In early 2013, Acura introduced the 310-horsepower RLX luxury-performance sedan with a new 3.5-liter all-aluminum, direct-injected VTEC V-6 engine, a number of signature Acura technologies and Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), creating a new value proposition with superior cabin space and outstanding driving performance in Acura's flagship sedan. Acura is again raising the bar with the introduction of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™, the most powerful and technologically advanced Acura sedan yet and the first to apply Acura's groundbreaking new three-motor Sport Hybrid system with electric SH-AWD (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD).
With a direct-injected V-6 engine and an all-new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with built-in motor-generator powering the front wheels, and two rear electric motors powering the rear wheels, the 377-horsepower RLX combines V8-like performance and 4-cylinder-like fuel efficiency along with exhilarating "on the rails" handling performance, courtesy of its electrically-powered torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.
The Acura RLX Sport Hybrid further elevates Acura's commitment to create "the synergy between man and machine" -vehicles that truly respond to the will of the driver - and deliver new levels of technology-enhanced performance, comfort and convenience. Like the RLX with P-AWS™, the RLX Sport Hybrid delivers class-leading interior space and comfort and a host of signature Acura technologies, including Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and the next generation AcuraLink® connected car system. In addition, the RLX Sport Hybrid applies new Acura technologies including:
- Head-Up Display - this first-ever Acura head-up display projects key information at a glance on the lower portion of the windshield directly in front of the driver. Display modes include SH-AWD system operation, tachometer, turn-by-turn navigation, compass, ACC/LKAS along with vehicle speed.
- Electronic Gear Selector - the RLX also is the first Acura to feature Acura's new fully electronic push-button gear selector, eliminating the conventional shift-lever and allowing the driver to select drive mode (Drive, Neutral, Park) at the push of a button. In addition, the system will automatically engage the Electronic Parking Brake when the driver selects park and unbuckles his/her seatbelt.
- Reactive Force Pedal - in place if a conventional spring mechanism providing force against the driver's push on the gas pedal, the RLX Sport Hybrid utilizes an electric mechanism that dynamically varies pedal force to assist the driver in applying the optimum amount of engine power in any driving condition. For example, when climbing a snowy hill, the Reactive Force Pedal will increase pedal force to discourage the driver from applying too much engine torque that may lead to unwanted tire slip.
Using smart packaging, advanced aerodynamic design and lightweight body construction, along with fuel-saving hybrid powertrain technology, the RLX Sport Hybrid has the most spacious five-passenger seating in its class along with a top-class EPA fuel-economy rating of 28/32/30 mpg (city/highway/combined).
With a longer wheelbase and wider greenhouse than competing mid-luxury sedans, the new Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD delivers full-size interior space in a nimbler, mid-size luxury sedan package. The RLX boasts the longest rear-seat legroom (38.8 inches), and best front (59.6 inches) and rear (57.0 inches) shoulder room in the mid-luxury class. The RLX advanced body design makes extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum, further aiding its outstanding fuel efficiency, straight-line performance, and superior handling agility.
The new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD offers an incredible array of advanced safety, driver-assistive and information and media technologies, including the standard next-generation AcuraLink™ connected car system and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; along with available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system. Safety systems available on the RLX Sport Hybrid include technologies such as Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
Utilizing Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, along with seven airbags (including a driver's knee airbag), the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is anticipated to earn top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS "TOP SAFETY PICK+" rating, including a GOOD rating in the IIHS small overlap front crash test.
The RLX Sport Hybrid also offers intuitive technology that reduces stress and simplifies the driving and ownership experience - with features such as Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, a capless refueling system, Smart Entry/Smart Start keyless access system, easy-to-use and customize dual touch screens, "tensionless" e-pretension front seatbelts, and available rain-sensing windshield wipers, among others.