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Acura's mission with the TLX: Fix the styling

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In the world of luxury automakers, turbocharged engines reign supreme. Except at Acura, which doesn’t currently offer a mainstream model with a turbo in it — its low-volume NSX supercar notwithstanding. 

So with a refreshed TLX sedan going on sale later this month, why not swap in a smaller, more efficient turbo powertrain? Doing so would give a halo effect to such an engine ahead of its arrival in the Accord due for a redesign this summer. 

For one, money talks. Keeping the powertrains as is on the Accord-based TLX saved the company a bundle of cash. 

“It’s never as easy as plug and play,” Jon Ikeda, Acura’s general manager, told Automotive News at the media launch here. “The engines, the powertrains, this chassis, dynamically, safety, everything’s been designed around these engines.”

Acura says consumers who rejected the outgoing TLX weren’t doing so because of the engine offerings. They liked the four- and six-cylinder choices. The main issue was tepid styling, so that’s where Acura spent its money. 

The entire 2018 TLX from the A-pillar forward is new, as well as the rear fascia and wheels. Acura also developed a new A-Spec model with appearance and suspension upgrades. 

Turbo TLX? That’ll need to wait until a full redesign in roughly two years.

The article “Acura’s mission for TLX: Fix styling” originally appeared on autonews.com



By David Undercoffler, Automotive News

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