New Acura Flagship Sedan Concept Coming To Pebble Beach

The Acura RLX is a comfortable and luxurious flagship sedan, but it hasn’t exactly set the sales chart on fire.

That could change in the future as Car and Driver is reporting the company will unveil a “slinky four-door flagship” at the Pebble Beach this summer. Little is known about the car at this point, but the publication says it will be a production-ready concept that closely echoes the stunning Precision concept which debuted at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

The model will apparently go into production sometime in the future, but timing and specifications remain unclear. However, it’s believed the car will replace the RLX and adopt a new name.

A new flagship isn’t the only thing under development as Car and Driver is also reporting we can expect a new TLX and MDX. They are expected to be unveiled late this year or early next year. The publication was shown mockups of the models and they will apparently feature a number of styling cues from the RDX and Precision concept.

Acura is also said to be said to be considering a new ZDX. Originally introduced at 2009 New York Auto Show, the ZDX was Acura’s answer to the BMW X6. Unfortunately, consumers shrugged and US sales peaked at 3,259 units in 2010 before quickly falling to 775 units two years later. Given the dismal sales, production ended in 2013.

Crossovers have exploded in popularity since then and Audi, BMW and Mercedes have all introduced new crossover coupes. This seems to have sparked renewed interest in a sporty Acura crossover, but the model doesn’t appears to have been greenlight yet.

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  • Merc1

    If it’s not based on a RWD architecture, then why bother? The RLX is a complete joke as is.


    • Arthur

      Acura in general apart from the new NSX hasn’t made anything worth talking about in years, I don’t see this changing that fact.

      • Merc1

        Sad, but that is true. I just don’t get why they can’t do one RWD platform for this sedan and then base a large crossover on that same platform. I’m hoping that at least Lincoln will not build a new Continental on the new RWD architecture under the Aviator.


  • Mike anonymous

    Finally,.. somethingactually‘ new from Acura.

    • Bananarama


    • SpongeBob99Swell

      The new RDX backed up that statement…

      • Mike anonymous

        The RDX & the TLX are ‘new’ but if you’ve ever stepped into the interior of each, both feels as though they were built during the year 2007. Neither feeling up to par with anything Mercedes Benz, Lexus, or most any other luxury vehicle maker is putting out. (To be honest your beginning to see nicer vehicles (Imo) out of manufactures such as Kia, & Hyundai).

        When I say ‘actually’ new. I mean both inside and out, not simply the year when it was released.

        When I used to do automotive journalism, I had actually gotten to speak to some of the execs over inside Acura, who had said they we’re working on bringing their new interior design to their vehicles (which I’ve yet to really see).

        With this news (based on the recent reports) it seems as though they finally can build a vehicle (NSX which I really like excluded) that is capable of competing within a ‘luxury’ segment.

        So when I say ‘actually‘ new, I do mean ‘actually‘ (if you understand what I mean) ‘new‘. I’m personally looking forward to seeing what they’ve been working on all of this time.

  • Tim Manning

    The ZDX would’ve been awesome if it weren’t a CUV, as a CUV it would have looked great

  • ErnieB

    A production version will never look this cool..

    • MarkoS

      Ummm Duh.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    and watch it go into production lookim nothing like that…just release the concept look and watch this baby sell like hot cakes.

  • charlotteharry57

    The only Acuras I ever see these days are neighbors that are Honda-heads with more money now, and one has an MDX, the other an RDX. Acura needs to greatly step up its sedan game, or bail on them. I chuckled recently when I saw an ad on TV for the “new” ILX. Every time they promise a new flagship, it ends up bland and looks nothing like the concept.


    Acura needs to step their game up if they’re need to keep up the luxury game.

  • kachuks

    This thing looks like Acura is trying to build Gaddafi’s rocket car.

  • Joe E

    Imagine if they called it…………..LEGEND ✨

    • Bill Nguyen

      A turd by any other name…

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    A successor to the RLX? Or something that slots above it?

    Seems like a mystery vehicle to me…

  • Bash

    I don’t know why Acura has slotted them selves below Lexus for example. They could do much much better than that.

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  • SteersUright

    Acura needs to match or exceed the Germans on looks and performance in order to be taken more seriously as a luxury brand. The interiors especially need an upgrade, looking like little more than upper-trim level Hondas.

  • Blade t

    If they make the new car look like the concept, they might have a winner..

  • Jason Panamera

    I love this design but on the other hand I don’t like this interior, still the same conception.

  • Stephen G

    Yeah it’s a very nice “car”. But until cars become more utilitarian (ie: easy egress, space for cargo) they will not sell in significant numbers to the masses no matter how good they look. I see this as a $120K electric that some guy with a trophy wife drives as a third or forth car. If that’s the target market then this looks like a winner.

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