Honda really needs some fresh new forces in its department. We just saw the current designers were too busy coming up with a good facelift for the new Crosstour, and here’s the latest work of their partners in Acura. The RLX concept is the new flagship saloon, but like all Acuras it looks like it belongs to the previous century. It also bears a strange resemblance to the Ford Taurus.
Underneath the not so interesting body though, the RLX is hugely advanced. The car, at least in this concept form, is powered by the same sort of hybrid powertrain Honda has developed for the new NSX supercar.
It consists of an all-new 3.5L direct-injected VTEC V-6 engine and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, with three electric motors, combine to generate more than 370-horsepower, and are paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). So in spite of its massive output, the powertrain manages an estimated EPA (city/highway/combined) rating of 30/30/30 mpg, which is remarkable.
The new Acura is also a meeting point for the latest safety features in the company’s book. These include a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and the first application of Acura’s Lane Keep Assist System. In addition, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning will be offered as standard equipment on the RLX.
Acura RLX also benefits form the latest infotainment technology. Dual LCD screens (8-inch display and 7-inch touch screen) will provide easy and direct one-touch access to key functions — including audio, heating and cooling, navigation and voice-to-text SMS text message function. The system is also voice-activated for more convenience.