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Acura has trademarked the name TLX, a moniker which will sit on the TL successor, which will be a merging of the existing TL and TSX.

The TLX will ride on the 2013 Honda Accord platform, and be the first Acura to incorporate the Earth Dreams engine lineup. It will sit in between Acura’s new RLX flagship, and the small ILX sedan (shown above). Sporting direct injection, the motor in the TLX will deliver around 310 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid setup found in the new Accord, good for 45 mpg, is also apparently going to find its way into the new TLX.

The introduction of the ILX has left no space for the TSX, but the TSX is apparently going to continue production in limited form, and only as a V6 model.

Despite the flagship RLX, Acura is following a plan to remain a second tier luxury automaker rather than an all-out challenger to brands like BMW, Mercedes and Lexus.

More: Acura TLX Badge Trademarked on AutoGuide.com
 

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I assume the TLX will also be getting SH-AWD and P-AWS on higher up trim levels.

Might be safe to say design will be very close to what the RLX and ILX looks like, using that same design language.
 

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I wonder if Acura had the whole, make every model have an "X" planned out since they made the first generation RSX and TSX, or if it just came to them years ago.
 

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I wonder if Acura had the whole, make every model have an "X" planned out since they made the first generation RSX and TSX, or if it just came to them years ago.
seems like once the 90's ended they added the X. in the 90's all they had was the TL, RL and EL.
 

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It'll be interesting to see if the TLX shrinks any. Strange why they decided to keep the V6 TSX because it really sells in low volumes. They might as well cut the TSX entirely and trickle some of that effort into the ILX. (2.4L standard with automatic please)
 

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Yes there's a methodology to Acura's naming conventions. I met with Acura VP of Product Planning, Vicki Poponi, last year to discuss it. I wrote a piece for Acura Connected that's posted right here:

Acura Naming Conventions - Acura Connected
Good read, thanks for sharing. People do make a point about them killing their best seller, the TSX, is a bit of a bad move. But with the TLX they're combining the TL and TSX, so that will make for an even better high volume vehicle. It's going to be like a TSX with way more going on, just that it wont be called a TSX.
 

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Acura does some weird things I'm not going to lie
Whenever they have a model that sells well they seem to like to kill it.
 

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Acura does some weird things I'm not going to lie
Whenever they have a model that sells well they seem to like to kill it.
Acura loves sabotaging themselves. The first generation Acura RL was amazing, I don't know how they went from this....


to this....



their transition from first generation to second should have been more like what lexus did with the lexus LS. Example:


First Generation....


to this...
 

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they messed up alot of things

messed up the integra
messed up the TL

list goes on

got rid of the NSX...
 

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they messed up alot of things

messed up the integra
messed up the TL

list goes on

got rid of the NSX...
Yup. At least now they're doing things right. The RLX may not be that great of a successor but we do have to admit that it's the best that platform of theirs has gotten over the last decade. Hopefully we see more improvements like this. It will be a while before they're in the spotlight like in the 90's.
 

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Do you think that Acura will learn its lesson moving from the Tl to the TLX? I am going with "hope for the best, but expect the worst." Hopefully they learn from their past mistakes instead of repeating them.
 

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We don't know much about the TLX so its hard to say. They are doing great with the new NSX so far
But the NSX is a totally different beast from the TLX. If they are influenced more by the NSX I think that would be a good thing. I am just afraid the TLX will look almost the same as the TL. It needs to get a significant design update. The NSX looks great, so we know Acura is capable of making good looking cars.
 

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Spy shots of the TLX already show it having much different proportions than the outgoing TL. It's a good sign the TLX design will be unique.
 
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