Acura freshens flagship RLX sedan

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"This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle", said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager, in a statement. While not all new, there's a host of changes both inside and out, through the two powertrains carry over unchanged. Well, the 2018 Acura RLX has landed and it really wants you to take this "Sport Hybrid" thing seriously. The vehicle will make its full reveal next week at Pebble Beach before it hits showrooms later this year.

The 2018 Acura RLX will go on sale in November. Sales have been slow, though a slimmed down lineup may help that. The Acura symbol is more prominent at center and new LED headlamps with a sharper edge flank the grille. That's a lot of acronyms, but there's a lot of tech behind those names.

As the division's flagship sedan, the 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is equipped with a 3-motor hybrid powertrain that incorporates a 3.5-liter V6 to put out a combined 377 horsepower driving all four wheels. The base 3.5-liter V-6 still makes 310 hp but now is paired with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2018 RLX gets Acura's new diamond pentagon grille, that's already been bolted onto the TLX and MDX. It's handsome and sure to be less divisive than before.

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Interior updates include more premium materials and touchpoints as well as all-new seats, which now feature contrast piping and stitching.

The 2018 Acura RLX is complimented by three new exterior colors including two premium paint offerings - Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl. That comes from the NSX supercar, one of the coolest Acura models to debut in recent years.

Standard features on the Sport Hybrid will include 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, and remote starting.

Perhaps the biggest advancements for the 2018 RLX, aside from its styling changes, are in its AcuraWatch advanced driver assistance suite, which now includes Traffic Jam Assist, which applies the technology used in adaptive cruise control and low-speed following to alleviate the stresses of driving in tedious, gridlock traffic. Although not meant to fully drive the vehicle, Acura's Traffic Jam Assist is capable of doing much of the work in those congested situations.

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