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Acura RLX Design Upgraded To Blend In

Acura RLX Design Upgraded To Blend In

Key styling changes include the addition of the brand's new diamond pentagon grille highlighted by a massive Acura badge, a sculpted hood and jagged LEDs running along the headlights and taillights.

You can have the Acura RLX one of two ways.

The non-hybrid RLX will have 310 horsepower and come standard with precision all-wheel steer.

The auto comes in two variants, the 310 horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) and the 377 horsepower RLX Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). Stay tuned for the official reveal, which is going to happen in Monterey next week, but the vehicle goes on sale in November.

Inside, the 2018 Acura RLX receives upgraded materials and a completely redesigned seat featuring high-contrast piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option. Acura is hoping the simpler trim lineup will significantly boost interest in the Sport Hybrid model. Instead of the front axle, however, two of those motors are on the rear axle and they give the vehicle all-wheel drive.

Unchanged is the RLX Sport Hybrid's drivetrain, which continues to use a 3.5-liter V-6 and three electric motors to create torque-vectoring all-wheel drive (called SH-AWD in Acura-speak).

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The RLX will be available with a stellar Krell audio system and surround view cameras along with a host of safety features including adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, and road departure mitigation. Acura says that developments from the NSX have meant better all-weather and dynamic handling in the 2018 RLX.

Perhaps the biggest advancements for the 2018 RLX, aside from its styling changes, are in its AcuraWatch advanced driver assistance suite, which now includes Traffic Jam Assist, which applies the technology used in adaptive cruise control and low-speed following to alleviate the stresses of driving in tedious, gridlock traffic.

Hopefully, the stylish new looks and NSX supercar-derived tech will help the RLX drum up more interest in the showroom and among enthusiasts.

Acura has dropped the cover on the refreshed 2018 RLX, which will make its public debut at Monterey Car Week later this month.

Pricing and EPA fuel economy ratings will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date in November. However, expect the standard RLX to start at around $US55,000, while the Sport Hybrid will cost around $US60,000.