The latest spy shots of an undisguised 2018 Acura TLX show us what the refreshed model will look like. As it turns out, the mid-cycle update will give this sedan Acura’s latest design language for the 2018 model year. Actually, the new exterior styling takes inspiration from Precision Concept that was first used on the MDX crossover. Another notable innovation will come in the form of a TLX Hybrid model. Rumor has it that the updated TLX could make its debut at one of the upcoming North American motor shows. As for the 2018 Acura TLX release date, expect it to hit the dealerships in the second half of 2017.
Design and Features
Just like the MDX, the 2018 Acura TLX will benefit from substantial changes on its front fascia. Expect the front end to sport a new take on Acura’s jewel LED lighting system and the diamond grille. The back gets reshaped taillights as well as a black lower portion that gives the TLX a sportier look. Interestingly, another prototype caught testing had a blacked-out lower rear fascia featuring round exhaust outlets. The same model also had a subtle trunk lid spoiler. So, expect a performance-oriented model to join the lineup as well, possibly badged as A-Spec.
When it comes to interior changes, expect the 2018 Acura TLX to offer notable improvements. Although the spy images don’t reveal too much of its refreshed cabin, it will receive better materials and several tweaks on the dashboard. Expect also to see Honda’s latest infotainment features applied in the upcoming TLX sedan.
2018 Acura TLX Specs
The base TLX is likely to use the familiar 2.4-liter four-cylinder that punches out 206 horsepower. Expect this unit to come mated with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The more powerful option will be the 3.5-liter V6 with its output boosted from 290 to 300 horsepower. The engine should come with either front-wheel drive or Acura’s all-wheel drive called SH-AWD. Rumor also has it that V6 models could adopt a 10-speed automatic instead of the current ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission. As for the hybrid TLX, expect it to use a version of Honda’s gas-electric setup with around 212 horsepower.
Pricing for the Acura TLX 2018 should stay within the same range as the current car. So, expect the entry-level four-cylinder model to start just under $33,000.