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Old 03-28-12, 02:22 PM   #1
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Acura has big plans for the New York Auto Show next week, notably with the reveal of the replacement for the aging RL. The new vehicle, which will likely be called the RLX, will still make use of a V6, all-wheel drive powertrain, but will rely on electric motors to spin the rear wheels.

Car and Driver reports the system will actually be lighter than the components found on the current RL while still offering torque-vectoring capability. Acura has already gone through the pains of registering the RLX name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, and the move seems to be part of a larger effort to expunge two-letter names from the company's stable.

With the RL on the way out the door, the TL is the last of the old guard still hanging around, and word has it that model may be on the short list for execution as well. As Car and Driver points out, Acura is also in the process of registering the TLX name.

We have to wonder if the name swapping will do the company any good. From our vantage, it seems like Acura is simply swapping one meaningless moniker for another. Expect to see more details emerge as we get closer to the 2012 New York Auto Show next week, but in the meantime, feel free to peruse the brief press release after the break.
http://www.autoblog.com/2012/03/28/a...rporate-e-awd/
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Old 03-28-12, 02:24 PM   #2
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Knowing Honda, its probably gonna be ugly.
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Old 03-28-12, 02:33 PM   #3
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YUP!! So its going to a new RL with the same old SHAWD system they use on everything. Doesn't seem very innovative. Aren't these flagship model supposed to represent the apex of what the engineers can put together with all of the newest current technology
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If I was running Honda I would release a true flagship. Something bigger and with a V8 to take on the LS, A8, S-Class, and 7-Series. Leave the RL oh wait RLX to compete with the GS, E-Class, 5 series, and ect.
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Its funny to me how the TL can get as expensive as a new GS....or damn near it. Its like their 2 most expensive sedan dont line up with competitors
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All I gotta say is, they better fix that front grill!
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ILX

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RLX
TLX

They wasted money registering the stupid name-who the hell wants it anyways?

Still a V6 for their so called flagship

I'll still buy an Equus over any RLX. Man, what a clueless company
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I find it hard to believe that the Acura cant make a V8 for its flagship. I dont care what the price of gas is. A luxury flagship needs a V8 . Luxury doesnt just mean comfortable and quiet. It also means the luxury to pass easily and to never have to hear the engine screaming. I am not saying that when gas jumps more that most manufacturers will not downsize but they have to learn to keep up. Acura has fallen way behind
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YUP!! So its going to a new RL with the same old SHAWD system they use on everything. Doesn't seem very innovative. Aren't these flagship model supposed to represent the apex of what the engineers can put together with all of the newest current technology
Not really, Actually not at all. Think about RX hybrid system but a lot more sophisticated and SHAWD capable. Truly good stuff.

Watch for Mitsu's similar system as well.
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Adding an "X" to the name will do nothing but confuse customers. Honda/Acura is (still) clearly struggling to get oxygen to the corporate brain.
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Its funny to me how the TL can get as expensive as a new GS....or damn near it. Its like their 2 most expensive sedan dont line up with competitors
TL can be had for deep discount. My client just bought a loaded model OTD for 43K. No where near GS's price.
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YUP!! So its going to a new RL with the same old SHAWD system they use on everything. Doesn't seem very innovative. Aren't these flagship model supposed to represent the apex of what the engineers can put together with all of the newest current technology
Supposedly they will actually debut the eSH-AWD at the show. You can read more about eSH-AWD here:

https://www.clublexus.com/forums/car...wd-system.html
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Should have just gone with Legend....
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Acura making 1sick right since 2000 Name it the "O'RLY" I'll take a page from the Rock's book...ILX..RLX...etc etc



So they will offer a GS 450h competitor 7 years later but with AWD. This engine and AWD system seem to be the preview for what goes in the American made NSX though the RL(X who cares) is made in Japan. Then with no Acura network, this will still be the Honda Legend elsewhere in the world. Why change the name, the name is the least of its problems and RLX sounds no better than RL.

I am going to assume with them going with the electric AWD, they will then offer a FWD RLXdoesn'tmatterwhattheycallit powered by the V-6 only and then the AWD model where the electric motors power the rear so they can offer a FWD flagship for more sales. No doubt it will be a cool system from what we have heard so far.

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Bingo. How many names that make no sense will they use?

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well hopefully it looks pretty... because adding two smaller-than-prius motors with 27hp at the rear wheels might save fuel, but it is definitively not real AWD performance car.
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