The whole Acura lineup is getting some attitude.
Acura recently wowed the crowds at the Monterey Car Week with its new Type S Concept. The car is meant to preview the second-generation TLX sedan, which will have a Type S version sitting above the A-Spec appearance package in the lineup. But the concept doesn't just preview one new model; it acts as a window to view how the entire Acura brand will be shaped for the future.
Speaking with Roadshow, Acura's vice president, John Ikeda, talked about how the concept will influence the company's future designs. "We've been evolving the brand into more youthful, more energetic designs," he explained. "Everyone at Acura is aligned around performance. This is the time for Type S."
Acura announced the long-awaited return of its Type S performance sub-brand over one year ago at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Since then, the Japanese luxury brand has promised the Type S model would cater to enthusiasts wanting a significant performance increase over the standard models. These promises were nice but seeing the Type S Concept looking relatively production-ready was a major step towards a performance Acura becoming a reality.
"The full model change of the TLX [is] coming next year," Ikeda confirmed. "We'll have two Type S models coming in the next two years," he added, likely referring to a Type S version of the RDX or MDX. "The next time you see a Type S, it should be a real car," said Dave Marek, executive creative director of Acura.
If you enjoy the styling of the Type S Concept, there's good news, because we will see this design on future Acura production models. "The body surfacing will be [applied to] all Acuras," Marek said. "It's the next [version of] every sedan we do - even the SUVs. They should all look like Type S's and work backwards." There are some elements will remain Type S-only, such as the diamond mesh grille and quad exhaust tips.
Acura has made mention of a new twin-turbo V6, which should sit under the hood of all Type S models. If the performance is there and the cars look anything like this concept, Acura could have some winners on its hands.