Acura Debuts 2014 RLX Sedan at Los Angeles Auto Show

All-new flagship sedan showcases signature new Acura technologies; boasts 
class-leading fuel-efficiency, handling agility and rear-seat legroom 
LOS ANGELES, CA, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Acura took the wraps off its all-new 
2014 RLX luxury-performance sedan - the most powerful, spacious, and 
technologically advanced Acura sedan, ever. In keeping with the Man-Machine 
Synergy direction of the Acura brand, the RLX utilizes an all-new 
direct-injection engine, lightweight body structure, and the first-ever 
application of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer(™) to deliver a new and 
dynamic driving experience unlike that of any other luxury performance sedans. 
The AcuraLink(®) cloud-based connected car system makes its debut on the new 
RLX, offering a broad range of convenience, entertainment and security 
"The 2014 Acura RLX is the next introduction in our product line-up that 
showcases Acura technology and the Man-Machine Synergy direction. The RLX 
driver will feel a connection to the product, to the road and to the world 
around them," said Dave Jamieson, Assistant Vice President, Sales and 
Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. "Designing a vehicle that truly responds to the 
will of the driver is Acura's commitment to Canadian luxury buyers and the RLX 
represents this commitment with superior and responsive handling." 
The 2014 Acura RLX is powered by an all-new 310-horsepower direct-injected 
24-Valve i-VTEC(®) V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management, and is 
expected to earn best-in-class estimated fuel economy ratings of 20/31/24 
mpg(1 )(city/highway/combined). The new RLX delivers full-size interior space 
in a nimbler, mid-size luxury sedan package and boasts the best rear-seat 
legroom (985.5 mm), longest tandem seating distance (924.6 mm), and best front 
and rear shoulder room in the mid-luxury class. 
Precision All-Wheel Steer(™) (P-AWS) is the world's first technology to 
feature independent and continuous control of the left and right rear-wheel 
steering (toe) angles to achieve new levels of handling agility, high- and 
low-speed maneuverability, and confident handling control for a 
two-wheel-drive luxury sedan. 
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 combined(1), will debut later in 2013. 
The new RLX will confidently compete in the high-end luxury sedan market with 
an incredible array of leading-edge technologies - including AcuraLink(™) 
connectivity system with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic(™ )featuring freeway 
traffic and all-new surface street conditions, the Lane Keeping Assist System 
and Forward Collision Warning safety systems, and new driver-assistive 
technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Agile 
Handling Assist dynamic braking technology and Jewel Eye(™) LED headlights. 
The 2014 Acura RLX is slated to go on sale at Canadian Acura dealerships 
nationwide in the spring of 2013 and will be available in three grades - the 
well-equipped RLX, the feature-packed RLX with Technology package and the 
top-of-the-line RLX Elite package. Pricing details will be announced closer to 
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. The RLX's sleek upper body and numerous other aerodynamic 
features result in aerodynamic efficiency to best-in-class levels. 
Seven spoke 18x8J aluminum-alloy wheels and 245/45 R18 all-weather tires are 
standard, while Technology and Elite grades feature 19x8J wheels and 245/40 
R19 tires. The RLX's alloy wheels also feature a noise-reducing design that 
lowers tire noise by 7 decibels across the audible frequency range. 
Additional exterior features available on the RLX include an acoustic glass 
windshield and door glass, integrated power rear sunshade, front and rear 
parking sensors, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rain-sensing 
windshield wipers. 
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 top-of-the-line sedan. 
Luxury form and function are smartly 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, air conditioning, 
navigation and text-to-voice SMS text message function. The sliding, 
leather-trimmed armrest conceals a storage compartment with USB connectivity, 
12-volt accessory power outlet and space to store a tablet device. 
Additional interior comfort and convenience features include push-button 
start, power tilt and telescoping steering, power sunroof, tri-zone automatic 
climate control, and Bluetooth(®) HandsFreeLink(®). 
The standard 10-speaker ELS(®) audio system includes HD radio(™), XM radio, 
USB connectivity, and an auxiliary jack. The RLX with Technology package is 
equipped with a 14-speaker Acura/ELS(®) Studio premium audio system. The 
Elite package receives an all-new Krell ultra-premium system that sets a new 
benchmark for high-fidelity sound in a luxury vehicle. 
Chassis Technology 
Whether on a serpentine mountain pass, congested city street, or cramped 
airport parking deck, and in all weather conditions, the RLX with Precision 
All-Wheel Steer(™) (P-AWS(™)), is designed to deliver an unprecedented 
level of handling precision and control. 
Working in concert with Vehicle Stability Assist(®) (VSA(®)) with Traction 
Control and Agile Handling Assist dynamic braking system, P-AWS(™) provides 
enhanced vehicle stability, maneuverability, and control. The RLX's handling 
performance is further elevated by its new double-wishbone front and 
multi-link rear suspension system with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and new 
high-output, belt-type electronic power steering. 
All RLX models have 4-wheel disc brakes with high-friction pads and a 
4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS), along with new Hydraulic Brake Boost 
that improves brake pedal feel. New Electric Parking Brake with Automatic 
Brake Hold, and high-efficiency Vehicle Stability Assist(™) (VSA(®)) are 
additional firsts for Acura. 
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 and 272 lb.-ft. of torque, the engine delivers exceptional 
drivability, with more than 90-percent of its peak torque produced 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. 
The new engine is mated to a reengineered Sequential SportShift 6-speed 
automatic transmission with revised gearing, an intuitive selector and 
steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. A driver-selectable Sport mode provides 
more aggressive shift points and more pronounced engine braking during 
deceleration, along with manual operation. 
AcuraLink® Connectivity System 
The RLX is equipped with the AcuraLink(®) connectivity system, delivering a 
bevy of new information, 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 media and connectivity choices. AcuraLink(®) also 
delivers an array of available security and convenience features, such as 
AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic(™) featuring freeway traffic and all-new surface 
street traffic, airbag deployment notification, stolen vehicle tracking, 
remote locking and unlocking, security alarm notification and 24-hour 
personalized concierge services for restaurant reservations and more. 
Advanced Safety, Visibility, and Driver Assistive Technology 
The RLX offers a comprehensive list of leading-edge technologies, including 
Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist system, Forward Collision Warning 
and Collision Mitigation Brake system safety technologies, Adaptive Cruise 
Control with Low Speed Follow driver assist system, and Blind Spot Information 
and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines enhanced visibility 
Featuring Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering(™) II 
(ACE(™) II) body structure, the RLX is anticipated to earn top-level safety 
ratings, including a U.S. 5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score, and IIHS 'Top 
Safety Pick' rating as well as a GOOD rating in the new IIHS small overlap 
frontal crash test. 
Additional details on key advances and technologies for the all-new 2014 RLX: 

    --  Class leading interior space based on the RLX's longer
        wheelbase and efficient packaging. At 4981 mm, the RLX is
        similar in length to the outgoing RL, but it has a 51 mm longer
        wheelbase and is nearly 50 mm wider, placing the new RLX well
        above the norm in the mid-luxury class. The flagship RLX sedan
        has up to 76 mm 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 front and rear door outer panels (mated to steel
        inner panels). The RLX weighs in at 1784 kg (preliminary).
        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
    --  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 activation.
    --  Automatic Brake Hold (an Acura first) maintains the vehicle's
        position when the driving or parking brake are released until
        the throttle is depressed.
    --  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
    --  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
    --  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 collision.
    --  Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines uses
        guidelines that reflect steering wheel inputs on the display to
        aid in backup maneuvers.
    --  Capless fueling (an Acura first) eliminates the fuel cap and
        improves ease of fueling.

(1 )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: "Revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, the all-new 
flagship Acura RLX sedan showcases signature new Acura technologies, boasts 
class-leading fuel-efficiency, handling agility and rear-seat legroom. The 
2014 Acura RLX is slated to go on-sale at Canadian Acura dealers nationwide in 
the spring of 2013 and will be available in three grades. (CNW Group/Acura 
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