MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The new pinnacle of Acura's luxury-performance sedan lineup made its Canadian debut today at the Montreal International Auto Show. The 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is the most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle in Acura's history.
"The Sport Hybrid RLX sets a new bar in luxury performance sedans, but it does it the Acura way," said Jerry Chenkin, president and CEO, Honda Canada Inc. "The Sport Hybrid RLX has some of the most advanced technology on the planet, but this sedan is more than the sum of its parts. With the Sport Hybrid RLX everything comes together to create true synergy between man and machine."
The 377-horsepower Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD luxury-performance sedan is the first vehicle to deploy Acura's new three-motor hybrid powertrain technology - a world first, which will also power the Acura NSX supercar when it comes to market in 2015. The system combines a highly efficient, direct-injected V-6 engine with an all-new, Acura-designed, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor and an electrically powered variant of Acura's highly regarded torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
This advanced new hybrid powertrain delivers exhilarating driving performance with incredibly responsive power delivery and precise, sure-footed handling performance like no other vehicle in its class. Supported by the instantaneous torque delivered by its high-output electric motors, the RLX Sport Hybrid runs a 0-100 km/h time comparable with competitor's V8-powered machines. This performance, however, is coupled with a 6.8/6.3/6.5 L/100km (city/highway/combined) NRCan fuel economy rating1, which is in the range of 4-cylinder-powered luxury sedans.
The new Sport Hybrid RLX is another step in the complete revision of the Acura sedan lineup, which began with the introduction of the Acura ILX entry-level luxury sedan in 2012. Earlier this week, Acura's third new luxury sedan was unveiled in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. The Acura TLX prototype is an all-new modern-luxury sports machine that delivers the perfect blend of 5-passenger luxury comfort, advanced technology and incredible athletic performance. The TLX will be bookended by the Sport Hybrid RLX on one side and the ILX on the other.
"With the Sport Hybrid RLX, the new Acura MDX and the rest of our lineup, Acura is laser focused on our core values of technology innovation and engineering excellence. Acura is once again carving out our own space in the luxury vehicle market," said Mr. Chenkin.
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1 Based on 2014 NRCan mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.
Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RLX luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV and the MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.
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SOURCE: Acura Canada
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