After four years of production, Honda’s premium brand is going to launch a refreshed version of this full-size sedan, as 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. This car came in 2013 and it is one of the top sedans that you can find on the market. Although it features excellent quality and plenty of other benefits, the company wants to increase sales. So, they did a facelift, which had its premiere recently. The new model comes with several changes, but most notable is definitely a new look. We are about to see latest styling solutions that will make this sedan even more attractive. There are changes at the front and rear end, but also on some other parts of the car. The interior design will also come with some modifications. We will see new materials, some new standard features, colors etc. The powertrain will remain the same.
2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid facelift
As we already mentioned, the company decided to update this large premium sedan. So, there are several novelties that will come with the 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. Most of them are visual nature, so this is a facelift in a classic manner. After four years of production, we will see changes mostly at the front end. The company used the recent Precision concept as an inspiration for new design solutions. There is a completely new “Diamond Pentagon” grille and also a more sculpted hood. The rear end of the car will also feature some new parts. There is a new design of taillight, and you will also notice a new gloss black rear diffuser. Inside, 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid also comes with novelties. The first thing that you will notice is new interior color. Also, there are new seats that should provide more comfort and convenience.
2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid features
When it comes to the equipment, 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid will come with a full load of standard features. The first that we would like to mention is that complete AcuraWatch suite comes as a standard feature. This package includes a whole bunch of active safety systems, such as forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation and Traffic Jam Assist. The 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid also comes with standard features like tri-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, satellite radio, HD Radio, Moonroof, 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors etc. The interesting thing about this car is that comes with two large screens on the center console. The bigger 8-inch screen is for navigation only, while the 7-inch screen is used for various other things.
2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid powertrain
Despite all these exterior and interior changes, 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid will come with the same powertrain. This system proved itself and there is really no need for some modifications. The powertrain is similar to one that can be found in NSX supercar. There is a 3.5-liter V6 that comes along with three electric motors. However, there are two electric motors on the rear axle, instead of the front. Transmission is new 10-speed automatic, which provides not only smoother ride but also better acceleration. The total output of this whole system is 377 horsepower, which is more than enough for excellent performances. It needs just 5.5 seconds for a 0-60 sprint. An average fuel consumption goes around 30 miles per gallon.
2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid release date and price
The new 2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid will probably go on sale in November. We don’t expect changes in price, so the base model should go around 60.000 dollars, while the top models will reach 65.000. Competition in this segment is tough. There are many cars in the offer, but key players are models like Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS etc.