Acura's TL, TSX Out, TLX Coming Next Summer

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We’re a bit late on this one, but it’s still worth noting that both the Acura TL and TSX will soon fade into history, and will be replaced next summer by the TLX.

Acura’s newest mid-sized offering — slotted between the Civic-sized ILX and the automaker’s RLX flagship (what do these letters mean, B&B?) — will be underpinned by the current Honda Accord, which will also make the sedan smaller than the TL it will replace; the TSX, underpinned by the outgoing European Accord, will simply be phased out.

Under the hood will be the Honda’s Earth Dreams 3.5-liter V6, which, in spite of the granola name, makes 310 horsepower under the bonnet of the RLX. The TLX will most likely also include AWD, an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel steering like the system used in the aforementioned RLX.

Though no price has been given as of this writing, the TLX will make its worldwide debut as a prototype during the 2014 Detroit Auto Show alongside the new Honda Fit, and will be assembled at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio plant.

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  • Ion Ion on Dec 20, 2013

    The TL and the MDX are Acura in the NYC area. I don't know why some of the automakers are messing with their best sellers, did they learn nothing from new coke. Atleast the 4series and Q50 are name changes only. The TLX will be too different from the TL.

  • Krayzie Krayzie on Dec 20, 2013

    Terrible Looks eXperimental Then again they've been at it for over a decade. Almost as if Toyota and Honda are starting to switch sides.

  • Davekaybsc Davekaybsc on Dec 21, 2013

    The TLX will appeal to the buyers that are also shopping for the Volvo S60, Lincoln MKZ, and Lexus ES350. This is an odd-ball segment, it always has been. These cars are unsellable in the EU, other than maybe the Volvo, but I'm sure it does a tiny fraction of something like a Mondeo or 3 series. They are for people who care less which wheels are doing the driving or whether the engine is facing sideways or front to back. They don't know what front overhang is, or why 60/40 weight distribution is something you might not want to have. All they care about is that they don't want to be seen in a car with an "H" on the front, and they don't want to have to go to the Honda dealer and sit in an uncomfortable chair and drink bad coffee and wait in line at the service desk behind some college kid with a CR-V. That's it. The TL hasn't been any better (but it's certainly been a lot uglier) than the Accord EX-L V6 since the last generation got the beak. It's the same with the ES, it's no better than the Avalon. It's just got a better badge on the front, and nicer chairs at the dealership. And you won't have to wait behind some kid getting his Corolla fixed.

  • William442 William442 on Apr 15, 2014

    I have a garage full of autos that most of you have never seen, muchless OWNED. One of them is an ILX which I drive every day.