2021 Acura TLX

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Here are the very first photos of the real thing. The all-new Acura TLX for 2021.

As we knew, it is a production version of last year’s concept. So no big surprises.
This might not be great news since Acura really needs this car to be noticed.
Overall, this might not look drastically different from the current model in real life.

Although that front end seems quite aggressive.
Inside as well. The interior is very different. And seems to be inspired by the RDX.
Like a lower, “car version” of the RDX interior. While I am a big fan of the RDX, I never really understood why they design a huge knob, right in the center of the console, for the ride selector switch.
Which is not something you use that often, yet is right in the middle of everything. (Actually, where the volume knob should really be)
I also see the same trackpad as in the RDX. Which can be confusing at first.
Let’s hope the screen is now a touch screen. Something Lexus has added in the 2020 RX (while keeping the touchpad as well)

As far as engines, the base model comes with a version of the Accord’s 2.0 Liter engine. Now with 272HP.
The “Type S” model comes with an all-new 3.0 V6 Turbo. While no HP figure has been released yet, (probably a bit over 300HP) Acura claims “V8 like power and refinement. Greater than 50% increase in low-end-torque compared to the current 3.5 Liter V6”.

A loaded Honda Accord Touring is about $36 000. At this price, it comes with pretty much everything you can imagine. It is also a great driving, super solid comfortable car.
The new one is much more powerful so it should cost more.
But it could be priced very attractively, even if it starts at around $36 000 or so.

The RDX is great, at a great price. A follow-up sedan would be great for Acura.

More on this very soon.

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