NAIAS 2013 Preview: 2014 Acura RLX Flagship

During the week leading up to the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, The Driving Life will focus on the big news to expect from automakers, including vehicle launches and model updates.

Although the Acura RLX debuted last April and the production model was revealed at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show in November, expect to see to the RLX front and center in Detroit. The RLX is replacing the RL and American Honda Motor Co. is making it the flagship car for its luxury brand.

The all-new 2014 RLX luxury-performance sedan is being touted as “the most powerful, spacious and technologically advanced Acura sedan ever.” The RLX utilizes an all-new direct-injection engine, lightweight body structure and the first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ to deliver a new and dynamic driving experience. The next-generation AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car system makes its debut on the new RLX, offering a broad range of convenience, entertainment and security features.

The 2014 RLX is powered by an all-new 310-horsepower direct-injected SOHC 24-Valve i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management, and is expected to earn best-in-class estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/31/24 mpg (city/highway/combined). It also delivers full-size interior space in a nimbler, mid-size luxury sedan package and boasts the best rear-seat legroom (38.8 inches), longest tandem seating distance (36.4 inches) and best front and rear shoulder room in the mid-luxury class.

The 2014 Acura RLX is set to go on-sale at U.S. Acura dealers nationwide in the spring of 2013. A version of the RLX featuring Acura’s new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®) technology, producing 370 horsepower, will debut later in 2013.

Follow The Driving Life for exclusive, live coverage of NAIAS 2013 beginning Monday, Jan. 14.

[Source: Acura]