With CUVs and SUVs occupying the lion’s share of the automotive market and becoming a clear crowd favorite, Acura has been bold enough to invest and revamp in the 2019 Acura RLX, the largest sedan from this brand. Although 2019 Acura RLX is devoid of the bullet-proof branding which is present there in many of its competitors. However, it can never be said that the car has lost its charm owing to that.
The 2019 Acura RLX has got two models available, namely the standard and Sport Hybrid. The new model is ideally suited for both daily commutes and road trips.
2019 Acura RLX – Refreshed and much more Sportier Look
The 2019 Acura RLX is now going to endorse a pentagonal nose which would be replacing the old beak grille. Although much hasn’t really changed in the 2019 Acura RLX as far as the cabin goes. The legroom of the new model has been made exceedingly spacious and thereby provides optimum sitting comfort both to the passengers and the driver. In fact, it is so much spacious inside that it can quite comfortably accommodate four persons in the backseat without any complaint whatsoever.
The exterior design which is being inspired by the Precision Concept indeed makes an unquestionable performance statement. The car drives comfortably and rather quietly. New wheel designs are visible in the car as well. This model will have few exterior colors, each color is priced reasonable $400.
Standard and Optional Equipment
The base equipment includes some features like leather, navigation, tri-zone climate control, 12-way-power front seat position, 14-speaker system paired with Bluetooth and USB input is standard. One of the notable omissions in specs of the 2019 Acura RLX is the updated infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Advanced driver awareness and safety features help to prepare for the unexpected.
For the safety, there is forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist.
However, if you need more tech and safety, go for the Sport Hybrid variant. This one will have plenty of it like Krell audio system, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, surround-view camera, big head-up display and also parking sensors.
2019 Acura RLX – Comes with Two Engines Options
The 2019 Acura RLX accomplishes exemplary fuel economy while generating plenty of power and impressive handling. The car has torque-vectoring, gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.
The standard or base model comes with front-wheel drive and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6. This engine comes with the new 10-speed automatic transmission. This transmission will replace existing 6-speed automatic. It will produce 310 horsepower at 6,500 rpm with 272 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The fuel economy in the city/highway is 20/29 mpg. These numbers are acceptable and comfortable for such premium sedan.
2019 Acura RLX – Sport Hybrid Variant
The Sport Hybrid Variant will consist of the 3.5-liter V6 engine with three electric motors. The first one motor is placed at the front, and the other two are at the back. This one engine, unlike the standard one, comes with 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It will provide 377 horsepower combined with electric motors and 341 lb-ft of torque. The EPA city/highway for this type of engine is 28/29 mpg.
2019 Acura RLX – Debut and Costs
The 2019 Acura RLX will be available in showrooms from November 2018. However. it is more or less certain that price would remain almost the same as it was at the time of its predecessor.
We expect starting price for the base model of around $56,000. However, the RLX Sport Hybrid model will be much more priced with a tag of $63,000. The optional features will up the price by several thousand dollars. With its amazing features, the model for the upcoming year will have lots of rivals. Some that will lock horn with it are Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS, Audi A6 and Volvo S90.
Summing it up
The new model will have more technology embedded and an even fresher look compared to its predecessor. It will give its running rivals a good run for their money. But with certain common and key features that are evident in contemporary automobiles absent in the new Acura RLX, it would probably be best to leave it to time to say whether and how far it has matched and lived up to its own and people’s expectations. In a market dominated and ruled by SUVs and CUVs, the newest sedan will definitely attract a huge amount of fans.