Redesigned 2018 RLX Making Debut at Monterey Automotive Week

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  • 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid with Acura Precision Concept-inspired styling to make world premiere, adopts new Acura design direction including signature diamond pentagon grille.
  • Supercar inspired 377-horsepower RLX Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive has been further optimized based on NSX learnings
  • Standard AcuraWatch enhanced with Traffic Jam Assist, an Acura first
Acura will hold the global 2018 RLX debut during Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-20, showcasing Acura Precision Crafted Performance. Bringing the brand's premium, performance DNA to the street. "We chose Monterey Automotive Week to launch Acura's newest vehicles because the week's events epitomize the celebration of the automobile," said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager for the Acura Division. "The Acura brand continues to gain momentum with a singular focus on our Precision Crafted Performance DNA, which is brought to life in captivating products like the RLX and the ARX-05 prototype."
 
2018 Acura RLX
The 2018 Acura RLX will make its global debut during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19 on the Monterey peninsula. The new RLX incorporates design cues, such as the signature diamond pentagon grille from the Acura Precision Concept, that were reflected to other recently redesigned Acura models – the 2018 TLX sport sedan and 2017 MDX sport-utility vehicle.  In addition to the diamond pentagon grille, the 2018 RLX redesign is highlighted by a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, newly designed LED taillights, dual exhaust finishers and gloss black rear diffusor.    
 
The 377-horsepower Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is the most sophisticated and best performing Acura sedan ever, seamlessly integrating a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive for instant acceleration, precise handling, outstanding all-weather performance and excellent fuel economy. Sharing NSX supercar technology, RLX is available with Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), delivering a powerful and precise driving experience unmatched in the segment.
 
The 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer is now mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT) delivering a more refined driving experience, as well as improved acceleration and passing times.
 
“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 & general manager.
 
Standard features on the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid include premium Krell Audio System, Surround View Camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel and more.
 
The 2018 RLX features the unique AcuraWatch suite of technologies, as standard equipment, and has been enhanced with the addition of Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist helps reduce driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle in its lane and a set interval behind a car detected ahead.
 
AcuraWatch also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision.
 
The 2018 Acura RLX is complimented by three new exterior colors including two premium paint offerings – Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl. Inside, the 2018 Acura RLX receives upgraded materials and touchpoints including a completely redesigned seat featuring high-contrast piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option, which adds sophistication to an interior with class-leading space and comfort.  
 
The 2018 Acura RLX will be featured at multiple events throughout Monterey Automotive Week including the Carmel-By-The Sea Concours on the Avenue on Tuesday, August 15 and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 18.   
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