It looks good, but is it a case of too little, too late?
Last January Acura revealed its TLX Concept, which looked nearly 99 percent production ready. We liked what we saw, but wondered if it was a case of too little, too late. The production-spec TLX has debuted in New York. Power comes from a choice of two i-VTEC engines: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 206 hp that’s paired to a new eight-speed dual-clutch, or a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 hp mated to an also new nine-speed slushbox.
Effectively replacing both the TL and TSX, the TLX is the sport sedan Acura desperately needs to sell well. The exterior has a nice enough design, enhanced even more with LED headlamps and Acura’s now familiar chrome schnoz. Buyers will also have the option of either front- or all-wheel-drive. The latter is actually the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system that Acura has long been known for. Fuel economy, though not outstanding, is decent enough; the 2.4 model delivers 24/35 mpg city/highway, while the FWD 3.5 V6 returns 21/34 mpg. The AWD V6, however, makes only 21/31 mpg.
The interior features a nifty dual-screen center console and infotainment system, but the overall look is quite similar to what you’d find in both the small ILX and larger RLX. If you like Acura interiors, that’s a good thing. If not, well.... Official pricing hasn’t been announced nor has an on sale date, but the all-new 2015 TLX has to be a winner. Acura’s future depends on it.