It all started way back in 1986 when the original Acura Legend bowed to rave reviews in America. It was the first Japanese luxury sedan, and it was awesome. Quick, roomy, sexy and reliable as hell. Over the years, the Legend lost its awesome name, as well as sales prowess, changing to the RL and then the RLX, where its name is parked today.
Sales of the current RLX have been tepid, to say the least, having moved a mere 1,478 cars in 2016, when the Germans sell in the tens of thousands of units of the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes E-Class. Now, the RLX aims higher with a significant redesign in hopes that it will gain a more secure foothold in the already suffering sedan segment. Will it ever be as good as the Legend? Too much time may have passed for the car to have as much impact, but it could truly be good again.
Though most folks probably don't even know what the last generation RLX looked like, the new car is definitely an improvement that's more attractive and less vanilla than the outgoing model. The prominent "diamond pentagon" grille from the Acura Precision Concept is front and center, flanked by big "jewel eye" headlights with L-shaped daytime running lights. The hood is far more sculpted than before, giving the car more drama, a much-needed change.
The new RLX will come in two distinct flavors, the 310 horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) and the 377 horsepower RLX
The RLX comes optional with the AcuraWatch suite of safety tech that comes with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warnings, forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, and low-speed follow. It also includes a neat feature known as traffic jam assist. that operates with the adaptive cruise and low speed
The new RLX should arrive later this year or early in 2018, and pricing information should also be forthcoming in the 4th quarter of 2017.