Aside from a few nips and tucks, the Acura TLX has remained mostly unchanged since it arrived in 2015. Everything will soon change for Acura's top-selling sedan, as the 2021 TLX will boast a new design and a much-anticipated performance variant.
Visually, the original TLX's sporty spirit carries on in the 2021 model, but it will boast a design gleaned from the Acura Precision Concept and Type S Concept. This redesign will include a larger hood, a more tapered roofline and glass, pronounced rear haunches, a more upright Diamond Pentagon grille, revised accent lighting and Jewel Eye LED headlights, and more. The TLX will also grow in width by 2.2 inches, and its wheelbase will grow 3.7 inches.
Inside, the 2021 TLX will gain a new design that will show off a sportier look and feel with its optional flat-bottom steering wheel, shapelier dash with more cutouts and contrasts, thick center console, and dash-top infotainment screen. On the tech side, this cabin will include a standard 7-inch multi-information screen, the True Touchpad Interface infotainment control, an available 10.5-inch head-up display, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and more.
The 2021 TLX will continue to offer the A-Spec model, which will add Shark Grey 19-inch wheels, gloss black exterior accents, darkened headlights and taillights, and a rear decklid spoiler. Inside, the A-Spec will also include the aforementioned flat-bottom steering wheel.
The new-for-2021 Type S model will further enhance the TLX's looks with plenty of exclusive exterior bits. The front end will feature open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, larger side air intakes, and an aggressive splitter. Around back, it'll include a rear decklid spoiler, a sportier diffuser, and large quad exhaust outlets.
Rounding out the 2021 Acura TLX Type S will be and two exclusive 20-inch wheels designs: a split-10 spoke design from the Type S Concept and an NSX-inspired lightweight "Y-Spoke" wheel. Inside, the Type S will also come with the flat-bottom steering wheel.
Under its hood, the 2021 TLX will finally drop the last-gen Civic Si 2.4-liter and target its rivals with an all-turbo lineup. This engine lineup will start with the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’ll bang out 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That will be 66 hp more than last year's standard four-cylinder engine and 13 pound-feet of extra torque compared to last year's optional V6. The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will gain an all-new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. Acura hasn't announced the official power numbers from this V6 engine, but 375-400 hp will align it with most competitors.
All 2021 TLX models will come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter models will have standard front-wheel drive and optional torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. The Type S model will come standard with SH-AWD.
All 2021 TLX models will feature the AcuraWatch suite of safety gear, which will include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, traffic jam assist, and more. There are no safety ratings yet for the 2021 TLX, so stay tuned for updates.