Remember the Acura Type S Concept shown about a year ago? Well, it's coming to production soon as the 2021 TLX, and you can think of it as a Type R for the family many. It was a cool looking prototype too, with its rakish and aggressive design. However, production versions of cars tend to look watered down next to the concept.
Thankfully, Honda's luxury division stuck to the script by the looks of things. Recently leaked are said to be patent photos of the 2021 TLX. If you put these patent images beside the concept, one could say that these drawings could, indeed, give us a little sneak peek of the production TLX. For the most part, patent images come close to the real deal, as recently seen in the upcoming Nissan X-Trail.
Now for the car itself and it bears similarities to the concept. First off, there's the shape of the headlights, along with its upside-down hexagonal grill. The drawing even has a similar grill pattern as the concept. Also, its corner air intakes appear to have the same shape as seen on the Type S Concept, albeit smaller in size. Of course, the side mirrors are much bigger in the patent image.
The side profile of the car is more upright than the concept, but there are similarities when it comes to the glass area. It has the same three-window design with a quarter window at the back. Interestingly, the patent image has the same kicked-up line that runs through the bottom of the doors. As for the rear, it's nearly identical to the concept sans the trunk lip spoiler, and the quad exhaust pipes.
As for other details, Acura is keeping the lid regarding any information about the 2021 TLX. They did say that it will be a sport sedan, especially in Type S form. If so, it's gunning for the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Lexus IS. The company did say that they're looking at using a turbocharged version of their 3.5-liter V6 which could make somewhere between 300 to 400 PS. A four-cylinder model is possible, as the current TLX offers it too. If they will, it might use a de-tuned version of the engine used in the Civic Type R.
Honda's Acura division is busy preparing for the new decade. Aside from the TLX, the next-generation MDX crossover is also underway. The RDX compact crossover has also proven to be a hit for the brand, and the Precision Concept might pave the way for the next-generation RLX, which is also known as the Honda Legend.