Just like Toyota produces high end models through their Lexus
nametag, Honda does the same via their Acura subsidiary. The
Acura RLX is a premium sedan which is pretty impressive in the
market. The model seems to get better with each release.
The new 2017 Acura RLX model will feature mild changes on its
exterior profile and interior styling. However, people
criticized the outgoing model’s engine prompting Honda to equip
the upcoming Acura RLX with a hybrid engine. Except for the
engine changes, the vehicle only features cosmetic changes and
nothing significant compared to the predecessor model.
2017 Acura RLX Exterior
The exterior profile will remain unchanged from the previous
model except for a few tweaks. The vehicle has a low sideline
but with a high ground clearance level of 2.4 inches. Its
chassis has been made with lightweight materials which have
significantly reduced its curb weight.
Both the front and rear bumpers will be redesigned to give the
model a more elegant look. The grille will also be redesigned
and will feature a chrome finish and the Acura logo at the
center. The air vents and fog lights will also be redesigned.
The front and rear fascias will have a dose of chrome detailing
which also extends around the windows.
Both the headlights and taillights feature LED lighting
technology. The four door sedan will ride on 18-inch wheels
with an option for 20-inch wheels.
2017 Acura RLX Interior
Since this is a mid-cycle refresh, the model will only feature
subtle changes. The cabin will be equipped with premium
features common with similar premium quality sedans. To conform
to these standards, even the base model will be well equipped
with premium features to rival competitors. The cabin will be
spacious and will comfortably accommodate five passengers with
sufficient leg room. The 2017 Acura RLX sedan also has a large
The seats are upholstered in leatherette and will have heated
front seats. Other standard equipment includes an 8.8-inch
touch-screen display, a navigation system, a three-zone
automatic climate control, keyless entry and a moon roof.
For entertainment, the RLX features a premium 10-speaker sound
system with satellite radio and HD radio, and an upgraded
infotainment system. Connectivity features like Bluetooth, USB
ports, Smartphone integration and Wi-Fi connectivity will also
be offered as standard.
On matters safety, the Acura RLX is equipped with a rear view
camera, a blind spot monitoring system, a forward collision
alert system, lane departure warning, stability control,
traction control and ABS. For more buyers can opt for the
Advance Package, Technology package or the Navigation Package.
The three packages have earned the Acura the nickname “the
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the 2017 Acura RLX will have two drive-trains,
a conventional engine and a hybrid one. Standard models will
feature a 3.5 L, V-6 unit which comes good with 310 hp and 272
lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic
gearbox which sends power to all wheels via the automaker’s
Precision AWD system.
The second engine is a hybrid unit which comprises the similar
3.5 L, V-6 engine with an electric motor. The motor adds 47 hp
and when combined with the petrol engine, the drive-train
produces 380 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
The base model has an estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in city
and 24 mpg on highway drives while the hybrid version returns
28 mpg on city and 30 mpg on highway drives.
Price and release date
Acura is yet to release official information regarding the 2017
Acura RLX price or scheduled release date. However, according
to rumors, the model will be released in late 2016.
Prices are expected to vary slightly and will more or less fall
in the current model’s price range. As such, the base model
will have a starting price of around $ 51,000 MSRP while hybrid
models will start at around $ 60,000.