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2019 Acura TLX: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - November 17, 2017

Model Preview

For 2018, the Acura TLX received a pretty comprehensive refresh on its front end, making it almost look like a complete redesign. This update included a new three-dimensional grille, new fenders, and a revised hood. On V6 models, the rear end got a new look too, which helped better distinguish the two versions. Other than its tweaked appearance, the 2018 TLX received the latest tech features. With all of these updates still fresh, we expect the 2019 TLX to arrive unchanged.

Visually, we expect no changes when the 2019 TLX hits showrooms. On the outside, it’ll likely continue with its new-for-2018 front end and grille inspired by the Acura Precision Concept, which eliminated the much-maligned Acura beak grille. Inside, the current car boasts a new two-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an LCD driver’s meter.

Another area we expect no changes is to the TLX’s powertrain. We expect its base engine to remain the 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 206 horsepower. The optional 3.5-liter V6 will also likely remain the same at 290 hp. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission handles shifting duties on the four-pot model, while six-cylinder versions use a nine-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is an option on V6 models.

2018 Acura TLX

In terms of safety, the current TLX just missed getting the IIHS’ second-highest rating -- Top Safety Pick -- because of its “Acceptable” rating in the small-overlap test. The IIHS requires a “Good” rating to qualify for Top Safety Pick. With no changes expected structurally, look for the 2019 TLX to roll in with the same ratings.

If the carryover TLX doesn’t satisfy you, you may want to take a look at the 2019 ILX. There is a chance that Acura could redesign the ILX for 2019 and base it on the 10th-generation Civic. Then again, there are also rumors that the ILX will be discontinued before the 2019 model year, so stay tuned for updates on this.

Pricing & Release Date

While there is no official release date for the 2019 Acura TLX yet, we do anticipate seeing it in the summer of 2018.

Given there are no big changes, we expect its price range to remain close to the current model’s range of $33,965 to $45,765 (destination fees included).

The key competition for the TLX includes the INFINITI Q50, Lincoln MKZ, and the Audi A4.

Learn about the current TLX on sale now »

Pictured: 2018 TLX

2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX

2018 Acura TLX

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