TL V6 used to churn out 305 hp, but this has only 290...the old MDX had 305 hp, the new one has again, 290. And 9 speed automatic transition for such an underpowered vehicle?!...i think i'll hold on to my tsx get more use of out of it and upgrade to a lexus or infiniti smh.

Rohit

I meant "transmission" not transition lol woops

Deran

I have been waiting patiently for this vehicle to arrive. But I am seeing some things that are turning me off...
1) Once again Acura goes with the low-end perforated leather seats instead of solid.
2) I have seen three sets of wheels, two of which are awful. Why can't Acura get this right?
3) Siri eyes free is listed as a standard option, but no mention of Carplay. If I'm going to own a vehicle for several years, I want today's technology, not yesterdays.

lijitmoose

In the interest of maximizing features and saving some money, I think I would just go with the ILX, personally. As a current TSX owner, it's disappointing they're dumping that line for a dumbed down mash up of the TSX and TL. The gear shift buttons are terrible looking too. Is is just me, or does this appear to be a more expensive ILX, with similar features?

JR

Ugghhh!!! Open cup holders... :-/

Infosaur

It's conservatively styled for the market (ie dull) but it's a very big improvement over Acura's design language of late.

So it's an improvement overall. Let's hope Acura/Honda finally starts to find it's mojo again.

Eric

So, I have a 2008 Acura TL Type S with 286 HP and loaded. Will be hitting 200,000 miles and looking at my next car? Wow, a new TL type S version TLX, with 6 years newer technology and 4 HP more? I love my 2008, but fear that with the lack of advancement in technology, styling, and competition willing to woo me to their brand (Mercedes C, Audi, BMW) why should I spend money with Acura. Losing respect for the Acura brand as they don't seem to understand the market.

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