Even though Acura isn't offered here in the Philippines, Honda's luxury marque does have interesting models in the lineup. There's the TLX sports sedan, RLX flagship sedan (which we know here as the Honda Legend), and MDX crossover just to name a few. Now, their latest concept makes us want to have Acura here.
It's called the Type S Concept, and it previews a new generation sports sedan to do battle with the likes of the Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50, also known as the Nissan Skyline in its home market. Think of Acura then as a Civic Type R for parents.
By the looks of it, the Type S Concept signals the eventual arrival of the next-gen Acura TLX, the luxury brand's entry in the sports sedan arena. The current model (pictured above) is powered by a high-revving 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (the K24 for Honda fans out there), and the familiar 3.5-liter V6 offered in the previous-generation Accord, albeit with more power.
As for the concept, it features Acura's wide, upside down hexagonal grill sporting a unique pattern. Also, it has slim, aggressive looking headlights lit up by LEDs. Large air intakes dominate the front end of the concept, although we expect it to be toned down for the production version. On to the flanks and there is a combination of soft curves and defined lines. Last but not least, the rear end and it has an almost coupe-like treatment with its rakish windshield along with a dramatic interpretation of its C-shaped tail lights.
According to Acura, the production version of the Type S Concept will have an engine to match its sporting intentions. They say it will be powered by a new turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 mill, which is likely to over 300 horsepower at the very least. After all, the Civic Type R already makes 310 PS from its 2.0-liter engine, so 350 PS might be a safe bet. Also, it will have all-wheel drive to lay down its power evenly on the road.