Acura's top-of-the-line 2018 RLX arrives in dealer showrooms with new front and rear styling carrying Acura's new design direction and its diamond pentagon grille. With a simplified lineup, two models are available, each in a single high-specification trim: The 2018 Acura RLX P-AWS starts with a MSRP of $54,900; The 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWDTM now starts at $61,900, a reduction of $4,050 compared to the out-going model with Advance Package.
RLX can be equiped in one of two distinct high-performance powertrains, making it the most powerful Acura after the NSX supercar. The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWDTM integrates a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. The RLX Sport Hybrid delivers 377 peak total system horsepower and 341 lb.-ft. peak total system torque with its powertrain sharing its basic concept and some components with the NSX. Also available is the 2018 Acura RLX P-AWS with Precision All-Wheel SteeringTM (P-AWS), powered by a 3.5-liter Direct Injection SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine delivering peak horsepower of 310 (SAE net) and 272 lb.-ft. of peak torque (SAE net) and mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission delivering a more responsive and refined driving experience. The RLX P-AWS has EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/29/23 mpg, and the RLX Sport Hybrid came in at 28/29/28 mpg (city/highway/combined).
In addition to the diamond pentagon grille, the RLX design enhancements include a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, newly designed LED taillights, exposed dual exhaust finishers and gloss black rear diffuser. Also offered is a fresh color pallet with six new exterior paint options (seven total) including two new premium colors - Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl.
Inside, there are new materials and touchpoints including completely redesigned Milano leather seats with high-contrast, piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option and available black headliner, all of which add a new level of sophistication to an interior with class-leading space and comfort.
Standard features on the RLX Sport Hybrid include a head-up display (HUD), premium Krell Audio System with 14 speakers, Surround View Camera, front and rear parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel and more.
Both 2018 RLX models feature the unique AcuraWatchTM suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, enhanced by the addition of the new Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control and Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) reduces driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle centered in the lane and at a set interval from a vehicle detected ahead.
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