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Redesigned 2018 Acura RLX

Arrives in dealer showrooms

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The refreshed 2018 Acura RLX began arriving in dealer showrooms in early November with new front and rear styling, along with new interior features, safety kit and colour options.

Two models are available—both with Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-wheel Drive (SH-AWD): Tech ($65,490 MSRP) and Elite ($69,990 MSRP). All-new seats are now available in a rich Saddle Brown leather and two new premium exterior paint options are available for the first time on RLX.

The 2018 RLX uses a direct-injected 3.5L V6 with three electric motors and SH-AWD for improved accelerati­on, all-weather performanc­e and more precise handling. The RLX delivers 377 peak total system horsepower and 341 lb.-ft. peak total system torque.

In addition to the diamond pentagon grille, the 2018 Acura RLX boats a new, more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, newly designed LED taillights, exposed dual exhaust finishers and gloss black rear diffuser. The 2018 RLX also offers a fresh colour pallet with six new exterior paint options (seven total) including three that are all-new: Brilliant Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl and Majestic Black Pearl.

Inside, the 2018 RLX has new materials and touchpoint­s including redesigned Milano leather seats with high-contrast, piping and stitching, as well as a new Saddle Brown interior option and available black headliner.

Standard features on the 2018 RLX include a head-up display (HUD), premium ELS Studio Audio System with 14 speakers, 2-way remote engine starter, LED fog lights and heated steering wheel. The Elite package offers additional luxury features such as an industry-exclusive Krell Audio System, power rear sunshade, Surround View Camera System and ventilated front seats.

Both 2018 RLX models come standard with Acurawatch, a suite of safety and driver-assistive technologi­es, enhanced by the addition of the new Traffic Jam Assist (TJA), a first for Acura. Working in conjunctio­n with Adaptive Cruise Control and Low Speed Follow, TJA can reduce driver stress in congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle centred in the lane at a set interval from

a vehicle in front.

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