New patent images show off the 2021 Acura TLX's sleek body.
Ever since the Acura Type S Concept debuted at Pebble Beach last year, we've had high hopes for the all-new 2021 Acura TLX that will replace its six-year-old predecessor. While we already have a good idea what the new luxury sedan will look like, patent designs uncovered by Worldscoop give us a clear look at the production model's sleek body, seemingly confirming it will be heavily inspired by the stunning concept. They also appear to match last year's leaked images.
Like the concept, the design in the patent features a sloping roofline, long hood, and short rear deck, giving the 2021 Acura TLX a sportier look than its predecessor.
The patent appears to show the standard 2021 Acura TLX since it lacks aggressive design elements shown on the Type S Concept such as redesigned front bumper, large air intakes, a rear diffuser, and a quad exhaust system. From what we've seen so far, the 2021 Acura TLX will be a very attractive-looking sedan when it enters production.
Powering the 2021 Acura TLX will be the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the Acura RDX that produces 272 hp. The same engine also powers the Honda Accord and Civic Type R. That's a huge increase over the current the current Acura TLX, which has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 206 hp in the base trim. It's also offered with a 3.5-liter V6 producing 290 hp.
Enthusiasts will be more interested in the high-performance 2021 Acura TLX Type S, which will revive the Type S badge for the first time since 2008 when it was applied to the Acura TL. Reports claim the 2021 TLX Type S will have a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 under the hood with over 350 hp on tap, allowing Acura to compete with established German performance sedans such as the BMW M340i, Audi S4, and Mercedes-AMG C43.
Acura was planning to reveal the 2021 TLX to the world at the 2020 New York Auto Show, but the coronavirus pandemic canceled those plans. An Acura spokesperson confirmed to us last month the reveal will now take place online sometime this year. More information to be shared "in the coming weeks," so stay tuned.