2012 LA: 2014 Acura RLX debuts in production form, gets EPA-rated 24 mpg combined

Here it is – the 2014 Acura RLX in full production form. The model made its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show and will go on sale in the U.S. in the spring of 2013. The 2014 Acura RLX will be available in five grades – the well-equipped RLX, the RLX with Navigation, the feature-packed RLX with Technology package, the RLX with Krell Audio package, and the top-of-the-line RLX with Advance package.

The 2014 RLX uses an all-new direct-injection engine, lightweight body structure, and the first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer – a system that the company says delivers a new and dynamic driving experience. The model also introduces the next-generation AcuraLink cloud-based connected car system.

“The 2014 Acura RLX heralds the introduction of a number of new signature Acura technologies that provide the driver a feeling of connection to the product, to the road, and to the world from the very moment they enter the vehicle,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. “The RLX embodies the Acura commitment to create vehicles with outstanding handling that truly respond to the will of the driver.”

Power for the 2014 Acura RLX comes from a 3.5 liter direct-injected V6 making 310-hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a reengineered Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2014 RLX gets an EPA estimated 20/31/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Acura will also introduce another version of the RLX in late 2013 featuring the company’s new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) system, producing 370 horsepower. The model is expected to get 30 mpg across the board.

2012 LA Auto Show

– By: Omar Rana