Acura VP Hints at Additional Type S Models During 2021 TLX Walk-Around
The Acura TLX 2021 takes a big step forward for the brand’s mid-size model with its new platform, turbocharged engines and bold style. Needless to say, there is a lot to see and discuss. This is exactly why MotorTrend’s own Miguel Cortina took a trip to the Honda Proving Center in the Mojave Desert to review the new TLX with Acura vice president and brand manager Jon Ikeda.
The new Acura TLX is immediately distinguished from the old model by its lowered front end and its long relationship between the dashboard and the axle. Acura says the latter feature increases by 7.8 inches over the previous model, giving the sedan a long hood and a cabin rear profile. Although its new proportions suggest a rear-wheel drive layout, the base TLX continues to channel its power to the front wheels. However, the car is offered with Acura Super Handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) and, above all, offers a performance model that revives the famous Type S badge. The Acura TLX Type S 2021 is powered by a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, which transmits power to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The exact horsepower has not yet been revealed, but we estimate that the Type S will land somewhere in the 300 horsepower range.
That said, we do have numbers for the new base engine for the TLX. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four is good for 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also paired with a 10-speed car, although the Type S gearbox is specially tuned for its additional performance. SH-AWD is also an option on the turbo-four, and all TLXs get an all-new double-link A-front suspension – Acura’s first attempt at such a configuration in years.
While driving on the test track, Ikeda told us about the importance of the new TLX and what it means for the brand, which has recently turned to the slogan “Precision Crafted Performance”. The TLX is the next step in repositioning Acura, but it is certainly not the last. We have long suspected that the TLX will not be the only Acura to sport the Type S trim, and Ikeda does not rule out the possibility of the next MDX, which should fall after the launch of the TLX, benefiting from the Type S performance treatment, too. . As he told us in the interview, “Why not?” On top of that, he hinted that we can expect to see a new compact sports sedan in the future, probably a successor to the ILX based on the current Civic. Check out the video for the whole story.
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