Acura TLX Prototype Marks the End for the TL and TSX

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Production model to go on sale later this year.

With the arrival of the TLX prototype at Detroit, Acura will, in one fell swoop, replace two models in its lineup. Introduced as a "red carpet athlete," the midsize TLX will replace both the TL and TSX, slotting in between the ILX and range-topping RLX in the marque's band of sedans. When the production-ready TLX goes on sale later this year, expect it to differ very little from the Prototype.

It's taught, muscular sheetmetal coated in Athletic Red Pearl is characterized by a chiseled hood, aerodynamic side skirts and angular front end. A prominent grille is flanked by Jewel Eye LED headlights that are reinterpreted in the side mirrors where an LED strip lights up with the flick of a turn signal. The V-shaped front splitter will likely remain on the cutting floor when the concept transforms into a production model, but we hope the custom five-spoke alloys get a stay of execution. In keeping with modern luxury sedans' mantra of less cylinders, more power, the production TLX will come with two distinct powerplants.

A 2.4-liter four-pot paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch and a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a nine-speed automatic. All-wheel drive will come standard on the V6, while front-wheel drive models will come equipped with Precision All-Wheel Steer system. Both driveline options will feature an Integrated Dynamics System offering four driving modes that will adjust a host of driver inputs ranging from throttle response and steering to transmission shift points and heating settings.

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