Acura Automobiles: 2018 Acura TLX Press Kit


From Left to Right – TLX V6 Advance Package, TLX V6 A-Spec

Redesigned and significantly enhanced, a 2018 TLX represents a new face of Acura. Inspired by a Acura Precision Concept, a new demeanour is some-more aggressive, sporty and alluring, formulating uninformed manifest interest from any angle. Subtle changes to stance, proportion, wheels and piece steel effectively boost a TLX’s tension and character.

Front-end styling is totally new brazen of a A-pillars, including a plain pentagon grille, buffer and revoke fascia, lighting, hood and fenders. The sculptured fenders and modern, clever hood are tangible by frail impression lines that are assured and captivating, relating a TLX’s clever energetic characteristics and imbuing a redesigned TLX with Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA.

Wheel and tire choices are stretched to 4 graphic offerings trimming in hole from 17 to 19 inches. Redesigned side sills approach courtesy to a rear, where a 2018 TLX showcases one of 3 singular behind fascia, buffer and empty treatments, all boosting a sporty and romantic interest of a new TLX.

Key Body and Exterior Features

  • NEW: Revised extraneous styling front and rear
  • NEW: More absolute LED Jewel Eye™ headlights with Auto On/Off
  • NEW: LED daytime regulating lights (DRL)
  • NEW: Auto high beams
  • NEW: LED front spin signals
  • NEW: Available Still Night Blue Pearl extraneous tone (A-Spec)
  • NEW: 17-inch skinny 10 spoke amalgamate circle (standard)
  • NEW: Available 18-inch 15 spoke amalgamate wheels (Advance Package)
  • NEW: Available 19-inch apart 5 spoke amalgamate wheels (A-Spec)
  • Acoustic froth practical to vicious physique sections
  • Acoustic windshield glass
  • Active control engine mounts
  • Aluminum components
  • Available auto-dimming side mirrors
  • Available LED haze lights
  • Available sleet intuiting windshield wipers
  • Capless Fueling System
  • Available twin empty outlets
  • Efficient underbody airflow
  • Electric case lid and fuel lid release
  • Heated Side Mirrors
  • Hemmed behind circle arch
  • LED tail-, puddle-, license-  and side-mirror lights
  • Magnesium steering hanger lamp
  • Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) mitigation
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • One-Touch Turn Signals
  • Rigid, lightweight body
  • Smart Entry with Push Button Start
  • Ultra-high strength steel

Details of a 2018 TLX’s revised extraneous include:

TLX and TLX with Technology Package
Following a recently introduced MDX, a 2018 TLX is a second indication to underline Acura’s signature plain pentagon grille, finished in shimmer black with a splendid approximate and displaying a vast 6.4-inch Acura splendid badge in a center. Flanking a grille are redesigned Jewel-Eye™ LED headlight arrays regulating 5 LEDs per side and surrounded by wing-shaped LED DRLs. Below a sold grille, a buffer and revoke fascia take on sporty new shapes, with aerodynamic diaplanes during a outdoor corners of a revoke fascia mimicking a demeanour of a racing prototype. Large openings during a corners of a fascia continue a hexagonal grille motif. The new hood is some-more multidimensional than a prior TLX, with 3 wilful impression lines formulating a “power bulge” during a core and giving a TLX front finish a confidant coming in a far-reaching operation of lighting conditions.

The customary wheels are a new 17×7.5J skinny 10-spoke aluminum amalgamate with a Pewter paint and machined finish on a 4-cylinder TLX, and 18-inch apart 5-spoke aluminum amalgamate with Shark Gray paint and machined finish on a V6 TLX. At a behind of a TLX are redesigned LED taillights with splendid trim, a singular new buffer and fascia with dim twin empty tips, an Acura badge during a core of a case lid, and a TLX badge on a right side. Safety reflectors are located on a outward edges of a revoke fascia. All V6 versed TLX models have unprotected twin empty outlets and a sport-inspired four-vane behind diffuser.

TLX V6 A-Spec
Broadening a interest of a V6 powered TLX for enthusiasts, a disdainful new A-Spec injects even some-more of Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA. The assertive styling upgrades start with a singular grille finished with a dim chrome approximate and a extended additional opening underneath a buffer that evokes a racecar’s engine atmosphere intake. Adding to a A-Spec’s confidant display is a singular revoke fascia with vast outdoor openings featuring spin 2.75-inch hole LED haze lights, serve highlighted by dim chrome trim. The redesigned Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights use a dim housing for total character.

Unique A-Spec badges are located on a front fenders, while a side windows are surrounded in matte black trim, serve specifying a A-Spec. The revoke side sill ornament is aerodynamically shaped, and a wheels are 19×8.0J apart 5-spoke aluminum amalgamate with Shark Gray paint married to far-reaching 245/40R tires that emanate a some-more assertive position while heightening a doing experience. (See a Chassis territory for some-more information.)

In back, darker “smoked” taillights, a decklid mounted gloss-black spoiler, and a behind buffer and fascia that are physique tone above and black next all assistance to heed a TLX A-Spec during a glance. An A-Spec badge is also positioned on a revoke left of case lid, along with an SH-AWD (when a car is so equipped) badge on a right side. Beneath a behind fascia is an exclusively styled aerodynamic diffuser. Additional singular behind pattern elements of a confidant A-Spec embody unprotected dual-exhaust outlets with 4-inch spin splendid finishers, and atmosphere opening facilities finished with black hexagonal grilles during a fascia corners.

TLX V6 Advance Package
The technologically modernized demeanour of a TLX with Advance Package starts during a front with a serve of trapezoidal LED haze lights. On a sides of a vehicle, streamlined revoke sills underline splendid trim for a worldly appearance. The Advance Package also gets singular 18×7.5J apart 15-spoke aluminum amalgamate wheels with Shark Gray paint and a machined finish.

At a behind of a Advance Package is a body-color decklid spoiler identical to that on a A-Spec. Also enclosed on a Advance Package is a behind buffer and fascia that singly adds splendid finishers during a outdoor edges, molded in a wing pattern to impersonate a vehicle’s front LED DRLs. Further augmenting a sporty character, a Advance Package has singular trapezoidal made twin exhausts outlets mirroring a front haze lights and an A-Spec-like behind diffuser.

Overall Design Philosophy
Since a strange introduction in 2015, a TLX has been designed to support a twin goals voiced in a car’s “Red Carpet Athlete” theme:

  • Major oppulance appeal, represented as cabin quietness, float comfort and styling refinement.
  • Exhilarating and jaunty sports-sedan opening total with class-leading reserve facilities and ratings.

To grasp these sometimes-competing goals, Acura engineers employed modernized materials, including ultra-high-strength steel grades, aluminum and magnesium for rigidity, collision opening and weight savings. Special courtesy was paid to inner physique acerbity in areas where a physique joins a suspension, engine and subframes, and to improvements in physique sealing and sound insulation.

The physique also is designed to yield a high spin of newcomer pile-up insurance incorporating Acura’s latest meditative in modernized physique design, including a next-generation of a Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) front physique structure and one-piece hot-stamped-steel doorway ring (see Safety territory for some-more detail).

Dynamic and Athletic Proportions
With a low and far-reaching stance, a 2018 TLX possesses a buoyant extraneous form and frozen physique surfaces wise a sports sedan. This sporting impression is serve tangible by brief front and behind overhangs, boldly sculpted buffer arches, and eloquent impression lines. Even a newly re-sculptured hood, with a neatly creased shared and executive ridgelines, denotes a opening capabilities of a powertrains it conceals. Meanwhile, a open and ethereal hothouse provides autocratic steer lines, with slim A-pillars providing a glorious prominence compulsory for pushing delight and safety.

“Just Right” Dimensions
The TLX’s “just right” physique measure outcome from a routine office of aerodynamic efficiency, interior roominess, energetic performance, serenity and refinement, and of march artistic expression. The redesign of a 2018 indication yields minimal dimensional changes compared to a 2017 model. The new TLX has a same 109.3-inch wheelbase, ideally positioning it between a smaller ILX sports sedan and RLX premium, oppulance sedan.

All 2018 TLX share a same 73.0 in. altogether breadth and 57.0-inch altogether tallness with a 2017 indication while altogether length increases somewhat to 191.7 inches (191.5 for A-Spec).

In comparison to a pivotal competitors, a 2018 TLX boasts an altogether length larger than a Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans. It is also significantly wider than a Lexus ES and Cadillac ATS sedans.

2017 TLX vs. 2018 TLX Exterior Dimensions

Rigid Lightweight Body
Light weight and acerbity are a twin foundations for TLX comfort, doing and reserve performance. Low mass is achieved by a mixed of modernized engineering and a use of high-strength steel, magnesium and aluminum unit-body components, while physique acerbity is extended by accurate engineering — quite in optimizing pivotal member wise points, tortuous acerbity and torsional acerbity in a unit-body structure.

Aerodynamic Efficiency
In sequence to change performance, fuel potency and low emissions, Acura designers blended a TLX’s energetic styling with aerodynamic detailing. The revised front fascia, hood, fenders and behind fascia on all 2018 TLX trims were tested and proven by a use of worldly computational liquid dynamics (CFD), as good as in a scale breeze hovel and in high-precision coast-down testing. Together, these processes assistance minimize a regulating insurgency (the volume of appetite that is mislaid as a TLX moves along a highway and by a air).

Hemmed Rear Wheel Arch
The behind circle arches use a special roll-hemming routine that formula in an generally purify corner and well-spoken appearance. In elementary terms, a wheel-arch “hems” are a circuitous sheet-metal edges that approximate a behind tires. In a TLX, a special hemming routine is used instead of mark welds to join a center and outdoor buffer sheet-metal on a inside of a buffer opening. The outcome is a reduced tire-to-fender opening that improves aerodynamics, rejecting of manifest spot-welds and a cleaner appearance.

High Strength Steel
To grasp a high acerbity that promotes a well-spoken and still ride, frail steering and handling, reserve opening and long-term durability, a TLX utilizes 6 opposite grades of high-strength steel (HSS) in 52 percent of a physique structure by weight. This high-grade, high-tensile strength steel adds a compulsory acerbity for these certain traits but adding extreme weight, that in spin enhances fuel potency and lowers emissions. Altogether, 59 percent of a TLX physique is combined from a mixed of high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium.


2018 TLX Body Structure

High strength steel uses include:

  • USIBOR — USIBOR is a boron-alloyed steel with an aluminum-silicon cloaking that protects opposite burning during a heating, combining and hardening process. This high-strength hot-stamp steel is used for a TLX’s doorway opening rings, for 5 percent of a territory body. (See Safety territory for some-more information.)
  • 980 class HSS — Used in certain pivotal constructional points such as a front edges of a doorway sills, and in a A-pillars and B-pillars, for 2 percent of a territory body.
  • 780 class HSS — Used for many constructional bucket paths for ACE™, including a side sills and brazen spars of territory body, for 2 percent of a territory body.
  • 590 class HSS — Used for a front support spars, building and roof supports, for 35 percent of a territory body.
  • 440 class HSS — Used in a front bulkhead, and in front and behind energy-absorbing structures, for 5 percent of a territory body.
  • 340 class HSS — Sheet steel is used in a roof, for 3 percent of a territory body.

Aluminum Components
Aluminum stampings are used in certain pivotal locations to revoke a TLX’s quell weight, that provides advantages in handling, fuel potency and emissions reductions. Altogether, a aluminum components contain 6 percent of a TLX’s physique weight, a assets of 27.8 pounds compared to allied steel components.

Among a aluminum physique components are:

  • Hood
  • Front buffer beam
  • Rear buffer beam
  • Front subframe (hybrid aluminum/steel)

Magnesium Steering Hanger Beam
Located inside a instrument panel, a 3-piece magnesium steering-hanger lamp serves as a constructional connection indicate for a steering column, pedals and instrument panel, as good as a constructional member that helps a newcomer cabin keep a figure in certain collisions. This singular clever magnesium member creates adult 2 percent of a TLX’s physique weight.

The steering-hanger lamp offers several advantages:

  • Simple construction — Created from usually 3 collection instead of mixed extrusions and stampings, a magnesium steering hanger prop improves construction precision.
  • Light weight — The magnesium steering hanger lamp saves 2.7 pounds compared to a allied aluminum and steel assembly, assisting to allege a TLX’s float and handling, urge fuel potency and revoke emissions.
  • Exacting fit and finish — The accurate tolerances of a magnesium steering hanger prop concede accurate instrument row fit, improving altogether interior quality. 

LED Lighting
The newly restyled TLX creates endless use of versatile, reliable, fit and effective LED lighting. From a thespian Jewel Eye™ headlights to a available reservoir lights and behind to a taillights, a LED lighting provides crisp, bright, energy-efficient and long-lasting enlightenment that directly improves a pushing and tenure experience. A outline of extraneous lighting includes:

Forward Lighting

  • LED headlights and new spin signals
  • LED parking and new side pen lights
  • LED under-mirror reservoir lights (Advance Package)
  • LED front haze lights (A-Spec and Advance Package)

Rear Lighting

  • LED tail lights
  • LED new side pen lights and trunk-lid lights with incandescent-bulb backup lights
  • LED Center High Mount Stop Lights (CHMSL) with integrated cover
  • LED license-plate lights

Jewel Eye™ LED Headlights
Acura’s redesigned Jewel Eye™ LED headlights give a TLX an modernized coming while producing higher down-the-road illumination. The headlights implement an array of high-intensity LED lamps to broach superb light distribution, apart irradiation opening and light characteristics with a wavelength tighten to a tellurian eye’s resplendence curve. With 5 “Jewel Eye” lights per side, a LED lights yield softened down-the-road prominence compared to HID and halogen headlights.

On any side of a TLX, a low beams embody of 3 LED lights, while a innermost LED lights are employed for high beams. The daytime regulating light (DRL) duty utilizes all 5 lenses splendid by LED’s that are clearly and dramatically manifest even in splendid sunlight. Altogether, they emanate a thespian and sold coming with higher lighting capability.

Light distribution
Both a low- and apart high-beam LED headlights offer superb opening in all night pushing conditions, including highway, circuitous roads, intersections, and in severe continue conditions. The outcome is that a motorist can see over brazen with uniformity, creation high-speed night pushing easier and reduction fatiguing.

A outline of LED advantages include:

  • Outstanding light placement
  • Excellent apart enlightenment performance
  • Clear enlightenment of a highway aspect and white lines
  • High prominence of a whole manifest tone spectrum (white, red, green, blue and yellow) compared to HID and halogen headlights
  • Response time when switching between low and high lamp is shortened
  • Light concurrence is softened between low and high beams
  • Reduced energy requirement – TLX’s LED headlights use 41 percent reduction energy than normal halogen headlights, contributing to a TLX’s altogether handling efficiency.
  • With an estimated life outlook of 10,000 hours, a LED headlights are projected to final 5 times longer than HID headlights and 10 times longer than normal halogen headlight bulbs.

LED Fog Lights
Included on a A-Spec and Advance Package TLX, LED haze lights are positioned during a revoke corners of a front fascia for limit efficacy and a confidant appearance. The haze lights are trapezoidal on a Advance Package and spin on a A-Spec.

LED Taillights
LED taillights are partial of a TLX’s extensive extraneous lighting array. Highly stylized to enrich a TLX physique design, they are also brighter than normal incandescent-bulb taillights, with a longer projected lifespan. Use of LEDs allows a serve of a “light pipe” styling member fluctuating opposite a tip of a lenses, contributing to a TLX’s singular mix of pattern and engineering.

LED Puddle Lights
Included in a Smart Entry system, LED reservoir lights positioned on a undersides of both side counterpart housings raise preference when entering or withdrawal a vehicle. The LEDs automatically irradiate when a TLX detects a pivotal fob approaching, in unison with a involuntary interior illumination. The reservoir lights also irradiate when a motorist puts a TLX in Park and leaves a vehicle, vanishing off after about twin seconds after locking a doors, or 30 seconds if a doors are not locked.

LED Side Mirror Lights
Stylistically keying off a Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, any TLX counterpart has LED lights fused into a counterpart housing. The LEDs irradiate when a spin indictors are activated, providing additional prominence and a high-tech appearance.

Lighting Technologies

*New for 2018

Auto-Dimming Side Mirrors
Included in a Advance Package, auto-dimming side mirrors use a same activation sensor as a TLX’s auto-dimming inside rearview mirror. The auto-dimming duty of all 3 mirrors helps revoke glisten during night driving, generally from a headlights of following vehicles.

Power Folding Side Mirrors
New for a 2018 TLX, a power-folding underline in a Advance Package allows a outward mirrors to be folded opposite a physique sides when a car is parked, shortening a probability of repairs to a counterpart housing in parsimonious parking areas. The power-folding underline can be activated by dire a switch on a driver’s doorway armrest when a delivery is in Park or Neutral and a ignition switch is in a Accessory or On mode.

Acoustic Glass
To revoke sound in a cabin, a TLX utilizes a 4.5-mm thick, 3-layer acoustic windshield that consists of twin layers of reserve glass, distant by a skinny acoustic creosote center. The windshield reduces breeze sound on in a higher-frequency ranges, contributing to a lush feeling of siege in a cabin. Also assisting to lessen wind, highway and trade sound in a cabin is 5.0-mm thick front doorway glass.

Auto Up-Down Side Windows
The 2018 TLX has energy front and behind side windows with an auto-open and auto-close underline with anti-pinch.

Advanced Windshield Wiper System
The sleek, prosaic pattern of a wiper blades adds to a TLX’s manifest appeal. The prosaic blade pattern improves aerodynamic opening and reduces breeze noise. The driver’s side windshield wiper blade is 26 inches prolonged to well brush sleet from a windshield brazen of a driver. The newcomer side wiper is 17 inches long, effectively clearing a right side of a windshield.

Headlights On With Wipers
Laws in some states need drivers to spin on a headlights when a wipers are handling in a rain. The TLX helps a motorist approve with these laws by automatically educational a headlights when a wipers are activated for 5 cycles or some-more (with headlight switch in AUTO).

Rain Sensing Wipers
Included in a Technology, A-Spec and Advance Packages, rain-sensing wipers automatically activate if H2O is rescued on a windshield.

Noise Mitigation
The TLX was designed to broach vault-like serenity in all pushing conditions, with vital improvements achieved by enhancements in physique stiffness, physique and doorway sealing, and widespread sound insulation.

Acoustic Spray Foam
Applied to a territory physique in 10 essential locations around a doorway openings, acoustic mist froth helps emanate a plain substructure for a quieter cabin. The focus routine is programmed and mechanism controlled, with a froth restorative in 7 to 11 seconds after focus for a rarely accurate and effective process.

Additional Materials and Sealing
Additional sound-absorptive materials are used via a territory physique and interior, any dedicated to patience a sold sound form and frequency. The materials embody Thinsulate insulation, physique sealers, noise-absorbing carpeting, and high-density and twin firmness warp sheets. Liquid Applied Sound Deadening (LASD) is used in a trunk. Key areas of courtesy embody a TLX’s dashboard revoke and building area. The finish outcome is reduced highway sound and pitter-patter on both petrify and pavement surfaces, along with revoke engine noise, for a some-more relaxing and pleasing pushing experience.

Wind Noise
Significant reductions in both high-frequency and mid-frequency sound listened in a cabin were achieved by obscure a windshield-wiper tallness and optimizing a figure of a side mirrors. Special sealing methods in a B-pillars and C-pillars, and between a doorway gaps, serve revoke heard breeze noise.

Door Sealing
The TLX has 360-degree double seals that approximate any newcomer door. In addition, a TLX uses a third set of opening seals, positioned during a front, center, and bottom edges of any doorway (and a trailing corner of a behind doors) that assistance discharge intensity sound source caused by violent airflow in a cavities around a doorway hinges and latches. The doors’ inner steel stampings accept serve sound insulation in a form of vast acoustic hole seals, inner froth sound barriers, and specifically targeted B-pillar plugs.

Electric Trunk Lid Release
There are 4 ways to open a trunk: 1) by dire a case opener switch located on a motorist side instrument panel; 2) with a pivotal fob; 3) with a case opener switch located in a center of a trunk, underneath a case lid overhang; and 4) if a electric case recover is inoperative, by regulating a pivotal stored in a pivotal fob. The trunk’s puncture pivotal cylinder is located underneath a cover nearby a conduct patience on a driver’s side behind seatback.

Trunk Storage
For 2018, all TLX models underline a molded load bin (previously usually charity on a Advance Package) augmenting load volume to 14.3 cu. ft. (up from 13.2 cu. ft.). There is no disproportion in storage ability for a TLX 2-wheel-drive models and TLX SH-AWD.

The case facilities an easy 27.5-inch load-in height, a extended 44-inch far-reaching opening, and a flat, far-reaching interior building that creates loading and unloading load easier. The prosaic building extends from a behind buffer area, brazen to a behind seatback for limit usability. The case hinges are entirely dim for a improved manifest coming and to discharge a probability of throwing on stored items. The 60/40 split-folding behind seatbacks concede storage of vast or massive equipment such as bicycles, skis or boards, or flat-screen televisions. (See Interior territory for some-more information.)

Cargo Bin System
All TLX models now embody a versatile case underfloor storage element that provides available storage for such equipment as groceries, puncture collection and other tiny items. The flip-up building reveals a 25-inch far-reaching x 11-inch prolonged x 9-inch low storage bin. This bin is ideal for bland equipment such as groceries, shoes, etc. Flipping a building row again reveals an additional storage area designed for puncture tools, jumper cables, etc. A molded conduit holding a TLX’s towing eyebolt and tire-inflator pack is also located in this area. Finally, a reversible building row — carpeted on one side, cosmetic on a backside — can be used when soppy or disorderly equipment like raincoats, umbrellas or beach towels need to be carried in a trunk.

Exterior Colors
The 2018 TLX is charity in 8 fascinating extraneous colors, including one solid, twin lead and 5 pearl. All colors have a clever character, charity fluent contrasts that element a 2018 TLX’s new body-panel curves and angles, while also exhibiting a intelligent oppulance appearance. The acid-resistant glue clear-coat paint is higher to standard clear-coat paints for increasing insurgency to civic pollutants.

Acura TLX Exterior Colors

Acura TLX Exterior Colors

  • Bellanova White Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • San Marino Red
  • Fathom Blue Pearl
  • Black Copper Pearl (V6 exclusive)
  • NEW: Still Night Blue Pearl (A-Spec)

Exterior Specifications and Features