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Acura has put its focus back on performance with its new 2018 TLX. The Japanese automaker has refreshed its midsize performance luxury sedan significantly. It now offers more standard features as well as a sporty new A-Spec version for V-6 models. In the highly competitive midsize performance luxury sedan segment Acura’s TLX is still a great choice. Acura has given the 2018 TLX an entirely new front end. The old grille has been replaced by a dynamite stylish new diamond pentagon grille that gives the TLX a strong, athletic look. Stand close and you’ll see its cool spider web pattern.

The TLX’s new look is part of Acura’s plan as it returns to the precision performance roots that made the company a hit with motorists. Officials from Acura explained that to journalists in Kentucky for the company’s launch of the newest version of the TLX, the top-selling Acura car and among the company’s most important automobiles. Acura’s vice president and general manager John Ikeda told the crowd the company is once again focusing on being a performance brand and to be seen as a performance brand, the vehicles need to have a performance look. And, if you want to check out an Acura and take one for a spin, head on down to Chapman Acura.

Those designers at Acura, under pressure to create a new, more attractive front-end for their cars, can now relax a little. The new look they created, based on Acura’s 2015 Precision concept, is great. The new A-Spec trim is designed to up the TLX sport ante significantly, and it does. It has a matte black grille surrounded with chrome, a rear diffuser, exclusive badging and 19-inch gray wheels. Lead TLX product planner Jonathon Rivers said the brand’s new A-spec variant offers Acura’s customer base a completely new option.

Every 2018 TLX model comes with AcuraWatch standard. This collection of sophisticated safety technologies includes forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and road departure mitigation. That means 70% of all the Acura vehicles sold will now have AcuraWatch.

TLX buyers have two engine choices. There’s a 2.4-liter 206 horsepower inline four-cylinder engine that produces 182 pound-feet of torque and a 3.5-liter, 290 horsepower V6 engine that delivers 267 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder engine is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission featuring paddle shifters. The V6 comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddles. Plus, the Acura SH-AWD system is both available and recommended.

The 2018 TLX’s interior, with its clean lines and high-end detailing, is very nice. It retains the popular dual-screen layout which lets drivers see both the navigation map and anything else they want without switching screens. The 8-inch upper screen is hooded and sits high up on the center stack. The lower part of the unit features a brand new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen. There’s also a completely new infotainment systems with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, there’s lots of headroom and legroom in the front and rear.

The 2018 Acura TLX with 4-cylinder engine starts at $33,000 while the V6 models beginning at $36,200.

 

Acura is taking another leap forward in automotive innovation with its True Touchpad technology. The new system is designed to eliminate distractions and help drivers keep their eyes on the road while giving them easier access the their in-car infotainment system. To see it in action or check out any Acura, head on down to Chapman Acura.

Today’s best automobile infotainment systems use menus, icons and other options that enable drivers to perform a wide range of tasks. These systems employ touch screens, controller knobs, voice commands, as well as gesture controls for drivers to navigate the software. But now Acura says it has developed a user interface called True Touchpad that’s better and more intuitive. They’ve incorporated it into the 2019 RDX Prototype, a vehicle industry insiders say will be Acura’s next SUV.

The Android-based system has two main components. A 10.2 inch high-resolution, color screen positioned in the line of sight of the driver at the top of the dashboard. A touch pad like those on laptops is the second component. It’s on the center console located between a large storage bin and the buttons replacing the gear selector. According to Acura, this technology, which is very easy to use with a little practice, has never before been used in a car.

It features 1:1 mapping and absolute positioning technology that allows the driver and front passenger to navigate the infotainment system. Each of the touch pad’s parts corresponds to that same area of the screen and has fingertip activation. The small touch pad requires a little getting used to and the icons can be rearranged and the most frequently used ones added to a favorites list for easy access. The setup enables drivers to keep their eyes up while using it.

The screen has two zones. One can use a small tile on the screen’s right side to display the map, while on the left side a larger tile shows the icon menu. The map can be displayed on the larger tile instantly by touching a button near the touch pad. Although it’s being called a prototype, the system is ready and is set to make its debut in Acura’s all-new 2019 RDX. It’ll be in other Acura models soon afterwards.

The next-generation RDX will feature a more assertive grille, sharper headlights and side panels with embedded discreet creases that reduce visual mass. The roofline is longer and flows into a hatch that’s more upright. The back lights are higher than before. The new RDX is longer and wider and all the changes give it an elegant, upmarket look. A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine replaces the current V-6 and increases torque by 40% to about 350 pound-feet. It’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission which helps to improve fuel economy.

The production version of the new RDX is expected to debut at the New York Auto Show in March and hit showrooms by late summer. It could have the prototype’s 21-inch wheels, exhaust tips, paint color and futuristic-looking mirrors. Get ready for Acura’s newest version of their smallest SUV, the 2019 RDX.