The 2015 Acura TLX is an all-new midsize sports sedan, a inheritor to a TL, and a third automobile in Acura’s re-envisioned performance-luxury sedan lineup, positioned between a ILX entry-luxury sedan and a RLX flagship Acura sedan.
Developed underneath a thesis of ‘Red Carpet Athlete,’ a all-new TLX is designed to broach a singular and constrained mix of sports-sedan athleticism and reward (red-carpet) oppulance refinement, while delivering on Acura’s ‘Synergy Between Man and Machine’ product instruction – characterized by vehicles that perform “at a will of a driver” with intuitive, refreshing and confidence-inspiring pushing dynamics.
To grasp a twin goal of even crook sports-sedan opening and increased oppulance refinement, a TLX employs a horde of new technologies, including dual new, high-output direct-injected i-VTEC engines; dual modernized new transmissions, including a world’s initial automotive Dual Clutch Transmission with torque converter; and a latest iterations of Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS), next-generation Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), and Agile Handling Assist (AHA). These new technologies, in multiple with a all-new physique and framework design, assistance conclude a TLX as a many boldly modernized Acura ever produced; discerning and manageable in sporty driving, fast and sure-footed in aloft speed maneuvers, ease and still during long-distance cruising.
The TLX was also designed to interest to a broader cross-section of oppulance sports-sedan customers, with a revoke cost of entrance and wider operation of powertrain and drivetrain options. There are 3 graphic TLX indication offerings:
- The TLX with 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower i-VTEC inline-4 with 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter, and Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS);
- The TLX with 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower i-VTEC V-6 with 9-speed involuntary smoothness and P-AWS;
- And a TLX SH-AWD with next-generation Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, accessible usually with a 3.5-liter, 290 horsepower V-6 and 9-speed automatic.
All 3 TLX models lift a prolonged list of customary oppulance comfort, preference and reserve features. TLX models with a 2.4-liter engine can be upgraded to a Technology package and models with a 3.5-liter engine are accessible with Technology or a line-topping Advance Package.
Design and Packaging
The TLX’s new chassis, powertrains and precision-handling technologies are wrapped in a buoyant new extraneous pattern with frozen physique surfaces, boldly sculpted buffer arches, and eloquent impression lines. Its sporting impression is emphasized by some-more compress sports-sedan proportions: Compared to a 2014 TL, a 2015 TLX is 3.7-inches shorter in altogether length while progressing a same wheelbase and tandem (front-to-rear) passenger-seating distance. The TLX’s front and back overhangs are condensed by 1.1 inches and 2.7 inches, respectively, when compared to a effusive TL.
Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, customary on all models, lend a TLX an modernized and bright-eyed coming while producing aloft down-the-road illumination. Its LED lighting thesis carries by to a LED-accented side mirrors, LED taillights and LED permit image illumination.
The TLX also facilities a new 60/40-split folding back seatback for larger cargo-carrying coherence and a new case pattern featuring a wider and deeper opening, a revoke lift-over height, a entirely prosaic load floor, and dual new discretionary underfloor storage compartments.
The TLX’s atmospheric five-passenger interior is designed and engineered to underscore a ‘Red Carpet Athlete’ growth thesis of a new TLX, providing a high grade of refinement, oppulance comfort and technological sophistication while ancillary an refreshing pushing experience. High-end reward elements embody a soft-touch, one-piece instrument row top cover, amalgamate and wood-grain accents, and accessible Milano leather chair trim.
The TLX offers an contentment of accessible oppulance facilities and technologies, including exhilarated and ventilated front seats, HomeLink®, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Smart Entry/Push Button Start keyless entrance system, Acura Navigation System with 3D view, and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting. A 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) hold screen, located in a core console, controls these and other features, and, with a contextual menus, displays applicable equipment while minimizing instrument row clutter.
The TLX also facilities a subsequent era of AcuraLink®, Acura’s cloud-based connected automobile system, charity Acura owners a extended operation of cloud-based and embedded convenience, connectivity and accessible confidence features. All TLX models come versed with Siri Eyes Free record that when interconnected with a concordant iPhone, allows a motorist to use a facilities of Siri regulating informed voice commands. Additional customary and accessible oppulance facilities includes one-touch turn-signals and energy windows, energy motorist and front newcomer seats, GPS-linked involuntary meridian control, tone Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance, LED accent lighting, HD Radio®, Pandora® and Aha™ integration, and HDMI and USB connectivity.
In gripping with Acura’s joining to delivering a world-class audio experience, a TLX in Technology and Advance trims come versed with a 455-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System, engineered privately for a TLX by mythological recording operative Elliot Scheiner.
TLX models featuring a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine implement an modernized new Electronic Gear Selector, regulating an discerning push-button array in place of a normal rigging lever, pardon adult center-console space while presenting an modernized and unconventional appearance. All TLX models incorporate an Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, which, when activated, retains stop vigour when a automobile is stopped, simplifying pushing in complicated trade or on high hills.
New TLX Powertrains
At a heart of a TLX’s jaunty sports-sedan opening capabilities are dual new powertrains, both utilizing direct-injection, i-VTEC valvetrains with non-static cam phasing, and low-friction technologies to broach aloft outlay and some-more linear and manageable energy delivery, as good as to hoard class-leading fuel-economy ratings.
The direct-injected 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC in-line 4, producing a rise 206 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque, is corresponding to an all-new 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter, a world’s initial smoothness of this form to be interconnected with a torque converter. Featuring Sequential SportShift, closely spaced ratios, ultra-quick shifts and involuntary rev-matching downshifts, a 8DCT gives a 2.4-liter TLX an aggressively sporting nonetheless polished feel. The torque converter provides unusually well-spoken operation in stop-and-go situations, and it offers off-the-line torque computation for almost softened initial acceleration that a DCT alone can't equal.
The direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), with a ability to deactivate 3 of a engine’s 6 cylinders, for softened fuel efficiency. The aluminum-alloy 24-valve engine produces a rise 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque, gains of 10 horsepower and 13 lb.-ft. contra a 2014 TL 3.5-liter engine. The engine is corresponding to a new 9-speed involuntary smoothness with wider rigging ratios featuring Sequential SportShift. The new 9-speed section is almost lighter than a 6-speed involuntary in a prior TL, with a wider altogether ratio operation and some-more closely spaced particular rigging ratios to raise both opening and fuel efficiency. No rival automobile in a shred offers as many smoothness ratios.
TLX models featuring a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 9AT also implement an modernized new Electronic Gear Selector that replaces a normal rigging push with an discerning and easy-to-operate push-button array. The new interface frees adult center-console space while presenting an modernized and unconventional appearance.
The TLX SH-AWD also incorporates a model-exclusive idle-stop capability for softened fuel efficiency. A new 28-volt Active Control engine mountain significantly reduces engine quivering during restarts.
The TLX versed with a 2.4-liter engine has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 24/35/281 mpg city/hwy/combined, among a top for any automobile in a class. The TLX with a 3.5-liter V-6 with P-AWS has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/34/251 mpg (+1 city/+5 highway contra a two-wheel-drive 2014 TL). The TLX SH-AWD has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/31/251 (+3 city/+4 highway contra a 2014 TL SH-AWD).
Acura Precision-Handling Technologies
Two-wheel-drive TLX models, with possibly a 2.4-liter or 3.5-liter engine, come versed with a latest iteration of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS). This new P-AWS complement was integrated into a elemental framework pattern from a beginning stages of development, permitting engineers to take full advantage of a eccentric left and right rear-wheel toe angle control to raise altogether doing precision, low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.
The TLX SH-AWD facilities a new hydraulically tranquil iteration of Acura’s acclaimed torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). This next-generation SH-AWD complement is 25 percent lighter with reduced friction. The new rear-drive section is constantly overdriven by 2.7-percent (compared to 1.7 percent on a prior system), providing a larger torque-vectoring outcome opposite a broader spectrum of pushing situations and serve enhancing cornering capability during revoke speeds and in tighter-radius corners.
Near-limit and high speed maneuvering capabilities of both a P-AWS and SH-AWD models are serve extended by a use of Agile Handling Assist (AHA), that utilizes a TLX’s Vehicle Stability Assist and reward 6-piston stop modulator to emanate a bend impulse (a automobile branch force), assisting a motorist uniformly and simply snippet a preferred line with smaller steering-wheel inputs. AHA stabilizes a automobile progressing than compulsory VSA, ensuing in some-more flexible and enchanting energetic opening in bland pushing conditions.
All TLX models also underline a latest growth of Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), that allows drivers to customize their pushing knowledge by 4 selectable modes – ECON, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Depending on a setting, IDS will adjust power-steering effort, stifle response, smoothness change logic, HVAC complement operation, and a control proof for possibly a P-AWS or SH-AWD systems. The new Sport+ mode, a initial for Acura, unlocks a full opening intensity of a TLX with a many assertive settings in all areas.
Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies
The TLX also advances Acura’s repute for delivering cutting-edge reserve and driver-assistive technologies. The TLX is a initial Acura automobile to muster a new mild monocular camera and millimeter call radar complement that expands both a fealty and range of a vehicle’s road-sensing capabilities. This alloy of camera and radar record underpins a TLX’s accessible Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBS) that can now yield extended car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian collision slackening while also enhancing a capabilities of a Adaptive Cruise Control.
The TLX is a initial Acura automobile to muster a new Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system, that is enclosed with a Advance Package. RDM uses a monocular camera to commend embellished line lines, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers to establish line boundaries. When a vehicle’s stream travelling instruction would means it to wandering from a rescued lane, a complement warns a motorist and assists by requesting visual steering submit and, if required, braking force to assistance a motorist say their stream lane.
Additional customary and accessible driver-assistive facilities embody Blind Sport Information (BSI), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Expanded View Driver’s Side Mirror, Lane Keep Assist (LKAS) and new Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM).
The TLX also employs Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) physique structure, along with modernized supplemental patience systems – including front, side, side-curtain and driver’s knee airbags – to yield a high turn of passenger insurance in a far-reaching spectrum of collision scenarios. The TLX is expected to acquire a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in a NHTSA’s NCAP reserve ratings, and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
All-New TLX Body and Chassis
The TLX is built on an all-new height (body and chassis) that was designed from a belligerent adult to support and raise a vehicle’s superb pushing dynamics, luxury-sedan refinement, class-leading fuel potency and high-level collision reserve performance.
The framework facilities a newly designed four-wheel eccentric cessation complement – McPherson Strut front and multi-link back – with revised geometry and new Amplitude Reactive Dampers for softened float comfort and doing performance. New Motion-Adaptive Electronic Power Steering delivers a high turn of steering pointing and responsiveness while helping fuel efficiency. It also works cooperatively with a vehicle’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) traction-control complement to assistance a motorist say automobile control in sleazy highway conditions.
The TLX’s section physique utilizes modernized lightweight materials, including ultra-high-strength steels, aluminum (hood, fender beams and front subframe) and magnesium (steering hangar beam), to minimize weight while providing for a high grade of acerbity that advantages both energetic opening and passenger safety. Also incorporated into a physique is a subsequent era Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) frontal physique structure, and a new one-piece, hot-stamped-steel doorway stiffener ring, identical to a pattern initial practical on a 2014 Acura MDX. The new, sleeker physique pattern is also optimized for class-leading aerodynamic potency and boasts a 15 percent alleviation in CdA contra a effusive TL
In their bid to significantly revoke a penetration of wind, highway and engine sound into a cabin, Acura engineers paid special courtesy to physique sealing, shortening open atmosphere paths by 50 percent compared to a effusive TL. The TLX is also a initial Acura to implement acoustic mist foam, that is practical in10 vicious plcae via a body. Additional noise-reduction facilities embody triple doorway seals, a stretched focus of physique sealing and sound absorptive materials, an acoustic potion windshield, and electronic Active Noise Control (ANC).