We may not have the Acura brand in the Philippines, but its newly launched model makes us genuinely wish the brand was available locally.
Honda’s luxury division recently launched the all-new TLX sedan. More importantly, they also brought back the sportier Type S variant. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2020 TLX looks a lot sportier and sleeker all around. Up front the fascia has been sharpened featuring a reshaped grill flanked by slim LED headlights. Meanwhile, the body now looks more muscular, giving the sedan a wider stance. At the rear, there are new slim LED taillights and a small ducktail to complete the look.
The sportier Type S variant gets the blacked-out treatment all-around. It features a sportier grill, integrated front splitter, twin-tip dual exit exhausts, larger 20-inch wheels, and a rear diffuser. If the styling of the TLX looks familiar, that’s because it is heavily inspired by the Type S Concept introduced last year. In fact, it seems as if the automaker just toned down the design of the concept and put it into production.
Under the hood, the TLX is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with VTEC which produces 272 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The company’s SH-AWD system is available as an optional extra.
As for the sportier Type S variant, it is not just all looks. Powering the TLX Type S is a more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. Acura did not disclose any performance details about the V6 engine just yet. However, they did say that it was developed by the same engineers who worked on the NSX’s twin-turbo V6. It will feature the same 10-speed automatic but will have its own tuning. All-wheel drive will come standard on the Type S.
Chassis-wise, the suspension of the TLX has been heavily revised. The previous MacPherson strut suspension in front has been ditched in favor of a new double-wishbone setup. At the rear, there’s a redesigned multi-link. Interestingly, the NSX’s brake-by-wire system has been adopted as well.
Inside, the cabin features an all-new dashboard with a wrap-around design. Acura says it has been developed with the theme of "Dual Personal Cockpit, which places focus on the driver and front passenger. The gauge cluster features a 7-inch display and is paired by a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system front and center. A 10.5-inch head-up display is available as an option.
More details, specifically about the Type S, will be revealed in the future. Acura says the 2020 TLX will go on sale later this year. Unfortunately for us, it won’t be arriving here. Well, not officially at least.