By on May 20, 2020

Last year, Acura previewed the Type S Concept at Pebble Beach, making itself an exciting brand for the first time in years. The model heralds the return of the marque’s performance nomenclature and gives us a taste of the next-generation TLX sports sedan — which will be the first Acura product to wear the Type S badge in quite a while.

On Wednesday, the company announced the new model will debut on May 28th. Not surprisingly, it also confirmed the next TLX will share as much with the concept car as regulators allow. 

Originally intended to debut at the 2020 New York Auto Show, the TLX showcase was scrubbed by the coronavirus’ arrival. While the trade event is still on, albeit delayed until August, there’s a real fear among exhibitors it could still end up cancelled. Like some of its rivals, Acura decided to open with a digital debut, hoping an opportunity remains to hold a physical introduction later. Better to launch something online than wait endlessly for trade shows that may never happen.

The announcement came with a new teaser, showing exactly how much the TLX (top of the page) resembles the Type S Concept (everywhere else) from behind. Some of the angles have been softened, with the taillights, haunches, and rear bumper being the smoking gun. The car is otherwise shaping up to be very similar to the design study it’s based on.

The 2021 TLX is assumed to utilize the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor already found inside countless Honda products (including the Accord and Acura’s own RDX). That seems to indicate base model sedans will churn out somewhere between 250 and 300 horsepower. Obviously, the Type S will trump whatever the base sedan brings to the table. Acura is keeping technical specifications on the lowdown to ensure all eyes remain fixed on the official debut.

The brand is making some bold claims, however. In the debut announcement, Acura really talked up the upcoming model’s performance chops by saying “the new TLX will be the quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sport sedan in Acura history, with the Type S being the model’s performance pinnacle.”

The sedan will make its public debut on Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 in the morning (PT) on Acura’s website.

[Images: Acura]

 

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