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PostHeaderIcon Acura RLX

Introduced in 2013, the RLX is one of Acura’s newest nameplates. Designed to replace the severely outdated second-generation RL, the RLX was received with mixed reviews. While praised for its powerful V-6, hybrid drivetrains, and technology, the full-size sedan was criticized for its bland looks and relatively high prices compared to its rivals. This is probably why Acura is introducing a new styling for the RLX only four years after the original model hit the market. The redesigned sedan was just previewed ahead of the Monterey Car Week, where it will make its public debut on August 15.

Although a four-year-old vehicle usually gets a mild facelift, the RLX was redesigned from the ground up on the outside, now reflecting the company’s new Precision Crafted Performance styling language. Granted, the interior carries over unchanged save for additional equipment and the drivetrain options all have the same specifications, but Acura solved one of the RLX’s biggest issues: the dull design. Let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the review below.

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How cool it would be owning a family sedan that was inspired by the NSX supercar? Well, that is what this new 2018 Acura RLX facelift is all about. Powered by a 377 horsepower hybrid powertrain, performance all-wheel-drive and an aggressive new design put the new RLX in a class of its own, and it’s such a high class it warrants a Monterey debut. 

That’s right, 2018 Acura RLX will make its public debut during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19. If you are going you can see it at the Carmel-By-The Sea Concours on the Avenue on Tuesday, August 15 and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 18. Acura calls the new RLX the “most sophisticated and best performing Acura sedan ever,” which is what you would expect it to be what with those NSX-inspired specs.

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2018 RLX comes with a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT). That is a helluva recipe, but, as seen with the NSX, it could prove kind of too good for its own goodin the sense that it won’t offer much in the way of a sporty feel. But the performance will no doubt be mind-boggling. Acura is yet to reveal the performance figures for this car.

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As for the other highlights, 2018 Acura RLX facelift features Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, and AcuraWatch including Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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PostHeaderIcon Acura Reveals Second Generation Automated Development Vehicle

Every major manufacturer on this green earth of ours is on a mission to make autonomous cars a reality by 2020, and now Acura has announced its second-generation automated development vehicle. This new vehicle is a modified version of theAcura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD and is slated for testing by Honda Research Institute USA at the GoMentum Station – a 5,000-acre proving ground in San Francisco that has more than 20 miles of paved roadway grids and is specifically designed to provide a realistic urban infrastructure for testing autonomous cars.

According to Acura, this new autonomous development vehicle uses information from various sensors and puts it all together in a process known as “sensor fusion.” This process allows testers and engineers to validate information from each signal with more accuracy than ever before. In a sense, the vehicle uses radar to detection the relative position and velocity of off-board objects while the camera system is used to identify different objects based on size and shape.

This concept of “sensor fusion” isn’t exactly new, though. It is actually used by Acura’s current AcuraWatch driver assistant suite and as a basis for safety features from other vehicle manufacturers too. To build upon the current safety suite in use, the development vehicle was equipped with updated radar and Lidar sensors as well as new cameras and GPS sensors – all of which have better computer and image processors, better cabling, and improved circuitry. Furthermore, the sensors provide better heat management over the systems currently in use across Acura’s 2016 model lineup.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura Recalls 48,000 MDX And RLX For Braking Issues

Acura is recalling nearly 50,000 MDX SUVs and RLX sedans over an issue affecting the emergency braking system, which can malfunction and apply the brakes without warning, putting the vehicle at risk of a collision. The recall was issued for the 2014 and 2015 model years and concerns vehicles sold worldwide.

The issue stems from Acura’s ironically named “Collision Mitigation Braking System,” which uses radar to scan the road ahead of the vehicle. When functioning properly, the system will apply the brakes when it detects an unavoidable collision with a slow moving or stationary object, decelerating the vehicle and lessening the likelihood of injuries and damage.

According to Honda, Acura’s parent company, it’s possible that the system in the recalled vehicles will malfunction when it detects a vehicle accelerating in front while simultaneously driving parallel to an iron fence or metal guardrail, unnecessarily applying the brakes and possibly causing a rear-end collision.

The issue first came to light in Japan in November of 2013 when an SUV outfitted with the CMBS unexpectedly braked, causing a rear-end collision. Honda moved to investigate, while a second, similar incident occurred in June of last year.

Honda subsequently managed to duplicate the issue, determined the cause, and informed safety regulators of the recall in May. So far, there have been no reports of warranty claims, incidents, or injuries in the U.S. connected with the malfunction, and dealers will update the system software free of charge.

Later versions of the system, which stop the vehicle altogether before a crash, are unaffected by the recall.

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