2014 NYIAS Preview: 2015 Acura TLX

After revealing the prototype in Detroit in January, Acura is ready to debut the production version of the all-new TLX. The performance-luxury sedan will make its world debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show during Acura’s press conference on April 16 inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

The 2015 TLX, which will be replacing the TL and TSX models, will offer two new powertrains: a 2.4-liter 16-valve, direct-injected i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine mated to an all-new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with torque converter; and a 3.5-liter 24-valve direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission. There is no official word yet on power numbers or fuel economy.

The all-new TLX will also offer two-wheel-drive models and the a next-generation of Acura’s Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). Two-wheel drive will be available with either the 2.4- or 3.5-liter engines and will utilize the next generation of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) technology with independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control. SH-AWD is available exclusively with the 3.5-liter engine and is 25-percent lighter than the previous generation, while also incorporating new torque-vectoring control logic.

Acura did not display the interior during the vehicle’s initial debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, so New York will reveal a first glance inside. According to Acura, the TLX was designed to deliver “vault-like quietness in all driving conditions,” so the vehicle boasts major improvements in noise reduction through added body stiffness, body sealing and sound insulation and electronic Active Noise Control.

Acura said that TLX will be available with its most advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Indicator.