2015 Acura TLX – Spy Shots, Changes, Features
Once again, Acura fans will have a reason for delight – the brand new 2015 Acura TLX. Honda, whose premium brand Acura is, decided to challenge the overwhelming competition in the luxurious mid-size sedan market segment. The third generation of the Acura TL will be officially presented next year as an answer to the demanding market struggle. Besides the letter X in the name, the new 2015 Acura TLX will get a lot more and it will need it, because of the serious task it has. The management decided the 2015 Acura TLX to be the successor of the both TL and TSX lines. It’s place within the Acura palette will be between the ILX and RLX models. If we know that the most significant competitors of the new 2015 Acura TLX are Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, Cadillac ATS, BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-class, we can imagine what kind of expectations Honda has and how hard it is to reach it.
2015 ACURA TLX NEW DESIGN
The new 2015 Acura TLX will be based on Honda Accord. Therefore, it will be reduced in size in comparison with the previous generation, but it is also expected to be lighter than Acura TL. The exterior of the 2015 Acura TLX isn’t seen yet, but we hope the body hidden under the camouflage to be attractive enough to let this model engage in the market fight against severe competition. However, on this spy photos we can see the new Acura model will have “Jewel-Eye” LED headlights. Acura’s European opponents in this market segment have set the bar pretty high when it comes to the interior design and quality of materials used inside. That’s one of the reasons why the previous Acura generations put the question mark behind their high-class and luxury features and why the Acura TL lost it’s position in the luxury category, so the manufacturer had to intervene by producing the TLX, a line of Acura which should become a synonym of luxury and elegance. The new 2015 Acura TLX have to excell in that field, since there is a lot of luxury offered in this market niche. Simply put, only brilliant is good enough.
2015 ACURA TLX ENGINE, TRANSMISSION AND DRIVE
The new 2015 Acura will have installed 3.5-liter V-6, which can give from 290 to 310 horsepower. We expect a front-wheel drive to use the power of the engine. There is no data of transmission yet. There are announcements that the 2015 Acura TLX also may have Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. That option will have the same engine as the basic model, but it will have a 40 horsepower motor/generator. The rear wheels will be powered by additional two electric motors with 27 horsepower each. Therefore, the system as a whole will have around 370 horsepower.
2015 ACURA TLX EXPECTED PRICE AND RELEASE
It’s hard to say how much the new 2015 Acura TLX will cost, but the price is estimated in the range between $30000 and $40000. A price like this and the revival of Acura as essentially premium brand by manufacturing the 2015 Acura TLX to suit high demands, will probably be the cause of turbulence in the mid-size sedan market segment, when it enters the showrooms next year.