The Japanese automaker has made it official and 2018 Acura RLX Hybrid is set to roll out of its factories any time now. The greatest buzz around the auto-market is its possibility of coming with a hybrid powertrain. Although no official word is available, Honda is likely to go the distance to improve its EPA figures.
2018 Acura RLX Hybrid Exterior look
Speculations were earlier on air that all of Acura’s 2018 models will borrow its external attire from the Acura Precision Concept. If these are true, expect 2018 Acura RLX Hybrid to sport a new front grille with a curved nose. The sedan will drop its V-shaped single bar structure and will come with a completely new mesh design.
Headlights will be thinner and sharper but will retain its 5-eye LED design. A single body line will run along its door handles while the rest of it will be smoothened out. Wheelbase may be increased slightly from its previous figure of 112.2 inches to impart a sleeker look. As for its rear, do not expect any abrupt changes apart from a redesigned taillight.
Honda should throw in a lot more carbon fibre in its new 2018 Acura RLX Hybrid. This sedan may do away with its previous black dash color and now sport a more soothing-to-the-eye shade. Seats will remain bucket shaped along with both heating and ventilation features. Centre console will run to the rear seats along with AC vents and infotainment control.
Honda is likely to keep the sedan’s infotainment unchanged. Audio system will have 14-speakers with HD radio and USB audio interface. Speed-sensitive volume compensation along with SiriusXM Satellite Radio will be available as standard. The instrument cluster will be an LCD screen instead of gauges.
Powertrain of 2018 Acura RLX Hybrid
Honda has its eyes set on releasing this luxury sedan as a hybrid model. Although a standard gasoline version will also be available. The hybrid version will combine a 3.5-liter V6 engine with three electric motors. Expect a power output of 300 HP and a torque output of 270 lb-ft from the conventional engine. The battery run electric motors will add on to this power output capacity.
The transmission will remain 6-speed automatic. As expected, the sedan’s EPA will see a huge boost from its previous rating. Running just on its gasoline engine, EPA figures stand at 21 mpg in city and 32 mpg on highways. Expect these to peak when the electric powertrain kicks in.
With the focus mainly on an improved powertrain, Honda will continue to market this sedan with all the regular installations. Expect adaptive cruise control, ABS with traction control, electronic stability control and lanes keep assist.
2018 Acura RLX Hybrid may come with blind spot monitoring system as standard this time. Forward collision control and alert system with pedestrian detection may also be included.
Price and Competition
Expect a price tag of almost $60,000. If its competitors follow the same lines of combining gasoline with electric, Honda’s new sedan may face competition from Cadillac CTS, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-class. Read on to find out a few of its specifications along with expected changes.