And it's all happening in Ohio.
The all-new 2021 Acura TLX sport sedan is, without question, the best-looking sedan the Japanese luxury brand has built in quite some time. The new sedan's pricing was announced earlier this month, with the base 2.0-liter model starting at $37,500, just a $1,300 increase over last year's V6-powered model. And now Acura is telling us production for the new TLX and TLX Type S is officially underway at its Marysville, Ohio production facility.
"We are incredibly proud to deliver Precision Crafted Performance for our Acura clients with a TLX that sets a new bar for performance and premium quality in an Acura sedan," said Marysville Auto Plant General Manager Bill Easdale. "Our associates are dedicated to ensuring the highest level of quality with this new TLX, which comes on the heels of an incredibly successful Acura RDX sport-utility vehicle and the electrified NSX supercar, all made exclusively in Ohio."
Acura claims the TLX Type S is the fastest, best-handling, and most well-equipped sport sedan in its entire 35-year history. The base model comes powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a healthy 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. However, the Type S has a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of twist available. Both engines are manufactured nearby in Anna, Ohio. Tacking on the brand's excellent Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive System (SW-AWD) is only a $2,000 option on any trim level.
Regardless of which engine customers opt for, a 10-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front or all four wheels. Some standard features include the AcuraWatch safety suite and a 10.2 inch HD center display. A 17-speaker ELS audio system is optional.
With that sub-$38,000 base price, the 2021 TLX is less expensive than some of its most direct rivals, such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Audi A4 and Genesis G70, however, do offer lower base prices but have less power and standard features. Acura also wants to point out the new TLX is built using a high-accuracy body weld process and high-performance adhesive, which creates the most rigid body to date for any of its sedans. What's also cool is that the TLX is Acura's first model ever to utilize a laser brazed roof.
"This TLX epitomizes Acura's focus on performance and premium quality, and the passion of both our development and manufacturing teams here in Ohio are embodied in the product that we're delivering to our Acura customers, said Marc Ernst, TLX global development leader."
The 2021 Acura TLX will arrive in dealerships across the country starting on September 28.