Power and precision are atyour service when you slide behind the wheel of the 2018 RLX. A powerful 3.5L V6 engine churns out 310 hp, and comes mated to Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) for superior handling. Meanwhile, the RLX Sport Hybrid model pairs this powertrain with a three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system for even greater output and excellent fuel economy returns. Either way you go, your RLX will handle any road swiftly and adeptly.
Sport Hybrid System
The 377 horsepower Sport Hybrid shares supercar technology with the NSX for an immediate, powerful driving experience unmatched in the segment. Its Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system consists of a powerful V6 engine and three electric motors: a high-output electric front motor paired with a rapid-shifting 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission, and an electric rear Twin Motor Unit for individual, instant torque vectoring.
Electronic Gear Selector
All RLX models now come with a sleek, convenient Electronic Gear Selector in the center console. The “by wire” transmission uses pushbuttons for Drive, Neutral, and Park, and pull-levers for Reverse and the Parking Brake.
Precision All-Wheel Steer
Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) takes advantage of untapped steering potential from the rear wheels. The system intuitively supports the driver and responds to steering input with immediate adjustments. This world’s-first, intelligent system adjusts the steering angle of each rear wheel independently, for increased agility and stability in corners during lane changes and braking.
Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters
Standard with both the 10-speed and 7-speed transmissions, Sequential SportShift paddle shifters give you the best of two worlds –providing the convenience of precise and intuitive automatic shifting as well as shift-for-yourself control.
Collision Mitigation Braking System
Powered by a radar transmitter mounted in the grille trim, the Collision Mitigation Braking System determines the distance and closing speed of detected objects that lie directly ahead. If you do not take action to reduce speed, models with the Advance Package automatically tug at your seat belt as a warning. All models will begin light braking.
Adaptive Cruise Control
As with a conventional system, the available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow system allows you to set a desired speed, but it will also keep a set interval behind a car detected ahead of you so you can enjoy cruise control even in light traffic conditions. While cruising, engage the ACC, and the system will prompt you to select a short, medium or long interval from a vehicle detected ahead.
Blind Spot Information System
The RLX is equipped with the Acura Blind spot information (BSI) System that can assist you when making lane changes. If the BSI detects a vehicle in the next lane’s alert zone while going over 20 MPH, an indicator appears on the side mirror. If you signal in the direction of that vehicle, the mirror indicator flashes and a warning beep sounds.
Lane Keeping Assist
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) usesa forward-facing camera above the rearview mirror to help you keep the RDX centered in a detected lane. If you begin to drift to the side, it will gently guide the car back to the middle of the lane. Driver must keep hands on the wheel.
Road Departure Mitigation
Road Departure Mitigation:To help make sure that you only take the RLX off the pavement when you want to, all RLX models are equipped with Road Departure Mitigation, which can identify objects such as trees or parked cars beyond the side of the road and help you avoid them. When the system detects the RLX is about to leave the road, it warns the driver with an MID warning message, an amber head-up warning and a tightening of the seat belt.
Jewel Eye LED Headlights
The Jewel Eye LED headlights carve out their own space in the RLX profile. Brighter, whiter, and longer-lasting than traditional headlights, they cast a precisely focused beam far into the future.
Diamond Pentagon Grille
A centerpiece of the RLX is the signature Diamond Pentagon grille. The bold shape with intricate details results in a clean appearance that signals an uptick in attitude.
The Head-Up Display projects a transparent, easy-to-see image onto the lower portion of the windshield allowing you to view key vehicle information while keeping your eyes on the road. The primary display information is a digital speedometer reading which can be accompanied by a display for anything from navigation directions to Adaptive Cruise Control.
With a compatible phone, a simple one-time pairing process using the navigation screen is all it takes to connect your phone to the car. Apple and Android smartphones can even download the AcuraLink app to make pairing, among otherfunctions, even easier. As long as your phone’s Bluetooth is enabled, the car will automatically reconnect your phone without it ever leaving your pocket or purse.
Standard on all models are seating surfaces and interior trim with remarkably soft, perforated Milano Leather. Both front seats have 12-way adjustment, which includes a lumbar support that adjusts up and down, as well as in and out. Four distinct levels of softness and firmness are designed into the seats to provide an ideal combination of comfort and support.
Using the same packaging techniques it employs on its smaller vehicles, at 38.8 inches, Acura gave the RLX rear legroom that’s equivalent to most competing brands’ full-size luxury sedans. Rear occupants will also enjoy their own climate control zone, which they can set with controls behind the front center console.