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2018 Acura TLX: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - April 14, 2017

Model Preview

The Acura TLX will gain significant updates for the 2018 model year. The most notable changes will be a revamped front end design, the addition of AcuraWatch safety equipment as a standard feature and a sportier variant called the TLX A-Spec.

The face of the new TLX will borrow heavily from the Acura Precision Concept that was revealed back in 2016. It consists of a massive "diamond pentagon" grille akin to the MDX crossover. This represents a departure from the often-maligned "beak" styling the TLX and other Acuras have had up until recently.

Acura is making an effort to distinguish the 4-cylinder, V6 and A-Spec with unique styling. On the 4-cylinder, the bumper has been revised to blend in with a more shapely hood. The standard 17-inch wheels will also feature a new design. The V6 will get a more aggressive fascia with unique rectangle exhaust and larger 18-inch wheels.

The new TLX A-Spec will be offered only as a V6 in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. Key exterior cues will be a more aggressive fascia than the V6, round dual-exhaust and a black decklid spoiler. It will also get a firmer suspension and dark 19-inch wheels. Inside the cabin, the A-Spec will feature unique bolstered leather seats in either red or black with Alcantara inserts. Other notable bits include brushed aluminum trim and a sportier steering wheel.

Acura TLX

Engine specs have not yet been revealed. For reference, the base engine on the current TLX is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder making 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is a 3.5-liter mill producing 290 hp and 267 lb-ft. An 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is standard on the 4-cylinder, but the V6 uses a 9-speed automatic. Unlike Acuras of years past, a manual transmission is not offered and there are apparently no plans to bring it back.

In terms of safety, all versions of the TLX will now feature the AcuraWatch suite of driver assistance tech as a standard feature. This will include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control and more. Acura hopes to give the TLX a competitive advantage by making these standard.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2018 Acura TLX will go on sale in June. Based on our analysis, the outgoing model features extremely aggressive discounts, especially with regards to lease deals.

Official pricing for the 2018 model has not yet been released. For reference, the current car starts at $32,950 with destination for the 4-cylinder and $36,400 for the V6. The range tops out at $45,850 with the TLX V6 with Technology and Advance Packages.

Key competitors include the INFINITI Q50 ($34,855 to $49,605), the BMW 3 Series ($34.445 to $50,895), and the Lexus IS ($38,800 to $44,510).

Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

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Pictured: 2018 TLX

Acura TLX

Acura TLX

Acura TLX


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