A flood of news is expected to come soon regarding the 2015 Acura TLX, but so far Acura has been fairly quiet on this new midsize sedan. What we do know is that Acura is working on a next-generation mid-size sedan that’s based on the platform that underpins the latest Honda Accord.
With the introduction of the ILX, the TSX now seems to hold an irrelevant place in the Acura lineup. On the other end of the spectrum, the existing TL is now too large and encroaches on space occupied by the all-new RLX.
Enter the TLX—slightly smaller that the current TL, it will serve as a replacement for both the TL and TSX. Both sedans are getting a bit long in the tooth, especially the latter considering its based on the European-spec Accord. With the latest generation Accord now being represented by one, global platform, it makes since that the demise of the TSX is near indeed. But the new Accord is also closer in size to the current TL.
Acura has been struggling to find its identity in the luxury space for years, and the biggest battle ground in undoubtedly the midsize segment. With Germans dominating and Americans gaining traction, the new TLX will serve a very important role combining the aspects of both the TSX and TL—namely being luxurious, packed with technology, roomy, relatively affordable, and incredibly fun-to-drive.
From the few spy photos that have emerged thus far, it’s hard to make any guesses about the Acura TLX’s styling. However, it’s expected that the TL’s sharp, polarizing angles are going to be ditched in favor of the more conservative, graceful lines the new MDX and ILX.
Powertrain options int he TLX are expected to be familiar. Honda’s venerable 3.5-liter V6 is likely to be the powerplant and it will produce upwards of 280-horsepower. Like the TL, buyers will likely be able to opt for Acura’s beloved torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
The competition is only getting better, and the TLX will definitely have a difficult job ahead of it. The Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, and Mercedes-Benz C-class are the TLX’s main competitors.
While Acura’s don’t come cheap, the new TLX is expected to deliver on premium value. Expect starting prices to be similar to the TL’s mid-$30,000 price point. The sedan should make its debut very soon and arrive in showrooms as a 2015 model.