NAIAS 2014 Preview: 2015 Acura TLX Prototype

2015 Acura TLX Prototype to Debut at the 2014 North American Int

With the press preview days of the 2014 North American Auto Show kicking off on Jan. 13, The Driving Life will look at some of the most anticipated models that will debut at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

With the TL gone and the TSX in its final model year, Acura’s temporary lack of a new vehicle in the mid-size segment will be addressed in Detroit with the debut of the 2015 TLX prototype.

Acura is describing the all-new TLX, which will hit showrooms in the second half of 2014, as a “next-generation luxury sports sedan” targeted for the same demographic as TL and TSX buyers. There aren’t many more substantial details out right now aside from the fact that the new model will have two brand-new powertrain options and will be available in two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The TLX will also have the same cabin space as its TL predecessor.

The TLX will slip right in between Acura’s two other sedans in the lineup – the entry-level ILX and the flagship RLX – which debuted for the 2013 and 2014 model years, respectively. In last year’s North American International Auto Show, Acura debuted the redesigned 2014 MDX Prototype, which made its full debut at the New York International Auto Show and went on sale in the summer of 2013. It looks like the TLX will follow that same path.

The TLX was designed, developed and built completely in the U.S., beginning with Acura’s Los Angeles Design Studio, through the Research & Development center in Ohio and out at the auto plant in Marysville, Ohio.

“This all-new Acura TLX is the perfect blend of style and muscle with its elegant, well-proportioned exterior that cloaks the true sport sedan chassis and powertrain beneath,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of American Honda, in an official statement. “The sporty characteristics that customers found appealing in the TSX are even more pronounced in this aggressive new TLX.”

Accavitti will be speaking at Acura’s official press conference to unveil the TLX on Jan. 14 at 11:05 a.m. at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

The TLX will like also join the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which made its debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Nov. 20, 2013 (pictured below).

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

[Source: Acura]