The TLX nameplate will designate a mid-size production performance luxury sedan to replace the TL and “will feature more dynamic and sporty proportions, two new advanced powertrains and a host of signature Acura technologies,” according to the release.
The TSX will also be discontinued in 2014, as the carmaker is marketing the 2015 TLX as a proposition for both existing TL and TSX customers. Acura explains the move is aimed at creating “clear hierarchy for luxury sedan lineup”. This means Acura will have three distinct sedan models: the entry compact ILX, the mid-size TLX sports saloon, and the flagship RLX.
Acura promises more emotional styling with tidier, sports sedan proportions for the TLX, as well as two all-new powertrains that will make sportier than the outgoing TL. “The sporty characteristics that customers found appealing in the TSX are even more pronounced in this aggressive new TLX,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president, American Honda Motor.
The two direct-injected engines will be mated to an all-new transmission, along with available two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.
The production TLX will launch in the second half of next year and will be built at the Marysville, Ohio auto plant, where the current Acura TL is made.
By Dan Mihalascu