Acura’s TL has been a perennially decent performer, combining the marque’s signature high-tech styling and appointments with mid-size sports sedan agility into a unique package. It’s due for an update, however, and there’s an all-new version on the way for 2015. At least, that’s the unofficial story, as indicated by Acura’s intent to unveil the 2015 TLX Prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit shortly.
Acura’s habit of releasing thinly disguised new models as “prototypes” a year or so before the official introduction is well-known, and so the TLX Prototype promises to show off more than just a new name. A pair of new direct-injection engines and all-new transmissions will be available, as well as all-wheel drive. Acura also announced plans to drop the TSX compact sport sedan, as it narrows and refines its lineup. The new range of four-doors includes the ILX, TLX and RLX.
A production TLX should be along sometime late in 2014. “This all-new Acura TLX is the perfect blend of style and muscle with its elegant, well-proportioned exterior that cloaks the true sport sedan chassis and powertrain beneath,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. “The sporty characteristics that customers found appealing in the TSX are even more pronounced in this aggressive new TLX.”
It’s an interesting new direction, and for now all we have is the new name. We’ll have a look at the newest Acura’ s styling and powertrain details when the TLX is unveiled next month!