Acura is continuing its trend of shedding the controversial shield grille with the 2018 TLX. The refreshed sedan is carrying on a design theme first embodied by the MDX crossover and applying some additional technology features for good measure.
The TLX has only been on the market for three years, but Acura is quickly attempting to spruce up the car as sedan sales continue to tank. While the TLX sheetmetal remains the same, the face of the car features a new diamond pentagon grille with new LED headlights flanking both sides. The look is more modern and surprisingly fits with the old sheetmetal pretty well.
Buyers wishing to add more visual excitement can opt for a new A-Spec trim level. Essentially an appearance package offered on the V-6 model, A-Spec adds a unique front fascia and rocker panel extensions that lie between unique painted wheels. The TLX’s dampers and steering are also tuned more for performance on the A-Spec model.
All 2018 TLX’s feature an updated version of Acura’s infotainment system. The dual-screen layout of the system remains, but Acura has swapped out the lower screen with a new capacitive touch unit that is more in line with smartphones. Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay has also been added for 2018.
Keeping with the tech trend, Acura is also dumping all of its latest AcuraWatch active safety gear on the 2018 TLX. This means buyers can enjoy features such as adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, lane keeping system and road departure warning system. The AcuraWatch suite of goodies is actually standard on the car now.
Despite rumors of potential power increases to go along with the updates, the 2018 TLX powertrains are all carryover. This means buyers can choose between the 206 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four or the 290 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6.