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2015 Acura TLX

The new Acura TLX has adapted from prototype to production form for 2015, revealing that the luxury brand’s future will continue to evolve. The new model is about what you’d expect from a replacement for the compact TSX and midsize TL sedans that were retired this year. According to cars.com, the TLX is longer than the TSX but 3.8 inches shorter overall compared to the TL. However, it has the same wheelbase as the TL so interior space won’t be compromised.

The engine choices in the 2015 Acura TLX will also split the difference between the TSX and TL. The base engine on the TLX will be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 206 horsepower and hitched to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Want more power? Upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 making 290 hp, joined to a nine-speed automatic. Acura projects an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined for the four-cylinder and 25 combined mpg for the V6. Front-wheel-drive TLX models include Acura’s new steering system that can adjust the angle of the rear wheels in turns for improved handling. All-wheel drive will be available only on V6 models.

The TLX will also showcase Acura’s latest interior comforts and technology, with a 7-inch touchscreen display that controls 3D-view navigation functions, real-time traffic and a suite of smartphone-integrated apps and services. The Siri Eyes Free voice command feature is also available for iPhone users.

On the safety front, the new TLX comes equipped with the latest innovative technology. Most prominent is the Road Departure Mitigation system, which monitors the car’s road position via a forward-looking monocular camera and can initiate steering correction and braking when the system’s brain perceives an imminent brush with roadside scenery. The camera and adaptive-cruise-control radar also play a role in the new Collision Mitigation Braking system, which initiates warnings and can apply the brakes when an impact with another car or pedestrian appears imminent. Other standard and available safety features include blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, an expanded-view driver’s side mirror, lane-keeping assist, a rear-view camera, and a rear cross-traffic monitor.

Acura says the 2015 TLX will arrive in the second half of this year. Visit Chapman Acura in Tucson for more information.