Acura announced Wednesday that it was making the all-new 2021 TLX Type S available for online pre-orders, even before they gave the car a price tag. Acura buyers, apparently, were eager, and the online pre-sale has already sold out.
The sell-out took just eight hours, with buyers putting down a $2,500 deposit for their Acura TLX Type S and snagging one of the 119 vehicles that could be ordered as part of the advance sale. Even more surprising, Apex Blue Pearl, which might be the best colour offered on the car (and the signature colour of the old A-Spec trims) isn’t even available as part of the pre-order.
The announcement comes with another surprise for Canadian buyers looking for the new 355 hp Type S: Canada is only getting 240 units in total, Acura says, meaning that almost half of them are gone already.
Acura says it will start a waitlist, though, for those who still want a 2021 TLX Type S. Reach out to your local dealer or visit the automaker’s website to try and grab one of the remaining places on the list.
The 2021 Type S will start arriving at Acura dealers in June, with a price somewhere around $60,000, though that MSRP uncertainty certainly doesn’t seem to have slowed down interest in the car. In addition to the Type S-spec 3.0L twin-turbo V6, the car will get all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, bigger brakes and tires, and Ultrasuede sports seats inside.
With a dramatic redesign, the 2022 MDX is the most premium, performance-focused and technologically sophisticated SUV in Acura history
Acura’s all-new flagship, the 2022 MDX goes on sale at Canadian Acura dealers on February 12. If you can’t handle the anticipation, then secure your spot right now by reserving an MDX and become one of the first to purchase the most popular 3-row SUV in North American history by visiting https://www.acura.ca/mdx or any local dealer’s website
Occupying its new position as the brand flagship, the next-generation Acura MDX marks a quantum leap forward with a bold exterior design coupled with a sophisticated and elegant new interior featuring the most high-tech and advanced cockpit in the brand’s history.
35 years of Performance Heritage
35 years of innovation and performance engineering have led Acura to the 2022 MDX, demonstrating how long-time racing and sports car success is powering the fourth-generation SUV to its new role as the flagship of the brand.
Key components of the all-new MDX include its bold and athletic exterior design along with a new, sophisticated and elegant interior featuring the most high-tech and advanced cockpit in the brand’s history.
MDX performance is underpinned by a first-ever double-wishbone front suspension applied to its all-new, ultra-rigid platform. This video – 2022 MDX Performance – demonstrates MDX’s powerful towing capabilities.
In December, Nissan celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Nissan LEAF electric car and the delivery of 500,000 LEAF vehicles since the model was first introduced. The milestones signify the contribution of customers around the world who have joined the journey toward a more sustainable and resilient society by switching to electric mobility.
In July 2020, Nissan unveiled the Nissan Ariya, an all-electric crossover. The Ariya is a key model in the company’s Nissan NEXT transformation plan. Nissan is developing a growing lineup of advanced electrified cars and technologies that meet a wide range of needs and help customers feel more confident, connected and excited.
Transportation design student Sung Nak Lee has released the project he completed during his 2019 Honda Internship: a two-seat autonomous vehicle that can turn into a single-seat sports car called the Acura Allure.
The design challenge he set for himself was to consider what the future holds for premium automakers when ownership models change. The answer, according to Sung Nak Lee, is making objects that interact with you emotionally.
As he sees it, ownership has moved from materialism to today’s selective ownership, and will eventually move to ownership of things that will allow us to have an emotional interaction with them.
How does that relate to a car? Well, the Allure wants to create a dual experience for its occupants. It has sort of an hourglass shape that makes the back wide enough for two, lounge-style seats.
Sitting here, you let the self-driving car take over and relax. The idea is to be comfortable and, as Sung Nak Lee’s two emoji people appear to be doing, spending time with a loved one.
The seats, you may notice, are split down the middle. That’s more than just an aesthetic choice. The outside portion of either seat slides forward, making a single, centrally positioned seat, from which you can drive yourself.
The way the car is shaped means you have access to a greater panorama of the outside world and can pick apexes and interact with the machine, rather than someone else.
MARKHAM, ON, Dec. 1, 2020 /CNW/ – Acura will reveal the boldly redesigned 2022 Acura MDX, the brand’s new flagship model, on Dec. 8. Based on the styling, performance and technology showcased in the MDX Prototype, the debut of the 2022 MDX production vehicle delivers on those ambitious benchmarks.
The fourth-generation MDX, receives an emotional redesign, sits atop a new platform with double wishbone front suspension, and features a sumptuously appointed interior with an arsenal of new features and technologies.
The fourth-generation MDX joins RDX and the recently-launched TLX sport sedan as the latest model to be designed from the ground up around Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance brand DNA. The all-new MDX, featuring a 3.5-litre VTEC® V6 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission and fourth-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), will arrive at dealers early next year.
The original 2001 MDX was the industry’s first three-row SUV to be based on a unibody platform, with superior comfort, space and driving performance than existing truck-based SUVs. Upon its debut, MDX earned critical praise, including 2001 North American Truck of the Year and 2001 Motor Trend SUV of the Year awards.
Over the past two decades and three generations of advancement, MDX has earned its place as Acura Canada’s all-time, best-selling vehicle, with cumulative sales exceeding 100,000 units.
Acura occupies an exalted spot in Grasso’s Garage. Its redesigned TLX provides an ultra sporty option to the luxury market.
Acura, the upscale brand for Honda, is known for manufacturing great-looking automobiles that are ultra-techy.
In the 2021 Acura TLX, there are a bunch of changes, all for the good. We notice a significant upgrade to the exterior with some sleek additions confirming Acura’s emphasis on the sporty side of things. A weight balance adjustment in the TLX includes the aluminum fenders, damper mounts and relocation of the battery to the trunk. This move reduces body roll.
The TLX has an all-new platform, and all versions can have Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. It seems slightly stiffer than its predecessor, but is still a nice ride for the luxury sport sedan compared to the BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4; the TLX comes in with a lower suggested retail price than all of them. The fourth generation SH-AWD system provides a class-leading torque-vectoring system that is one of the best. Acura kicks the 3.5L V-6 engine aside and implements a torquey 2.0L turbo four-cylinder providing 48 more ft.-lb. over the last generation. This brings it to 280 ft.-lb. and 272 horsepower and a nicely equipped 10-speed automatic.
The TLX gains a new True Touchpad interface like Lexus but lightyears ahead in the technology department. A palm rest and real volume knob exists to avoid the touch screen type infotainment system. This infotainment system takes some getting used to but once familiar, it is absolutely great, just like historical Acura models. The new ELS Studio Premium Audio system is like a recording studio with its dual force subwoofers and four premium slim speakers overhead and 17 speakers throughout the vehicle. Advance, A-Spec, Tech and base packages are still available and our Platinum White Pearl tester came with a Parchment interior. Eight exterior colors and six interior options are available depending on what package you choose.
It’s evident that Acura knows how to manufacture a great all around automobile. For the TLX it’s just another great example of why Acura tops the charts in this market all while maintaining a reasonable price.
If the sedan market is your category of choice, you better get down to see the TLX, because it’s the hottest looking, most realistic sporty automobile in the market today.
It’s been a while since Acura built a worthy sports sedan. Although the TL and TSX earned comparison-test victories in their day, merging the two to create the tweener 2015 TLX failed to capture the magic of either. Meanwhile, Acura’s other sedan, the Honda Civic–based ILX, has withered on the vine, and when the 11th-gen Civic debuts in the coming months, the ILX will be two whole Civic generations behind.
It’s a good thing that the new TLX is an extremely credible and full-fledged effort. Parked next to a BMW 3-series, the TLX looks supercar wide, backing up Acura’s boasts about the width and low roofline of its new sedan. Compared with the Bimmer, it has an extra 3.3 inches between its flanks. It’s also 8.9 inches longer.
That added width isn’t just for your eyeballs; it’s for your elbows and hips, too. The interior room up front is generous, with lots of space between the driver and passenger. The cabin also shows off real wood or textured aluminum trim. But the larger footprint brings with it that universal enemy of performance: weight. Top-trim TLXs, with the optional SH-AWD, will be pushing 4000 pounds; that’s more than 300 pounds heavier than a 330i xDrive and some 600 pounds heavier than a Honda Accord.
Yet, despite its size, the TLX’s rear-seat accommodations are on the small side for a luxury compact sedan. But Acura has a reasonable explanation: Consumers’ widespread migration to crossovers gave the development team the courage to sacrifice interior space on the altar of beauty, as everyone who’s shopping for maximum practicality has already moved on to an SUV.
The chassis is also a major differentiator. Set up and engineered for the handling needs of the performance-focused Type S model that will launch in spring of 2021, the structure is stiff, with perfectly dialled-in chassis tuning. TLX Advance models feature adaptive damping and a handful of driving modes, but the Comfort and Normal settings have too much float. The base car’s nonadjustable suspension tuning strikes us as just right. Remember when BMWs used to have one excellent setup? The regular TLX is like that.
Laying the Groundwork
Building a great-driving car starts with a firm foundation of stampings, castings, and extrusions. Acura’s TLX benefits from an overhauled architecture, designed with the fortitude to make the high-performance Type S work. No chassis parts are shared with the Honda Accord, which is built in the same Ohio assembly plant. Lengthening the distance between the dash and front axle yields almost rear-drive proportions. Only the longish front overhang hints at the transverse-engine, front-drive setup. The control-arm front suspension is a return to Acura sedans of the past, and it’s a claimed 85 percent stiffer laterally than the last TLX’s strut setup. The rear suspension gains a link (to five total) for better wheel control; lateral stiffness is up 45 percent. Underhood, the four-cylinder sits so far ahead of the axle, it looks as if you could remove the steering rack from above. That extra room is to accommodate the TLX Type S’s turbo V-6. The battery moves to the rear for the first time in an Acura, shifting a claimed 52 pounds to the tail, while the use of aluminum for the front fenders and shock towers removes 29 pounds from the nose. Acura says the center of gravity shifts 3.4 inches rearward. All-wheel-drive models have a 57/43 percent front/rear weight distribution.
Far More Expensive, but Still a Bargain
The price is up $4500, but the TLX’s $38,525 entry point is still $3720 less than a 3-series’. Add $2000 if you want all-wheel drive. At launch, the TLX gets a transversely mounted 272-hp turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four from the RDX and Honda’s 10-speed automatic. It’s a satisfying powertrain, and the electronically enhanced engine noises are natural-sounding and pleasing, which isn’t the norm.
The fourth generation of Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (a.k.a. SH-AWD) reacts quicker and with more available rear bias than the last, and you can feel the system tightening your line during vigorous cornering as it overdrives the outside rear tire. The 10-speed serves admirably across the Honda and Acura lineups, but the programming and responses aren’t much different here than they are in, say, an Odyssey minivan. And its lazy reaction to paddle inputs and refusal to hold gears stand out as detriments. The brakes are the same electro-servo system used in the NSX but with slightly less aggressive tuning. The pedal is firm and easy to modulate, unlike some similar systems.
In a drag race, the TLX won’t be able to hang with the quick end of the segment, and annoyingly, it might be outdone by its little brother, the Accord 2.0T, too, given the weight difference. Acura fits the TLX’s 19-inch wheels that come on everything but the base model with Michelin’s Primacy A/S, a tire chosen not for its grip but probably its long tread wear, ride comfort, low noise, and minimized rolling resistance. For this reason, although the steering is quicker than before, and with progressively wider gear-tooth spacing so the response quickens as you turn the wheel off-center. But turn-in is dull, and the tires squeal even at responsible street speeds.
Acura’s choice of a laid-back tire is a shame, as the dialled-in chassis is begging for more grip. Torsional rigidity is up by a claimed 50 percent, and you can feel it. There’s greatness in the latest TLX, but it’s going to take the Type S’s 355-hp turbocharged V-6 and 20-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4s to fully realize it.
The all-new 2021 Acura TLX is Acura’s quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sedan in the brand’s 35-year history. With a model-exclusive body structure and chassis architecture, all turbo engine lineup, and an athletic stance with bold proportions, the new TLX delivers dramatic gains in both style and dynamic performance.
This rebirth, spawned in part by the all-new Acura TLX, could bring back the Acura we all love and remember.
By the looks of it, the ILX will get a new name.
The next MDX will earn a Type S version.
As will the new compact sedan…
Without going all the way back to Acura’s glory years, Honda’s luxury brand was doing well in most respects up until the late 2000s. Bad design decisions, which gave birth to the “beak”, and other such mistakes lead Acura astray. But now, there’s hope and the all-new 2021 TLX is only the beginning. In the next two years, we can expect more Type S variants and a new compact sedan.
This series of Acura-related news was shared on acurazine.com. A link to a 2020 Acura dealer webcast was posted but regrettably, someone removed its content. Fortunately, screenshots were taken and this is the important one.
We now have most of the information on the 2021 TLX and for the moment, it all seems very promising. A Type S iteration of the MDX is coming and by the look of the X-axis, it’s probably not that far off. We are assuming that Acura won’t muck about and will in fact drop the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine with 10-speed automatic transmission into the MDX. With a potential 400+horsepower, it could become an affordable Audi SQ7 alternative.
This leads us to the 2022 Acura “new compact sedan” and so many questions. The current ILX was recently facelifted and upgraded and despite being an “interesting” car, it fails to spark concrete interest from enthusiasts and, more importantly, buyers. The chart refers not to an ILX but its replacement and the fact that it will also be offered in Type S guise. In the past, Canada was privy to the 2007 Acura CSX type S which was a recalibrated and polished Civic Si. Back then, there was no Civic Type R but it’s around now…
We would love to see Acura take the Civic Type R and remake an Integra Type R out of it but that car’s time has passed. More than likely, we will see a new compact Acura with either a healthy turbocharged 1.5-litre from the Civic Si or possibly with the new TLX’s boosted 2.0-litre. Finally, the next generation of the Honda Civic should be less than two years away and with will come a new Type R – an electrified AWD Type R… Maybe it’s not too late for a hardcore compact Acura after all.
So many questions! So many possibilities! We only hope that Acura will run with all this excellent potential and return to its rightful spot alongside Audi and BMW.