And that's a very good thing.
Last week, Acura announced the all-new 2021 TLX will be unveiled on May 28. Yes, that's tomorrow. Inspired by the stunning Acura Type S Concept, the 2021 Acura TLX will revive the Type S badge for the first time in over ten years. Unfortunately for Acura, however, the all-new TLX has broken cover early.
Photos shared by the Acurazine forums that appear to have been taken from a presentation show the 2021 Acura TLX in all its glory inside and out, giving us a full view of the front fascia after Acura gave us a peek at the rear last week. And the good news is it looks a lot like the alluring Acura Type S Concept that stunned us last year at Pebble Beach.
The leaked images show both the regular TLX and the sporty Type S version. Like the concept, the production TLX Type S features athletic proportions thanks to its long hood, sloping roofline, and short rear deck. The sleek headlight and taillight design also mimics the concept.
It also has an aggressive front bumper with large air intakes, although the front grille looks larger than the concept's. In short, the 2021 Acura TLX Type S is an absolute stunner. Inside, we get a clear look at the interior's infotainment screen that's attached to the dashboard separately and the center console, which features a touchpad. From the leaked images, the 2021 Acura TLX will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft, matching the output of the Acura RDX.
This unit will be paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Type S, on the other hand, packs a "new V6 Turbo" that offers "V8-like power and refinement" and "greater than 50% increase in low-end torque compared to the current 3.5-liter V6". It also has a "beefier" 10-speed automatic, an all-wheel-drive system, Brembo brakes, and stiffer suspension.
The 2021 Acura TLX will be built on an all-new sport sedan platform that includes a highly rigid body and a performance-focused chassis with double-wishbone front suspension. Instead of using the common MacPherson strut setup in other sport sedans, the front suspension uses two wishbone-shaped control arms, resulting in "exceptional handling precision and cornering grip".
More details will be revealed tomorrow when the 2021 Acura TLX makes its world debut.