Acura Has Big Plans To Broaden Its Lineup With More Type S Cars And SUVs

Source: MotorIllustrated

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.

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Acura ILX | Photo: Acura

The car looks like it stayed pretty true to the Type S Concept it’s based on. The 2021 Acura TLX will debut online May 28 at 1:00 pm Eastern time.

Acura teases the 2021 TLX ahead of its debut next week

Source: Driving.ca

The second-generation Acura TLX is making a big departure from its previously sedate styling, taking inspiration from the Type S concept and bringing in a host of new tech.

In a new small teaser video, we get a quick look at the rear end of the sedan, which clearly takes design cues from the 2016 Acura Precision Concept, as well as the Type S Concept that debuted at Monterey Car Week 2019.

Acura says the new TLX will be the “quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sport sedan in Acura history”, which is a lofty claim, but not an impossible goal.

There will also apparently be a Type S variant to mark the “model’s performance pinnacle,” powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that will make its debut in the redesigned TLX. The last time we saw a Type S variant in the Acura lineup was more than 10 years ago, in the TL.

The Type S variant could be what Acura needs to set itself apart from parent company Honda, which recently revived the Type R badge on its Civic. The trim levels used to go hand-in-hand when the vehicles shared a platform, but now Acura will use the performance-associated badge to elevate its lineup.

The turbocharged V6 still remains somewhat of a mystery, as power figures haven’t been discussed. The engine will eventually make its way onto other vehicles in the Acura lineup.

The 2021 Acura TLX will debut online May 28 at 1:00 pm Eastern time.

2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition Driveway Test | Shine bright like a … ruby

Source: AutoBlog

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Acura’s ageing sedan is still a stunner, especially in Valencia Red Pearl paint.

Valencia Red Pearl. That’s the story with the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition. We got to see this limited edition TLX sedan at the New York Auto Show last year, but now it’s in my driveway. The show lights don’t do this paint justice. The setting sun reflecting off the deep and vibrant red … now that’s how this car is meant to be gazed upon.

Like I mentioned in the video walkaround above, the TLX PMC Edition is hand-assembled at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio. The body-in-white is trundled across town to the NSX supercar factory where those technicians do the rest to make it road-worthy. All 360 of them are being wrapped in their own special car covers and delivered to dealers on an enclosed truck to make sure it arrives without a single exterior flaw.

About that paint

Valencia Red Pearl is a $6,000 paint option on the Acura NSX. On the TLX PMC, it’s $0. The paint process itself is time-consuming and intensive. Acura says the vibrancy and high-colour saturation is thanks to nano pigment technology.

“Engineered using mica, metal flake and super-high transparency nano pigments, the paint is applied using PMC’s advanced robotic paint system in multiple base coats to enhance color intensity. This is followed by two clear coats to increase the paint’s luster,” Acura’s description reads.

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  • 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition
  • Image Credit: Zac Palmer

The five-day process is well worth it. I’ve tried my best to illustrate it through photos and video, but it’s still not representative enough of this red paint. It has a depth and shimmer to it, as if the body panels were a swimming pool, awaiting a cannonball dive into the deep end.

This car being an exclusive, special edition vehicle hasn’t destroyed the value proposition either. In actuality, the TLX PMC is the one to buy if you want a fully-loaded TLX. Acura doesn’t allow you to option the A-Spec and Advance packages together with the standard TLX, but both of those are included with the PMC Edition. If you were able to combine all those packages, the final price would ring up to $50,650. The final price on our test car is $49,945, including the $995 destination charge on the sticker. Basically, you’re getting every option in the book at around list price, plus all of the special PMC Edition extras for nothing. Why yes, of course we’ll have the PMC Edition.

It drives just like the TLX A-Spec — check out our full review of that car here. The 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 sings a classic Honda soundtrack to about 7,000 rpm, and the nine-speed transmission is remarkably responsive in Sport Plus mode. It becomes a sloth in any other mode, even resisting downshifts in Sport. That SH-AWD system continues to be a joy when pushed — it’ll even provide for a playful rear end if you turn off traction control. The straight line speed doesn’t compare to quicker, turbocharged rivals (neither does the interior), but the talkative steering and confidence-inspiring chassis makes this a true sport sedan.

Acura MDX – AcuraWatch Safety & Driver-Assist Technologies

Every MDX comes with AcuraWatch™, an innovative suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies like Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System and Road Departure Mitigation. In addition to AcuraWatch, the MDX offers more available driver-assist features such as blind spot information system, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, and Surround-View Camera.

Epic Road Trip Adventure: Assembly To Track 2020 Acura NSX

Source: Forbes

I recently had the opportunity to take an inside look at how the Acura NSX gets built.  The fun didn’t stop there! I was able to drive an NSX off the factory lot to the legendary Daytona Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the endurance Rolex 24 hour race.  Acura supports several incredible racing teams such as Acura Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing, both of whom participated in the race. These racing groups use Acura sourced vehicles and parts to compete in the longstanding endurance race. After all, Acura was born to be an enthusiast brand with racing heritage behind the badge, as we see today in the NSX.

2020 Acura NSX
2020 Acura NSX KYLE EDWARD

Acura hand assembles the NSX supercar in Marysville, OH.  Just down the road in Anna, OH, the engine gets individual, manually built treatment in a specialized facility by Honda’s best engine assembly crew.  Many crew members who work in the NSX manufacturing plant, as well as Honda’s general assembly, have worked for the company for over 30 years. 

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2020 Acura NSX KYLE EDWARD

After spending the day touring the facilities, we headed to the lot to find an array of sparkling new NSX supercars with just 30 miles on the odometer. Those 30 miles aren’t road miles though, as Acura brakes in every NSX engine, so it’s ready to hit the racetrack right from the factory line.

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Over the next three days, we drove through Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  A wonderfully scenic route was planned out in advance that took us through some of the most enjoyable back roads in the country.  This allowed us to experience just how capable the NSX truly is. 

2020 Acura NSX
2020 Acura NSX KYLE EDWARD

Having driven several other cars in this class like the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo, I can say with confidence that the NSX outhandles the 911 Turbo and is neck and neck with the Audi R8. It’s able to achieve such incredible handling dynamics due to the use of active dampers and a variable electric power steering system, which adjusts to your driving speed and steering inputs to ensure you keep the shiny side up. Torque-vectoring AWD also plays a vital role in allowing the NSX to handle like it’s on rails, giving you the confidence to head into curves at speed and feel the g-force take hold of your body.

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2020 Acura NSX KYLE EDWARD

The NSX is a mid-engine hybrid supercar, using battery technology in conjunction with its turbocharged 6-cylinder engine. This highly sophisticated system uses an all-new twin-turbocharged mid‑mounted V6 engine and a direct drive motor that supplements the driver with instant torque response. The front wheels are mechanically independent of the rear power unit.  Instead, the front wheels use two electric motors, while the rear wheels get power from the twin‑turbocharged V6 with one direct-drive motor and the 9-speed DCT. 

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2020 Acura NSX KYLE EDWARD

The result is instant torque from the electric drive unit and a total system output of 573 horsepower and 476 lb.-ft. of torque, which is suitable for a 0-60 time of just 2.9 seconds. The NSX clocks a quicker time than the Audi R8 V10, Porsche 911 Turbo, and McLaren 570s. 

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Final Thoughts

It was an incredible experience seeing the NSX come to life right before my own eyes. Those who make this supercar dream a reality, do so at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.  These highly skilled workers are handpicked, and most of them have over 20 years of experience at Honda manufacturing vehicles. The NSX is such a unique performance vehicle from many different angles, one of which is that it’s hand-built in the USA and can go head to head with Ferrari’s, Lamborghinis, and McLarens. While performance is present in this car, it also retails for a fraction of the price, starting at $157,500. Plus, it’s an Acura product that will require less maintenance than an Italian supercar. 

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2020 Acura NSX KYLE EDWARD

Driving it off the factory lot in Ohio and piloting it down to Florida on an epic road trip to watch Acura race in the Rolex 24, was a testament to just how focused Acura is on motorsports and how the NSX is truly a supercar ready to hit the track.

2020 Acura MDX Review: The Previous Go-To Still Has Loads Going For It

Source: Motor Illustrated

2020 Acura MDX – Matt St-Pierre

Only five years ago, the answer to the question “What 3-row SUV?” would have been, without hesitation: Acura MDX. For months shy of a full 20 years, the Acura MDX has paved and led the way for all other larger midsize 3-row SUVs, be they from luxury brands or otherwise.

The third generation of the venerable Acura MDX arrived for the 2014 model year and got the usual once-over for 2017. Now, in the automotive world, dating “back” to 2014 means that a vehicle is getting on in age – this is the harsh reality. But where the current Acura MDX differs is that it has excellent bones and a really good heart.


V6 and SH-AWD are still very much in the game

2020 Acura MDX – Matt St-Pierre

The 2020 Acura MDX Tech is the wise value-packed version of this SUV and it helped make the MDX’s case. All of these SUVs, save for the hybrid, use Honda’s excellent 3.5-litre V6 which is one of the vehicle’s greatest assets. In fact, its entire drivetrain is a big win. With 290-horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque on tap from 4,700 rpm, forward momentum is quickly achieved.

We love that Acura’s SH-AWD is a continued triumph in performance, efficiency. We also appreciate the display that depicts which wheels are getting more torque.


Good passenger quarters

2020 Acura MDX – Matt St-Pierre

We’re also fans of the 2020 Acura MDX’s cabin. The seats, another Acura staple, are supportive and comfortable, in both the front and second rows. The third row remains a decent back-up plan. When not in use, the boot reveals 1,087 litres of useable volume with plenty of bins and storage – the same goes throughout the cabin.

The 2020 Acura MDX Tech includes the signature Jewel headlights, blind-spot monitoring, 20-inch wheels, navigation and extra attention in keeping the cabin quiet over the base vehicle. Basic standard features include a power hatch, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, remote starter, many active safety elements and much more.

Acura Unveils Hand-Built PMC Edition MDX at the LA Auto Show

Source: Road Show

Like the PMC TLX before it, this SUV will be hand-built in Acura’s NSX factory.

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Acura’s hand-built PMC Edition lineup started with just one car, but at the 2019 LA Auto Show, the automaker finally brought a second vehicle into the mix.

If you don’t remember what the whole PMC thing is all about, then we’re entirely too happy to explain. PMC stands for Performance Manufacturing Center, which is the facility in Ohio where Acura builds its NSX supercar.

The PMC Edition cars are very limited runs of otherwise normal-production — but very well optioned — vehicles that are essentially hand-assembled by highly skilled technicians.

What else separates a PMC Edition from a regular MDX? Well, for one thing, it’s offered in only one colour, albeit a lovely one. It’s called Valencia red pearl, and even that’s given special love and attention at the factory. There are also a bunch of gloss black exterior trim pieces that are exclusive to the PMC, and gloss black 20-inch wheels. Inside, it’s all a sea of exclusive black leather and Alcantara with red accent stitching.

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The PMC MDX gets a very nicely equipped interior with lots of soft black leather and Alcantara.Acura

The rest of the equipment is a mix of A-Spec and sport appearance package stuff with all the safety features like AcuraWatch and infotainment and navigation equipment thrown in. What you’ll notice very clearly is a distinct lack of any performance modifications.

The PMC is still powered by Acura’s 3.5-litre direct-injected V6 that still makes 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. That engine is again mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and paired with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

2020 Acura TLX First Review

Source: Kelly Blue Book

  • 2020 TLX features four new exterior colour options
  • AcuraWatch safety technology standard on all trims
  • Two engines: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6
  • Optional A-Spec package includes 19-inch wheels
  • Pricing starts at $37,490

Acura’s midsize performance luxury sedan, the 2020 Acura TLX, arrives largely unchanged from the 2019 model, save for four new premium exterior color options. As before, the TLX will be offered with a choice of powertrains, either a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder, sending its power to the front wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic, or a 290-horse 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 operated by a 9-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is optional on the V6.

What’s the fuel economy on the 2020 Acura TLX?

The 4-cylinder earns EPA ratings of 23 mpg city, 33 highway and 27 combined, and the 3.5-liter V6 is rated at 20 city, 31 highway and 24 combined, although there are slight variations in each depending on the package and equipment.

While the 4-cylinder models are front-drive only, the V6 standard model with front drive tends to suffer a bit from torque steer. With that engine, we prefer Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, which shifts torque to the rear wheels as needed, and even from right to left, depending on which wheel has the most traction. We love the growl of the V6 engine, although some reviewers have found the 9-speed automatic less than seamless. Some reviewers prefer the 8-speed that’s mated to the 4-cylinder engine. The TLX is plenty sporty to drive, but rivals like the BMW 3 Series or Infiniti Q50 come with rear-wheel drive with a sportier feel.

Technology and A-Spec Packages offered

As before, the TLX is offered with a number of packages, including the Technology and A-Spec, and exclusive to the V6 models, the Advance package. The Technology package adds such things as leather seating, navigation, a 10-speaker ELS premium audio system, and rain-sensing wipers. The A-Spec package adds to that dual exhaust pipes, ventilated front seats, a matte-black grille, 19-inch wheels, and special styling cues both inside and out. The Advance package adds such things as a surround-view camera, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. New for the 2020 TLX are four new premium color options: Performance Red Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic and (exclusive to the A-Spec package) Apex Blue Pearl.

On the technology front, the TLX is well equipped, which only adds to its value proposition against such competitors as BMW, Audi and Lexus. Even the base models include a moonroof, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-speaker audio system, Bluetooth streaming, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. This is particularly noteworthy, as neither CarPlay nor Android Auto are available on its big brother, the RLX.

Safety

The 2019 Acura TLX earned the top rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and we see no reason that the 2020 TLX will falter. Standard across the Acura brand is AcuraWatch, the company’s suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technology, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and automatic brake hold, which keeps the brake on at stoplights to give your foot a momentary rest.

What’s the price of the 2020 Acura TLX?

Pricing for the 2020 Acura TLX ranges from $37,490 for the base model 4-cylinder up to a high of $49,290 for the V6-powered model with the Advance Package. That makes it very competitive against rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, although it lacks their badge appeal. In its class, other competitors include the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Volvo S60. Due to Acura’s excellent reputation for both build quality and reliability, TLX resale values tend to hold up well, which we expect to carry over for the 2020 model year.