The 2021 Acura TLX takes an enormous step ahead for the model’s mid-size mannequin because of its new platform, turbocharged engines, and bold styling. For sure, there’s lots to see and speak about. That is precisely why MotorTrend’s personal Miguel Cortina took a visit out to Honda Proving Middle within the Mojave Desert to pore over the brand new TLX with Acura’s vice chairman and model officer Jon Ikeda.
The brand new Acura TLX is immediately distinguishable from the old model by its low-slung entrance finish and lengthy dash-to-axle ratio. Acura claims the latter function will increase by 7.eight inches over the earlier mannequin, giving the sedan an extended hood and cab-rearward profile. Although its new proportions counsel a rear-wheel-drive structure, the bottom TLX continues to route its powers to the entrance wheels. Nonetheless, the automotive is obtainable with Acura’s Tremendous Dealing with All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), and crucially, affords a efficiency mannequin that revives the celebrated Kind S badge. The 2021 Acura TLX Kind S is powered by a brand new turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, which transmits energy to all 4 wheels by way of a 10-speed automated transmission. Actual energy figures have not been revealed but, however we estimate the Kind S will land somewhere in the mid-300-hp range.
That stated, we do have numbers for the TLX’s new base engine. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is nice for 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. That engine additionally comes mated to a 10-speed auto, although the Kind S’s gearbox can be specifically tuned for its extra efficiency. SH-AWD is an possibility on the turbo-four automotive, as properly, and all TLXs obtain a brand-new double-A-arm entrance suspension—Acura’s first try at such a setup in years.
Whereas driving the check observe, Ikeda instructed us in regards to the significance of the brand new TLX and what it means for the model, which not too long ago pivoted to the tagline “Precision Crafted Efficiency.” The TLX is the following step in Acura’s repositioning, nevertheless it’s actually not the final. We have lengthy suspected the TLX is not going to be the one Acura to sport the Kind S trim, and Ikeda does not rule out the potential for the following MDX, which is expected to drop after the TLX launches, getting the Kind S efficiency therapy, too. As he instructed us within the interview, “Why not?” On high of that, he hinted that we will count on to see a brand new compact sports activities sedan sooner or later, doubtless a successor to the current Civic-based ILX. Try the video for the entire story.