The 2015 Acura TLX has morphed from prototype to production form at the 2014 New York auto show, revealing that the luxury brand’s four-wheeled future doesn’t exclusively involve crossovers like the MDX and RDX.
The TL’s 3.5-liter V-6 has been revised to now output 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque in the TLX and is now mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission that is controlled via a unique push-button Electronic Gear Selector in place of a traditional lever shifter. The 3.5-liter is also now the top-tier engine available for the TLX, bumping the old 305 horsepower 3.7-liter off of the options list.
Moving beyond the world of the six-speed transmission, offering a new eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox with the 2.4-liter engine, and a swanky new nine-speed automatic with the 3.5-liter V6. This is arguably the biggest news surrounding the TLX, though do note, fuel economy hasn’t vastly been improved in the process.
The TLX 2.4 musters up 24 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg highway, while the front-drive V6 is rated at 21/34 mpg. Optioning for the V6 SH-AWD reduces things to 21/31 mpg.
LED headlights brighten the front-end appearance, and there are also LED turn-signal repeaters in the mirrors, taillights, and even the license plate surround. Beyond that, though, the TLX is a tidy and conservative styling job that is unlikely to provoke any product-liability suits related to scorched retinas.
The suspension, braking, and an alphabet soup of stability and traction control systems have been upgraded as well to work with the the new transmissions, P-AWS, and SH-AWD systems. Driver selectable modes Econ, Normal, Sport, and Sport+ give the person behind the wheel a bit of control over how the various vehicle systems perform…