Acura Announces Launch Plan and Pricing for 2014 RLX Flagship Sedan
Feature-rich Acura RLX boasts numerous signature Acura-exclusive
technologies, delivers incredible value on a luxury scale with
starting price of $48,450
The all-new 2014 Acura RLX flagship sedan will debut at Acura
dealerships on March 15, 2013, with a manufacturer's suggested retail
price (MSRP) starting at $48,450*. Featuring an all-new 310-horspower
direct-injected SOHC i-VTEC V-6 powerplant, the most spacious
passenger cabin in its class, and the first-ever application of
signature Acura technologies including Precision All-Wheel Steer and
Jewel Eye LED headlamps, the RLX delivers new levels of
technology-enhanced performance, safety, and luxury-class comfort to
Acura's range-topping sedan.
"With an array of signature Acura technologies, the 2014 Acura
RLX sets a new standard for luxury in the Acura lineup," said
Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales.
"The feature-rich RLX epitomizes Acura's 'Man-Machine Synergy'
product direction, utilizing advanced technology and smart vehicle
design to deliver incredible performance, comfort and value on a
In February, Acura dealers will kick off the "Destination
RLX" client experience program with every Acura dealer
nationwide featuring two 2014 Acura RLX sedans, weeks ahead of the
March 15 on-sale date, providing Acura clients with the opportunity to
experience the numerous new technologies available on the RLX luxury
The 2014 Acura RLX is powered by an all-new, 310-horsepower,
direct-injected SOHC 24-Valve i-VTEC® V-6 powerplant, Acura's
first-ever direct-injected engine architecture. Utilizing Variable
Cylinder Management (with the ability to deactivate the rear bank of
three cylinders) in combination with a lightweight and aerodynamic
body design, the new Acura RLX is anticipated to carry a class-leading
EPA fuel-economy rating of 20/31/24 mpg1 (city/highway/combined).
With the longest rear-seat legroom (38.8 inches), longest tandem
seating distance (36.4 inches), and widest front and rear shoulder
room in the mid-luxury class, the new RLX delivers full-size interior
space in a nimbler, more efficient midsize luxury sedan exterior
Featuring the first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel
Steer (P-AWS) the RLX achieves new levels of handling agility, high
and low-speed maneuverability, and confident handling control for a
two-wheel-drive luxury sedan. Precision All-Wheel Steer is the world's
first technology to feature independent and continuous control of the
left and right rear-wheel steering (toe) angles. Its benefits include
crisper lane changes, more nimble cornering, enhanced dynamic
response, tighter radius low-speed turning, and confidence-inspiring
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 EPA fuel-economy
ratings of 30 city/30 highway/30 combined, will debut later in 2013.
Further, the new RLX confidently competes in the high-end luxury sedan
market with an incredible array of leading-edge technologies,
including the next-generation AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car
system with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic featuring freeway traffic
and, for the first time, surface street traffic information.New
standard safety technologies include Lane Departure Warning and
Forward Collision Warning, a driver's knee airbag, and the
next-generation of Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE
II) body structure; along with available Collision Mitigation Braking
The RLX will also offer a bevvy of leading-edge visibility and
driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Keeping Assist System
(LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Blind
Spot Information (BSI) system, Multi-view Rearview Camera, Expanded
View Driver's Mirror, and front and rear parking sensors.
The 2014 Acura RLX will be available in five grades the
well-equipped RLX, the RLX with Navigation, the feature-packed RLX
with Technology package, the RLX with Krell Audio package, and the
top-of-the-line RLX with Advance package.
RLX with Navigation $50,950
RLX with Technology Package $54,450
RLX with Krell Audio Package $56,950
RLX with Advance Package $60,450
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 and lighting characteristics. The
RLX's sleek upper body combines with aerodynamic features to deliver
best-in-class levels of aerodynamic efficiency.
Seven spoke 18x8J aluminum-alloy wheels and 245/45 R18 all-weather
tires are standard, while Technology, Krell and Advance 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, center 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
center 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,
climate control, navigation, and text-to-voice SMS text message
functionality. The sliding, leather-trimmed armrest conceals a
dual-hinged center storage compartment with easy access for both the
driver and front passenger to USB connectivity, 12-volt accessory
power outlet and space to store tablets and other electronic devices.
Additional interior comfort and convenience features include
push-button start, power tilt and telescoping steering, power sunroof,
tri-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink®.
The standard 10-speaker ELS® audio system includes HD radio, XM
radio, Pandora® interface, USB connectivity, and an auxiliary jack.
The RLX with Technology package is equipped with a 14-speaker
Acura/ELS® Studio premium audio system. The Krell Audio and Advance
grades receive an ultra-premium, 14-speaker, Krell audio system that
sets a new benchmark for high-fidelity sound in a luxury vehicle.
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 in a two-wheel
drive luxury sedan.
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
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-liter, direct-injected
i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management. Rated at 310
horsepower, the engine delivers exceptional drivability, with more
than 90-percent of its peak 272 lb.-ft. of torque available 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 next-generation AcuraLink® cloud-based
connected car system, delivering a comprehensive array of 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
cloud-based news, information and media feeds. Next-generation
AcuraLink® also delivers an array of available, subscription-based,
security and convenience features, such as AcuraLink Real-Time
Traffic featuring freeway traffic and, for the first time, surface
street traffic information; airbag deployment notification; stolen
vehicle tracking; remote locking and unlocking; security alarm
notification; and 24-hour personalized concierge services.
Advanced Safety, Visibility, and Driver Assistive Technology
The RLX offers a bevy of leading-edge safety technologies, including
standard Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning
(FCW), seven smart-deploying airbags including a driver's knee airbag,
and Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering II (ACE
II) body structure.
The RLX is anticipated to earn top-level safety ratings, including a
5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score2. The RLX is also expected to join
the Acura TL sedan in earning an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating,
including a GOOD rating in the stringent new IIHS small overlap
frontal crash test.
The RLX also offers a comprehensive list of advanced visibility and
driver-assistive technologies, including the standard Expanded View
Driver's Mirror and Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines,
along with available Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) system, Collision
Mitigation Brake (CMBS) system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with
Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI), and front and rear
Additional details on key advances and technologies for the all-new
Class leading interior space based on the RLX's longer wheelbase and
efficient packaging. At 196.1 inches, the RLX is similar in length to
the outgoing RL, but it has a two-inch longer wheelbase and is nearly
two inches wider, placing the new RLX well above the norm in the
mid-luxury class. The flagship RLX sedan has up to three inches more
rear legroom than competing models, including the BMW 535i, Lexus
GS350 and Audi A6.
Extensive use of lightweight materials includes the application of
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 all-new "hybrid"
front and rear door panels (steel inner structure mated to aluminum
outer skin). The RLX weighs in at 3,933 pounds. Static bending and
torsional body rigidity are up 52 percent and 46 percent,
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 illumination.
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
Automatic Brake Hold (an Acura first) maintains the vehicle's position
when the driving or parking brake are released until the throttle is
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 necessary.
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 possible.
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
Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines uses dynamic
guidelines that reflect steering wheel inputs on the display to aid in
Capless fueling (an Acura first) eliminates the fuel cap and improves
ease of fueling.
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