Acura RLX Will Debut In 2018 With Awesome Hybrid Powertrain


RLX is the top-end Acura, it should show the pinnacle of Honda technologies. That is why car company bosses decided to refresh the car and announce the 2018 Acura RLX facelift, which features fully updated exterior, interior and new powertrain options. The car is actually a full-size premium car, mounted on the former Honda Legend car. The car initially debuted in 2013 and has very low number of sales. The mid-cycle update should fix this problem.

New Acura RSX is going to be available for sale in November, 2017. The price tag is not unveiled yet, expected to be around $56,000 for the basic trim and $61,000 for hybrid car without options.

NSX heart

The updated 2018 RLX could be equipped with two powertrain options. The first one is rather traditional for most Honda cars – 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing 310 HP and coupled with all-new 10-speed automatic (you may also find it on Odyssey minivan). The standard layout is front-wheel drive with AWD optional (but AWS is standard in all trims).

2018 Acura RLX hybrid specs

The second option is way more interesting: RLX could be equipped with the same powertrain as NSX supercar but with less powerful internal combustion engine. The same V6 mated with 3 electric motors – one in front axle and two in the rear one. As a result – stunning 377 horsepower and advanced all-wheel drive system.

Any details about fuel efficiency and performance will be revealed after the fist real-life tests, Acura doesn’t show any exact figures. We believe that new hybrid car will be both fuel efficient and fast.

Aestetics of 2018 Acura RLX

The most notable change in RLX appearance is all-new front end, features the same design solutions as recent Acura models, like MDX – diamond-shaped grille with matte black mesh, full LED headlights looking like a insect’s eyes. The new look should boost the sales.

The everything else remain the same as in 2013, the design of exterior has a pretty smooth lines, highly remain a previous generation Accord, especially the rear part (however, the updated model has redesigned rear lights).

There are also new color options for the exterior – Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl.


In the 2018 Acura RLX interior you cannot see much changes – the overall front panel layout remain the same. The only change is choosing of the materials used, higher-quality and promised to be better to touch. Two-tier console design doesn’t fit to modern Honda design and looks a bit outdated.

Front seats are completely new, and RLX would be offered with Espresso interior color.

RLX 2018 Trim Levels

Only two trim levels to choose is expected for 2018 model year car. The first has standard V6 engine and a new AcuraWatch system include adaptive cruise control, auto braking, lane keep assistant. Adaptive cruise control now can function in traffic jams in stop-go mode.

Hybrid version has lots of expensive premium features, like premium sound system, leather seats with heating, ventilation (front only) and power adjustments (also available for standard trim), 360-degree camera view, remote start and parking sensors.
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