Acura has unveiled the updated 2018 RLX, which has noticeably undergone a complete styling makeover. Compared to the pre-facelifted model, Acura hopes that the new styling of the RLX will help boost sales of their full-sized sedan.
Looking at the most significant change, the front fascia, Acura has now made it appear more aggressive than the previous model. It also features Acura's new signature diamond pentagon grill, surounded by larger LED headlights and a more sculpted hood. Continuing with the aggressive look, the lower air vents have been redesigned and enlarged; flanking it are the smaller side intake vents, which look like canards.
At the rear, the changes are much more subtle compared to the front fascia. There are new LED tail lights which flank the redesigned trunk. Below it, there is a new gloss black rear diffuser and dual exit exhausts. Completing the aggressive makeover are new wheel designs.
“This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.
Despite the more performance-oriented design, the 2018 RLX still retains the 3.5-liter V6 which outputs 310 PS. It does have a new 10-speed automatic transmission which is said to improve acceleration. Meanwhile, the RLX Sport Hybrid puts out 377 PS thanks to three electric motors which also provide all-wheel drive.
Inside, Acura says refinements have been made to the vehicle's interior including upgraded materials and redesigned seats. As for features, the RLX now comes with AcuraWatch, which features auto braking, lane departure warnings, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control as standard. There is also the new Traffic Jam Assist, part of AcuraWatch, which helps maintain a safe distance in slow speed.
In other markets including the Philippines, the Acura RLX is essentially a Honda Legend. Expect Honda to unveil the facelifted Legend elsewhere soon.