Known for being one of the discreet and sober offerings of the luxury sedan segment, the TLX needed refreshing in order to compete with the big players in that field, such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series. Since the merge between the TL and the TSX models to produce the TLX, this sedan has catered to a class of buyers looking for luxury, but not “look-at-me”.
In the same line of thought, the 2018 TLX welcomes a redesign that features a few new cosmetic elements such as the new signature diamond pentagon grille, a slightly wider stance and remodelled Jewel Eye headlights. Inside, The TLX offers new technologies, with the now segment-necessary Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and AcuraWatch offered as standard on all grades.
No changes in the engine department
The 2018 Acura TLX is still offered with the 2.4-liter four cylinder engine with its 205 horsepower output, while the SH-AWD version is powered by the 3.5-liter six cylinder engine developing 290 horsepower.
TLX A-Spec, for those who want a little bit more
The 2018 TLX reintroduces the TLX A-Spec package that pushes the sedan a little further in terms of looks and dynamics. Offered on both 4-cylinder and SH-AWD versions, the A-Spec package adds an exclusive front fascia, round LED fog lights, large round dual-exhaust finishers and rear diffuser. A new a sport-tuned suspension with more dynamic damper settings is also on the equipment list.
For performance enthusiasts, the SH-AWD models equipped with the TLX A-Spec package will come with a stiffer spring rate receive a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar.
Inside A-Spec equipped TLX’s, exclusive leather seats with increased bolstering, red driver’s meter highlights, brushed aluminum-look interior trim and a different steering wheel are on the menu.
The changes are subtle, but they aim to rejuvenate the target market while keeping the model’s identity in the competitive luxury sedan segment. The 2018 Acura TLX will hit the dealerships in June.