It was hard to get excited about the news that a new Honda TLX sedan is going to be revealed this year, with the dull design of the most recent model still fresh in our memory. That was until we learned that the new TLX will be a performance model – and now we know it’s making its debut at the New York Auto Show on April 11. Compared to the boring model before it, the 2018 TLX will mark a radical new direction for Acura’s design language, with aggressive, sporty styling inspired by the alluring Acura Precision Concept.
That’s certainly not a bad thing, because the Precision Concept was the best looking car seen from Acura in years. A teaser image shows the new TLX will have a completely redesigned front-end to mimic the Precision Concept, with a new grille, bumper and redesigned headlights. In addition, the interior will include “premium features and technology enhancements that place the TLX among the most technologically advanced and well-equipped cars in its segment. The 2018 TLX will receive new styling elements that ratchet up its emotion and reflect Acura’s focus on Precision Crafted Performance,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager.
Acura customers embraced the MDX when we raised its game with bold, new styling, and we’re pumped to show how we’re elevating the TLX experience.”
No other details have been revealed. The current model has a choice of either a 2.4-liter engine that produces 206-hp and 182 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.5-liter V6 with 290-hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Since the new TLX is targeting enthusiasts, you would expect an significant power output increase, but more will no doubt be revealed in a few weeks.