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I recently attended the Acura TLX training in Texas and have information to share. It was nice to be in the warmer weather for a change!

On to the TLX

Two engines:
  • 3.5L V6 with specs of 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft. 9-speed automatic transmission is paired with this engine. Acura says that regular shifts will occur at a rate 25% faster than the TL, and paddle shift inputs will be realized up to five times faster than the TL. Regarding fuel economy, both the FWD and AWD models will see an increase of 5 mpg highway over the TL. For city fuel economy ratings, the FWD is up 1 mpg and the AWD model is up 3 mpg over the TL. The SH-AWD system weighs 75% of the weight of the TL's system, and because it's smaller, Acura engineers were able to add an under storage space in the trunk (like the RLX). The TLX V6 is about 0.5 seconds faster than the TL in the 0-60mph race.
  • 2.4L inline-four cylinder with 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft. This powertrain features an 8-speed torque converter automatic (the new ZF box?). Expect fuel economy to increase by 2 mpg in the city and by 4 mpg on the highway
More info:

  • Internally, Acura is targeting a sales goal of 45,000 TLX models per year. I am confident this model will make targets -- it's quite impressive in person.
  • The TLX has about the same wheelbase length as the TL, but the overhangs are 4 inches shorter.
  • Auto start-stop is standard (if it's like the BMW system, I'm turning it off every single time I get in)
  • There's a new sport mode feature called Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) with an optional Sport Plus mode. It changes throttle response and steering feel. It also has an economy mode for when you feel like driving like a grandma. :D
  • Siri Eyes Free is standard. I'm really excited for this!
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Rear seats fold down for cargo
  • TLX FWD model is 150 lbs lighter than the TL FWD!
In summary, the TLX has a much more premium feel than the TL and I feel like I will be able to strongly sell this car. Acura is going to do well with this one, and you all are going to love owning one!

-- Chris
 

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How did you like the Integrated Dynamic System, did it make a very noticeable difference once you started using it? How important do you find it to be to the whole experience of driving the TLX?
 

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How did you like the Integrated Dynamic System, did it make a very noticeable difference once you started using it? How important do you find it to be to the whole experience of driving the TLX?
Definitely tightens up the car. It's not a major factor in the driving experience, but that edge is welcome.
 

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Has there been any improvement in ride quality over the 4G especially on rough roads?
I don't have enough seat time (especially on rough roads) to make a qualified judgment, but it seems like the ride quality is improved. This car definitely feels more "premium" than the last TL, if that makes any sense.
 

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I don't have enough seat time (especially on rough roads) to make a qualified judgment, but it seems like the ride quality is improved. This car definitely feels more "premium" than the last TL, if that makes any sense.
I think that's a good thing that it feels more premium. Definitely a step in the right direction. Why does it feel more premium though. is that just overall or focusing on the driving performance, the materials used in the interior?

Could you clarify where that premium feel comes from a bit more?
 

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ChrisAP1 - now the TL offers different colors of leather for the current models.... Does Acura plan to offer the same or more options related to the color and trim of the interior of the TLX?
 

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45K units per year, interesting. The TL peaked at 78K in 2005 and has been on steady decline since, averaging 30K and change since 2008. The TSX never once got close to 45K. Will be interesting...
 
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