2021 Acura TLX Arrives As The Sport Sedan We've Been Waiting For
BY JARED ROSENHOLTZ
We've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next-generation Acura TLX ever since the stunning Type S Concept was shown off last year. Following a small teaser image and an unplanned leak, the 2021 Acura TLX has been official reveal. And it looks great. As we expected, the production TLX adopts the same attractive design of the concept with a wide stance, lowered roofline, and longer wheelbase.
The current TLX's 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 engines have been scrapped in favor of two new engines, one of which is familiar while the other is all-new to the Acura lineup. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with VTEC acts as the base powertrain, producing the same 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque found in the RDX crossover. These are gains of 66 hp and 123 lb-ft compared to the outgoing four-banger and 48 lb-ft more than the V6. As with the RDX, power is sent to front-wheel-drive or Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive through a 10-speed automatic, replacing the old eight-speed dual-clutch and nine-speed automatic.The 2021 TLX Type S will arrive later in the spring of 2021, powered by an all-new 3.0-liter, 24-valve, DOHC direct-injected and turbocharged V6 sending power to SH-AWD only. Acura says this new engine was developed by its top engineers, who are also responsible for the bespoke twin-turbocharged V6 found in the NSX supercar. Unfortunately, the V6's power outputs remain a mystery at this time, but Acura says it will deliver "dramatic gains" compared to the old normally aspirated V6 with greater than a 50 percent increase in low-end torque.