MONTREAL, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, at the Montreal International
Auto Show, Acura gave Canadian media their first look at two vehicles
that will help redefine Canadians' expectations of what a luxury car
Making its Canadian debut, the 2014 Acura MDX Prototype evokes strength
and excitement and once again raises the bar in the luxury SUV category
it created. Utilizing "Aero Sculpture" design language impacting form
and function, the 2014 MDX Prototype features alluring proportions with
smooth, arching body lines matched to an efficient architecture. The
new MDX will feature a new direct-injected 3.5 litre V-6 engine that
will deliver improved torque and expected class-leading fuel economy.
"Since its introduction, and with every new generation, the MDX has
redefined what an SUV can be," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice
president, Acura Canada. "In true Acura fashion, this next model will
take the current MDX's inspired performance and move the needle further
by improving fuel economy, luxury and comfort. It's a very exciting
time for the Acura brand and we're looking forward to continuing the
momentum from 2012 into 2013."
Also making its first Canadian appearance was the all-new 2014 Acura RLX
- the most powerful, spacious, and technologically-advanced Acura sedan
ever. Utilizing an all-new direct-injection engine, lightweight body
structure and the first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel
Steer™, the 2014 RLX delivers a new and dynamic driving experience
unlike that of any other luxury performance sedan. Inside, the RLX also
features the Canadian introduction of the AcuraLink® connectivity system, which delivers a wealth of communication and
"This RLX achieves our goal of beautiful, timeless design with flowing
lines that make a statement from any angle," said Chenkin. "Like the
new ILX, RDX and MDX, this new RLX represents Acura's return to setting
new standards in the luxury market."
About the all-new 2014 Acura MDX Prototype
The "Aero Sculpture" styling of the 2014 MDX Prototype pursues the
direction of a strong, bold, and premium appearance with low, wide and
sleek proportions; clean, efficient and uncluttered design; and
elegant, premium detailing, including the next-generation Acura grille
design and signature Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights. This "aero" image
also reflects significant gains in aerodynamic efficiency, up 16
percent compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX, achieved through extensive
testing in Honda R&D Americas' new wind-tunnel laboratory in Raymond,
Ohio - where the vehicle is being created.
The 2014 MDX Prototype's sculpted exterior and arcing roofline (35 mm
lower than the outgoing model) encase what will be an even more
spacious and versatile cabin compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX. The
2014 MDX Prototype features a longer wheelbase that enhances ride
quality, increases second-row legroom, and improves third-row seat
The 2014 MDX will also feature an all-new, more rigid and lightweight
chassis, including new front and rear suspension designs that deliver a
more refined, confidence-inspiring, and sporty driving character. An
all-new, direct injected 3.5-litre i-VTEC SOHC V-6 powerplant with
Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) provides more spirited performance
while realizing a significant increase in fuel economy to class-leading
levels. Special attention was also paid to improving cabin quietness,
which is greatly enhanced by the vehicle's all-new chassis and body
design and new sound-deadening techniques.
The 2014 MDX will also be equipped with a broad array of advanced safety
and visibility technologies, including the next generation Advanced
Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, as well as Forward
Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Multi-Angle
Rearview Camera; and available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Lane Keep
Assist System (LKAS), and Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed
Follow. Further, the 2014 MDX is designed to achieve top-level safety
ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the U.S. NHTSA
and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS1.
All 2013 Acura models achieve at least a TOP SAFETY PICK safety rating,
while the TL sedan was one of the first two vehicles in the industry to
achieve TOP SAFETY Pick+ status.
The new MDX will also feature a full array of advanced infotainment
technologies, including the AcuraLink cloud-based connected car system
featuring SMS texting, SiriusXM™ radio and cloud-based Aha™ by Harman that brings thousands of
personalized news, information and media feeds into the vehicle via the
customer's compatible smartphone and data plan.
AcuraLink will also be available with a host of convenience, safety and
security features, such as automated crash notification, remote
locking/unlocking, emergency "SOS" call feature, and live-operator
About the all-new 2014 Acura RLX
Featuring the first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) the RLX achieves new levels of handling agility, high- and
low-speed maneuverability, and confident handling control for a
two-wheel-drive luxury sedan. Precision All-Wheel Steer is the world's
first technology to feature independent and continuous control of the
left and right rear-wheel steering (toe) angles. Its benefits include
crisper lane changes, more nimble cornering, enhanced dynamic response,
tighter turning radius, and confidence-inspiring control.
As previously announced, a version of RLX featuring Acura's new Sport
Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive® (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®) technology, producing 370 horsepower with expected fuel-economy
ratings of 30 city/30 highway/30 miles per gallon2 combined, will debut later in 2013.
Exterior Design and Function
The RLX follows an "aero-fused" exterior design motif with its wide and
athletic stance, sharp upswept bodylines, aerodynamic greenhouse, and
distinctive new Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights offering improved down-the-road illumination and
lighting characteristics. The RLX's sleek upper body combines with
aerodynamic features to deliver best-in-class levels of aerodynamic
Additional exterior features available on the RLX include 19" aluminum
alloy wheels, unique LED taillights, front and rear parking sensors,
heated and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield
Interior Design and Function
The RLX interior features premium, soft touch materials throughout, with
the tasteful application of premium metal and wood-grain accents. A
stitched leather instrument panel, centre console and steering wheel,
along with available Milano perforated leather seats, communicate a new
level of craftsmanship and refined luxury appeal in Acura's
Luxury form and function are intelligently integrated in the RLX's new
centre console, featuring dual screens - an 8-inch navigation screen
and a 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ touch screen - that provide easy and direct one-touch access to key
functions, including audio, climate control, navigation, and
text-to-voice SMS text message functionality. The sliding,
leather-trimmed armrest conceals a dual-hinged centre storage
compartment with easy access for both the driver and front passenger to
USB connectivity, 12-volt accessory power outlet and space to store
tablets and other electronic devices.
New Direct-Injected i-VTEC® V-6 with VCM
The 2014 RLX is powered by an all-new, 3.5-litre, direct-injected SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™. Rated at 310 horsepower, the engine delivers exceptional drivability,
with more than 90-percent of its peak 272 lb.-ft. of torque available
from 2000 rpm to 6600 rpm. Variable Cylinder Management with 3-cylinder
and 6-cylinder operation works in concert with the VTEC valvetrain to
deliver superb cruising efficiency. The engine is mounted to a
lightweight and rigid aluminum front subframe using a
vibration-canceling Active Control engine Mount (ACM) system.
AcuraLink® Connectivity System
The RLX is equipped with the AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car system, delivering a comprehensive array of
media, convenience, and security services via embedded two-way
communications and web-enabled devices. AcuraLink® leverages the Aha™ by Harman cloud-based interface to provide users with thousands of
customizable cloud-based news, information and media feeds. AcuraLink® also delivers an array of available security and convenience features,
such as AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and, for the first time, surface street
traffic information; airbag deployment notification; stolen vehicle
tracking; remote locking and unlocking; security alarm notification;
and 24-hour personalized concierge services.
Advanced Safety, Visibility, and Driver Assistive Technology
The RLX offers a bevy of leading-edge safety technologies, including
standard Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW),
seven smart-deploying airbags including a driver's knee airbag, and
Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering II (ACE II)
The RLX is anticipated to earn top-level safety ratings, including a
U.S. 5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score1. The RLX is also expected to join the Acura TL sedan in earning a U.S.
IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, including a GOOD rating in the stringent
new IIHS small overlap frontal crash test.
The RLX also offers a comprehensive list of advanced visibility and
driver-assistive technologies, including the standard Expanded View
Driver's Mirror and Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines,
along with available Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) system, Collision
Mitigation Brake (CMBS) system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with
Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI), and front and rear
Additional details on key advances and technologies for the all-new 2014
Class leading interior space based on the RLX's longer wheelbase and
efficient packaging. At 4,982 mm, the RLX is similar in length to the
outgoing RL, but it has a 50 mm longer wheelbase and is 43 mm wider,
placing the new RLX well above the norm in the mid-luxury class. The
flagship RLX sedan has up to three inches more rear legroom than
competing models, including the BMW 535i, Lexus GS350 and Audi A6.
Extensive use of lightweight materials includes the application of
high-strength steel to 55 percent of the body, and the intensive use of
aluminum—for the front fenders, hood, steering hangar beam, front and
rear bumper beams, front subframe, and all-new "hybrid" front and rear
door panels (steel inner structure mated to aluminum outer skin). The
RLX weighs in at 1,788 kg (3,942 pounds). Static bending and torsional
body rigidity are up 52 percent and 46 percent, respectively.
Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights (an Acura first) LED lamps enhance the RLX's modern and
distinctive appearance while providing outstanding light distribution
and improved down-the-road illumination.
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ offers a wide range of search options including local search
functionality and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ for both highways and surface streets.
Agile Handling Assist (an Acura first) uses active braking to help the
driver smoothly and easily trace the desired line through a curve with
smaller steering inputs.
Electric Parking Brake (an Acura first) provides one-touch parking brake
Automatic Brake Hold (an Acura first) maintains the vehicle's position
when the driving or parking brake are released until the throttle is
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (an Acura first),
allows the RLX to independently maintain a set following distance in
low-speed traffic situations, including stop and go traffic, and to
initiate vehicle braking when necessary.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses a camera mounted in the upper
portion of the windshield to detect vehicles ahead of the RLX and
audibly and visually alert the driver when it determines a frontal
collision with a detected vehicle is possible.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses the same windshield-mounted camera to
detect lane markings on the road and alerts the driver if the vehicle
is wandering from a detected lane.
Front seatbelt e-pretensioners use electronic control to reduce belt
tension under normal driving conditions, while also enabling automatic
belt tensioning in hard cornering maneuvers or in the event of a
Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines uses dynamic
guidelines that reflect steering wheel inputs on the display to aid in
Capless fueling (an Acura first) eliminates the fuel cap and improves
ease of fueling.
Further information is available upon request or by visiting www.acuranews.ca.
1Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of NHTSA's New Car Assessment
Program (www.SaferCar.gov). Vehicles tested under the new program cannot be compared to MY10 and
2 Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Acura. Final EPA mileage
estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison
purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive
and maintain your vehicle.
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Image with caption: "Making its Canadian debut at the Montreal International Auto Show, the 2014 Acura MDX Prototype evokes strength and excitement and once again raises the bar in the luxury SUV category it created. (CNW Group/Acura Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130116_C6581_PHOTO_EN_22652.jpg
Image with caption: "Making its first Canadian appearance at the Montreal International Auto Show was the all-new 2014 Acura RLX - the most powerful, spacious, and technologically-advanced Acura sedan ever. Utilizing an all-new direct-injection engine and the first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™, the 2014 RLX delivers a new and dynamic driving experience unlike that of any other luxury performance sedan. (CNW Group/Acura Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130116_C6581_PHOTO_EN_22650.jpg
SOURCE: Acura Canada
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