2018 Acura TLX Gets A Beakless Design For NY Auto Show

The 2017 MDX became the first beakless Acura in years, and now the TLX is getting ready to follow it.

Designed by the brand’s Studio in Torrance, California, the 2018 Acura TLX has a redesigned front end, inspired by the Precision Concept that debuted last year at NAIAS.

Acura released a teaser image that reveals a grille similar to the one used on the latest MDX, a new front bumper and redesigned headlights, which are likely joined by a tweaked rear end, with a fresh pattern for the taillights.

“The 2018 TLX will receive new styling elements that ratchet up its emotion and reflect Acura’s focus on Precision Crafted Performance. Acura customers embraced the MDX when we raised its game with bold, new styling, and we’re pumped to show how we’re elevating the TLX experience”, commented the brand’s VP and General Manager, Jon Ikeda.

The interior is not visible yet, but the automaker talks about “new premium features and technology enhancements”, which should place it “among the most technologically advanced and well-equipped cars in its segment”.

Acura is keeping quiet when it comes to the engine lineup, with the current model powered by a 2.4-liter unit producing 206 HP and 182 lb-ft (247 Nm) of torque, and a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 HP and 267 lb-ft (362 Nm) of torque.


  • john1168

    I actually liked the “beak” grille on the current TLX. I really don’t like this new style grille. It looks like a cheap and lazy design. To me, everything below the front and rear bumpers needs to be redesigned. Just way too much cheap and lazy going on design wise. And the add on ground effects kit is the worst I’ve ever seen. I thought everything above the bumpers looked fine. Hopefully Acura got rid of the two screens on the center stack and made the transmission buttons more responsive. And more power would be nice too.

    I like the new headlights and I believe it will have exhaust finishers too:)

    • BqWsRe

      You were the only one.

      • john1168

        I hated the original beak grille on the 2009 – 2011 but I thought this one looked very good.

    • That beak is so bad I looked into aftermarket replacements before I even kept looking at used Acuras for a commuter car, the aftermarket replacements weren’t very solid looking so I didn’t even bother looking at the cars any more. That giant shaving blade looks dorky, sorry. Dorkeak. The TL-S from 10 years ago looks great, why they decided to make their cars look like toys is beyond me.

  • BqWsRe

    Great to see they are finally admitting the Bugs Bunny look was a mistake.

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  • ediotsavant

    Superman just called Acura and said he wants back his undies.

  • IFDU
    • john1168

      UGH… That front looks terrible.

      • aaron


      • IFDU

        Yeah that’s the “sport” model that they are going to have along with a hybrid (i think) and the regular one but the grille does none of them justice anyway.

      • eb110americana

        I think I figured out their plan: Design the ugliest grilles possible. Eventually, all of the ugly grilles will be used up, and all that remains will be beauty. Just think, in a few millennia Acura will blossom, as the beautiful lotus out of the fetid swamp.

      • Bo Hanan

        When it comes to Acura’s design language, what is the opposite of “from strength to strength?”

      • klowik

        I think Aucura has to hire a new designer. As a customer myself I won’t buy a “luxury car” with this style ! Nowadays even some local American brands have better design than this!

      • Infinite1

        It’s like every other model, Acura makes ugly front ends and rear ends. The fourth generation TL preface-lift reminded me of a Pontiac Aztek. It was ugly front to back and this new grille does not fare well with the present model.

    • Hi I am Zako

      Gosh…kill it with fire.

      • SteersUright


    • BlackPegasus

      Those wheels looks really nice from the photo.

  • Craig

    The fact that it will have, “new premium features and technology enhancements”, doesn’t excite me at all. It has been my experience that the overwhelming majority of newfangled features are only appreciated in the showroom and serve no real purpose.

    • Status

      You own a Lincoln, don’t you?

  • TB

    The new grill on the MDX looks awful…sorry but it does. That said however, based on this teaser pic it looks like it will do very well on the TLX. We’ll need to see how it looks live.

    • nastinupe

      The refreshed MDX looks a lot better than the 2015’s. It’s bolder and more masculine. My wife currently owns a 2012 MDX and we are considering upgrading in a couple of years. We never buy new so the 2017’s could possibly be in the cards. I’m kind of torn between the MDX and an Escalade and a Volvo XC90.

      • TB

        I haven’t been a real huge fan of the Volvo’s…but I have to say that new XC90 is a great looking ride. Escalade? Nah (I say that for me)…that is getting to old and getting way to expensive for GM quality. As far as the new MDX goes…well (again just for me) it seems alot “frumpier”. Got a bit big in the Caboose, reviews say it’s lost it’s magic handling touch and just seems…bloated. Personally I like the 12 MDX. I’d say stay with it or go for the Volvo. 🙂

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  • SteersUright

    Beak or no beak, these cars have tepid engines, no handling brilliance as they’re so nose heavy, Honda-esque, plasticky interiors, and thus nobody aspires to own an Acura outside of an incredibly cheap lease deal. Get ur crap together Acura, stop worrying about “beaks” and fix everything else.

  • thunder bolt

    That fresh out of college chic who designed the beak finally got the message. Just like all of my girlfriends, it took a while for stuffs to finally sink into their brains.

  • Ribit

    It sure took Acura long enough to get rid of the “hello kitty” beak. I declined to purchase a new Acura because of that design and even went so far as to ask a dealer if they could install an after-market grill. Having said that, the big Acura logo reminds me of something on a Buick. I wonder if it can be removed.

  • BlackPegasus
    • Craig

      The best looking Acura sedan – by far.

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