Heralding a change that will "clarify its sedan lineup," Honda's premium division will introduce the 2015 Acura TLX—the successor to both the 2014 Acura TSX and Acura TL—at the upcoming 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The new sport sedan is designed to be the next-generation bridge between the Acura ILX entry-lux model and the high-tech Acura RLX flagship, which means pricing somewhere between the $26,900 of the former and the $48,450 of the latter.
That new hierarchy also will be rationalized in terms of dimensions, with the ILX, TLX and RLX fitting into the fairly standard compact, mid-size and full-size spectrum, and the new entry is further expected to feature "two all-new advanced powertrains that provide even more athletic performance, along with a host of signature Acura technologies." Perhaps more important, however, is that the new TLX is being created with a sharp focus on catering to U.S. customers. The prototype was created at the brand's design studio in Los Angeles, is being developed for production by Acura's R&D center in Ohio, and will be produced at Honda's manufacturing facility in Marysville in the Buckeye State. Needless to say, Acura is hoping the new TLX will follow in the sales footsteps of two other fresh entries that took a similar route to the marketplace: the Acura RDX and MDX crossovers that have earned record sales since their next-gen models debuted.
The only fly in the ointment? Some folks may be bugged by the fact that the demise of the Acura TSX will remove yet another sport wagon from our shores, since the Acura TLX is strictly a sedan—for now.
Said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president for American Honda Motor Co., Inc.: "This all-new Acura TLX is the perfect blend of style and muscle with its elegant, well-proportioned exterior that cloaks the true sport sedan chassis and powertrain beneath. The sporty characteristics that customers found appealing in the TSX are even more pronounced in this aggressive new TLX."