Two new, high-performance engines backed by new 8- and 9-speed
Most advanced dynamic package ever offered by Acura
Sophisticated design, premium refinement and extensive luxury
NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Acura today unveiled the all-new 2015
TLX performance-luxury sedan at the 2014 New York International Auto
Show (NYIAS). Developed under the theme of Red Carpet Athlete, the all-new TLX is designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend
of sports-sedan athleticism and premium luxury refinement.
"The new TLX is three performance luxury sedans in one," said Dave
Gardner, vice president of sales and marketing, Acura Canada.
"Harnessing the exhilarating power of new engines, new highly-efficient
transmissions and next-generation dynamics technology - blended
perfectly with impeccable style and luxury - we're very pleased to
bring to market a TLX to suit every performance luxury sedan driver in
To achieve its dual mission of even sharper sports-sedan performance and increased luxury refinement, the TLX employs a host of new advanced
powertrain and super-handling technologies. Powering the 2015 TLX are
two Acura exclusive, high-output direct-injected i-VTEC® engines, a 2.4-litre 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine producing
206-horsepower1 mated to an all-new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (8DCT) with torque
converter; and a 3.5-litre 24-valve V-6 delivering 290-horsepower2 mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT). For handling
prowess, the TLX features the latest iterations of Acura super-handling
technologies - Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS), Super-Handling
All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), and Agile Handling Assist (AHA). These new
technologies, in combination with its all-new body and chassis design,
make the TLX the most dynamically advanced Acura ever produced; quick
and responsive in sporty driving, stable and sure-footed in emergency
maneuvers, and calm and quiet during long-distance cruising.
The TLX's new chassis, powertrains and precision-handling technologies
are wrapped in a lithe new exterior design with taut body surfaces,
dynamically sculpted fender arches, and purposeful character lines. Its
sporting character is further highlighted by its more compact
sports-sedan proportions. Luxury exterior features include Acura's
signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, standard on all models. The
spacious five-passenger interior of the TLX provides a high degree of
refinement, luxury and technological sophistication while supporting an
exhilarating driving experience. High-end premium elements include a
soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel upper cover, alloy and
wood-grain design accents, and available Milano leather seating
surfaces and trim.
The TLX will be available with Acura's most advanced safety and
driver-assistive technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking
System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane
Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with
Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Indicator (BSI). The TLX was also
designed to appeal to a broader cross-section of luxury sports-sedan
customers with a wider range of powertrain and drivetrain options.
There are three distinct TLX model offerings that carry a long list of
standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features. All TLX
models can be upgraded to the Technology Package and the V-6 models are
available with the line-topping Elite Package.
The 2015 Acura TLX is scheduled to go on sale at Canadian Acura dealers
nationwide later this year. Pricing details will be announced closer to
TLX V-6 SH-AWD
Design and Packaging
For sports-sedan dynamic capabilities the 2015 TLX is 97 mm shorter in
overall length than the 2014 TL while maintaining the same wheelbase
and tandem (front-to-rear) passenger-seating distance. The TLX's front
and rear overhangs are also shorter by 97 mm in total compared to the
outgoing TL. The TLX engineers worked diligently to make the TLX
lighter, incorporating a wide range of high strength steel and
lightweight materials in the design. As an example, the TLX
two-wheel-drive with the 3.5-litre V-6 Technology Package model has a
curb weight just under 1633 kg, about 66 kgs lighter than the TL
Technology Package model.
Acura's signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, standard on all models,
lend the TLX an advanced and bright-eyed appearance while producing
superior down-the-road illumination. It's LED lighting theme carries
through to the LED-accented side mirrors, LED taillights and LED
license plate illumination.
The TLX also features a new 60/40-split folding rear seatback for
greater cargo-carrying flexibility and a new trunk design featuring a
wider and deeper opening, a lower lift-over height, a fully flat cargo
floor, and a new hidden underfloor storage compartment.
The TLX's spacious five-passenger interior is designed and engineered to
underscore the "Red Carpet Athlete" development theme of the new TLX,
providing a high degree of refinement, luxury comfort and technological
sophistication while supporting an exhilarating driving experience.
High-end premium elements include a soft-touch, one-piece instrument
panel upper cover, alloy and wood-grain accents, and available Milano
leather seating surfaces and interior trim.
An abundance of luxury features and technologies are standard on the
TLX, including heated front seats, HomeLink®, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Smart Entry/Push Button Start keyless access system, and a Multi-Angle
rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. Optional features include
Acura Navigation System with 3D view, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting, LED fog lights, and Adaptive Cruise Control
with Low Speed Follow. A 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touch screen, located in the centre console, controls HVAC and
other features, and, with its contextual menus, displays relevant items
while minimizing instrument panel clutter.
Also featured on the TLX is the next-generation AcuraLink®, Acura's cloud-based connected car system, offering Acura owners a
broad range of cloud-based and embedded convenience, connectivity and
available security features. All TLX models also come equipped with
Siri Eyes Free technology that, when paired with a compatible iPhone,
allows the driver to control functions using familiar voice commands.
Additional standard and available luxury features include one-touch
turn signals and power windows, power driver and front passenger seats,
GPS-linked automatic climate control, Colour Multi-Information Display
(MID) with turn-by-turn guidance, LED accent lighting, Aha™ integration and USB connectivity.
In keeping with Acura's commitment to delivering a world-class audio
experience, the TLX can be equipped with a 455-watt, 10-speaker
Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System, engineered specifically for the TLX by legendary
recording engineer Elliot Scheiner. TLX models featuring the new
3.5-litre V-6 engine utilize the advanced Electronic Gear Selector,
using an intuitive push-button array in place of a traditional gear
lever, freeing up centre-console space while presenting a premium
futuristic appearance. All TLX models incorporate the Electronic
Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, which retains brake pressure
when the vehicle is stopped, simplifying stop-and-go driving in heavy
traffic or on steep hills.
New TLX Powertrains
At the heart of the TLX's athletic sports-sedan performance capabilities
are two new powertrains, utilizing direct-injection, i-VTEC valvetrains with Variable Timing Control (VTC) or Variable
Cylinder Management (VCM) and low-friction technologies to deliver
higher output, more linear and responsive power delivery and
anticipated class-leading fuel-economy ratings.
The direct-injected 2.4-litre DOHC i-VTEC in-line 4 produces a peak 206
horsepower1 and 182 lb.-ft. of torque3. The engine is mated to an all-new 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission
(8DCT) with torque converter, the world's first DCT to be paired with a
torque converter on a production vehicle. The DCT, with its closely
spaced ratios, ultra-quick shifts and automatic rev-matching
downshifts, gives the 2.4-litre TLX an aggressively sporting yet
refined feel. The torque converter provides exceptionally smooth
operation in stop-and-go situations, plus it offers off-the-line torque
multiplication for substantially improved initial acceleration that a
conventional DCT cannot match. The new transmission also features
The direct-injected 3.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC V-6 incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), with the
ability to deactivate three of the engine's six cylinders, for improved
fuel efficiency. The aluminum-alloy 24-valve engine produces a peak 290
horsepower2 and 267 lb.-ft. of torque4, gains of 10 horsepower and 13 lb.-ft. versus the 2014 TL 3.5-litre
engine. The engine is mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission
featuring Sequential SportShift. The new 9-speed unit is substantially
lighter than the 6-speed automatic in the outgoing TL, with a wider
overall ratio range and more closely spaced individual gear ratios to
enhance both performance and fuel efficiency. No competitive vehicle in
the segment offers as many transmission ratios.
The TLX SH-AWD also incorporates a model-exclusive idle-stop capability
for improved fuel efficiency. And a new 28-volt Active Control engine
mount significantly reduces engine vibration during restarts.
The TLX equipped with the 2.4 litre engine has an anticipated 9 percent
improvement in fuel economy in the city, and a 13 percent improvement
on the highway versus the outgoing TSX. The TLX two-wheel drive with
the 3.5 litre V6 has an anticipated 5 percent improvement in the city,
and a 17 percent improvement on the highway versus the 2014 TL. The
TLX SH-AWD has an anticipated 17 percent improvement in the city, and a
19 percent improvement on the highway versus the 2014 TL SH-AWD.
Acura Precision-Handling Technologies
Two-wheel-drive TLX models, with either the 2.4-litre or 3.5-litre
engine, come equipped with the latest iteration of Acura Precision
All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS). This new P-AWS system was integrated into the
fundamental chassis design from the earliest stages of development,
allowing engineers to take full advantage of its independent left and
right rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance handling precision,
maneuverability and stability.
The TLX SH-AWD features a new hydraulically controlled version of
Acura's acclaimed torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). This next-generation SH-AWD system is 25 percent lighter and friction
is reduced. The new rear-drive unit is constantly overdriven by
2.7-percent (compared to 1.7 percent on the previous system), with a
greater torque-vectoring effect across a broader spectrum of driving
situations, further enhancing cornering capability at lower speeds and
in tighter-radius corners.
Near-limit and emergency maneuvering capabilities of both the P-AWS and
SH-AWD models are further enhanced by the use of Agile Handling Assist
(AHA), which utilizes the TLX's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and
premium 6-piston brake modulator to create a yaw moment (a vehicle
turning force), helping the driver smoothly and easily trace the
desired line with smaller steering-wheel inputs. AHA stabilizes the car
earlier than conventional VSA, resulting in more agile and engaging
dynamic performance in everyday driving conditions.
All TLX models also feature the latest development of Acura's Integrated
Dynamics System (IDS), which allows drivers to customize their driving
experience through four selectable modes - ECON, Normal, Sport and
Sport+. Depending on the setting, IDS will adjust power-steering
effort, throttle response, transmission shift logic, HVAC system
operation, active sound control and the control logic for either the
P-AWS or SH-AWD systems. The new Sport+ mode, a first for Acura,
unlocks the full performance potential of the TLX with the most
aggressive settings in all areas.
Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies
The TLX also advances Acura's reputation for delivering cutting-edge
safety and driver-assistive technologies. The TLX incorporates a new
cooperative monocular camera and millimeter wave radar system that
expands both the fidelity and scope of the vehicle's road-sensing
capabilities. This fusion of camera and radar technology underpins the
TLX's available Collision Mitigation Braking System™, which can now provide enhanced car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian
collision mitigation while also enhancing the capabilities of the
Adaptive Cruise Control.
The TLX is the first Acura vehicle to deploy a new Road Departure
Mitigation (RDM) system included with the Elite Package. RDM uses the
monocular camera to recognize painted lane lines, Botts' Dots and Cat
Eye markers to determine lane boundaries. When the vehicle's current
travelling direction would cause it to stray from a detected lane, the
system warns the driver and assists by applying corrective steering
input, and if required, braking force to help the driver maintain their
Additional standard and available driver-assistive features include
Blind Spot Information (BSI), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward
Collision Warning (FCW), Expanded View Driver's Side Mirror, Lane Keep
Assist System (LKAS) and new Cross Traffic Monitor.
The TLX also employs Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility
Engineering (ACE) body structure, along with advanced supplemental
restraint systems - including front, side, side-curtain and
driver's-knee airbags - to provide a high level of occupant protection
in a wide spectrum of collision scenarios. The TLX is anticipated to
earn a Five-star Overall Vehicle Score in the U.S. NHTSA's NCAP safety
ratings, and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the U.S. Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety.
All-New TLX Body and Chassis
The TLX is built on an all-new platform (body and chassis) that was
designed from the ground up to support and enhance the vehicle's
outstanding driving dynamics, luxury-sedan refinement, class-leading
fuel efficiency and high-level collision safety.
The chassis features a newly designed four-wheel independent suspension
system - McPherson Strut front and multi-link rear - with revised
geometry and new Amplitude Reactive Dampers for improved ride comfort
and handling performance. New Motion-Adaptive Electronic Power Steering
delivers a high level of steering precision and responsiveness while
aiding fuel efficiency. It also works cooperatively with the vehicle's
VSA traction-control system to help the driver maintain vehicle control
in slippery road conditions.
The TLX's unit body utilizes advanced lightweight materials, including
ultra-high-strength steels, aluminum (hood, bumper beams and front
subframe) and magnesium (steering hangar beam and engine mount), to
minimize weight while providing for a high degree of rigidity that
benefits both dynamic performance and occupant safety. Also
incorporated into the body is the next generation Advanced
Compatibility Engineering (ACE) frontal body structure, and a new
one-piece, hot-stamped-steel door stiffener ring, similar to the design
first applied on the 2014 Acura MDX. The new, sleeker body design is
also optimized for class-leading aerodynamic efficiency and boasts a 15
percent improvement in Cd.A versus the outgoing TL.
In their effort to significantly reduce the intrusion of wind, road and
engine noise into the cabin, Acura engineers paid special attention to
body sealing, reducing open air paths by 50 percent compared to the
outgoing TL. The TLX is also the first Acura to utilize acoustic spray
foam, which is applied in 10 critical locations throughout the body.
Additional noise-reduction features include triple door seals, the
expanded application of body sealing and sound absorptive materials, an
acoustic glass windshield, and electronic Active Noise Control (ANC).
For More Information
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high-resolution photography of the 2015 TLX is available at www.acuranews.ca.
1 206 hp @ 6800 rpm (SAE net)
2 290 hp @ 6200 rpm (SAE net)
3 182 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm (SAE net)
4 267 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm (SAE net)
Image with caption: "Acura unveiled the all-new 2015 TLX performance-luxury sedan at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Developed under the theme of Red Carpet Athlete, the all-new TLX is designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium luxury refinement. (CNW Group/Acura Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140416_C4114_PHOTO_EN_39376.jpg
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