The brand’s flagship sedan will come pretty much unchanged for the next year. However, there is still enough space for some smaller improvements on the 2019 Acura RLX. The attractive large luxury sedan has been updated recently. It received various novelties. Some of most interesting changes are in terms of visual appearance. The new version looks much better, thanks to many new details. Also, we have seen some nice changes on the inside.
Finally, there is a new Sport Hybrid SH version, which brings experiences from the NSX supercar. With the new hybrid powertrain, it is almost certain that the 2019 RLX will increase its sales numbers, which were not so good in past few years. Finally, there is a chance to finally see those small but significant connectivity changes, such as smartphone integration. The new model should come in usual time, which is in this case in late 2018.
2019 Acura RLX redesign
The last-year mid-cycle update has brought various changes. So, we are pretty sure that the 2019 Acura RLX will come almost completely unchanged. Although the current 2018-year model kept same base characteristics, there are many new things, especially in the visual aspect. This large sedan finally adopts the brand’s newest design language. So, it comes with a new pentagonal grille, new LED head and tail lights, new hood design and new chrome exhaust finishers.
On the inside, there are some nice novelties as well. First of all, there is a new steering wheel, as well as new front seats. Also, the company introduced new better-quality materials, wood trim, and a new interior color called Espresso. However, this luxury car still doesn’t feature smartphone integration and this is something that could finally come for the 2019 Acura RLX, among few other minor novelties.
2019 Acura RLX equipment
This sedan comes with a lot of equipment and the 2019 Acura RLX will continue in the same way. The list of standard features is pretty long. Besides those usual comfort and technology features, all models also come with the famous AcuraWatch package. It includes various safety systems. Those are forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, as well as Traffic Jam Assist. Also, there is a new Sport Hybrid Version. It adds standard features like heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel, a Krell audio system, an around-view camera system, parking sensors, LED fog lights.
2019 Acura RLX engines
The base 2019 Acura RLX will continue with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine. This unit is good for about 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. It comes in a pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Besides great performances, this engine also features pretty decent fuel economy. It goes around 23 miles per gallon in a combined drive. Besides standard gasoline engine, there is also a hybrid version. It uses many design solutions from the NSX.
Just like the famous supercar, it also comes with three electric motors. This time, those two wheel-motors are on the rear axle, making an AWD layout. A total output of this system goes around 377 horsepower and 341 pound-feet of torque. Transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy goes around 29 mpg in a combined drive.
2019 Acura RLX release date and price
We expect 2019 Acura RLX to hit the market somewhere in late 2018. Also, the price should remain pretty much the same, which means in a range between 55.000 and 63.000 dollars, roughly. Competition is tough. There are models like Audi A6, Lincoln Continental, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class etc.