Acura freshens flagship RLX sedan

Acura freshens flagship RLX sedan

The refreshed sedan is in line with the new design language at Acura, most notably the adoption of a "diamond pentagon grille", a new signature that's a very welcome replacement for the disgusting chrome beak that's been plaguing otherwise good looking Acuras for nearly a decade.

The new Acura RLX will make its debut in the flesh at Monterey Automotive Week August 15-19. Inside, the 2018 Acura RLX receives upgraded materials and touchpoints including a completely redesigned seat featuring high-contrast piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option, which adds sophistication to an interior with class-leading space and comfort.

I'm skeptically excited, and I'm really happy Acura found a corporate grille that doesn't suck with that new down-pointing pentagon.

In other markets including the Philippines, the Acura RLX is essentially a Honda Legend.

The Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive model returns, and Acura says it is the company's best performing sedan to date. It includes a new grille, reshaped headlights and a more sculpted hood. Acura says that developments from the NSX have meant better all-weather and dynamic handling in the 2018 RLX.

The Acura RLX debuted during the 2014 model year as the spiritual successor to the brand's beloved Legend sedan.

Also available will be the RLX with a 310-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and rear-axle steering. It does have a new 10-speed automatic transmission which is said to improve acceleration.

The 2018 Acura RLX is complimented by three new exterior colors including two premium paint offerings - Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl.

Every RLX will come with the AcuraWatch suite of active safety features.

AcuraWatch also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). A new Traffic Jam Assist feature will extend the adaptive cruise's functionality to stop-and-go driving.

When it goes on sale in November, the 2018 RLX should carry a starting price similar to the $55,400 and $60,900 it commands today for the standard V-6 and Sport Hybrid versions. The newest feature is Traffic Jam Assist that works in conjunction with the adaptive cruise control's low-speed follow function to keep the auto in its lane and at a safe distance from the vehicle in front.