Acura is dusting off another moniker from the past to preview the brand’s future. The brand says it will rollout a Type S Concept later this month at Monterey Car Week to preview the brand’s future design direction.
We’re expecting the Type S Concept to be a thinly veiled look at the next-generation TLX, which is expected to debut within the next year. Alleged photos of a future Acura sedan were recently leaked via the RDX’s infotainment system, but it has not been confirmed if the car in those photos is the next TLX or the rumored returned Legend.
“Building on the return of NSX, our renewed commitment to Acura Motorsports, the introduction of the third-generation RDX, and new Acura design direction, the Type S Concept represents another significant step in creating a new era for the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and brand officer.
The last time the Type S moniker graced a production Acura car was back in 2008 on the third-generation TL. At the time that car offered a 285 horsepower V-6, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential and a manual gearbox. Prior to the early 2000’s, the Type S badge was used on several various Acura models.
Expect the Type S Concept to follow the design theme set by the Acura Precision Concept, which has influenced new vehicles such as the RDX. Some of this can be confirmed by the teaser issued from Acura (above), which showcases slim taillights similar to the Precision Concept.
Acura says the Type S Concept will be revealed on August 16th.