Acura TLX - car review

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The debut of the Acura TLX sedan was held in March 2014 at the motor show in New York. The car was presented to the Russian public at the end of August at MIAS-2014. It is noteworthy that this sedan replaced at once a couple of models - TL and TSX. On the exterior of the car worked specialists from design studios in Los Angeles and Raymonde (Ohio). Their joint efforts gave birth to the stylish and dynamic look of a sedan. There were not so many serious differences between the conceptual and serial versions of the model.

In preparing the car for the conveyor, he received a simpler front bumper, large rear-view mirrors with LED-repeaters integrated into them, and rims of a smaller diameter. Acura TLX looks impressive, aggressive, original and modern. The โ€œpredatoryโ€ face, topped with a sharp nose and narrowed optics, creates an image of a serious car. Jewel Eye LED's fully LED headlamps are subtly inscribed at the border between a powerful bumper and a hood with elegant stampings. The front part is also decorated with a branded grille, fog lights with LEDs, a splitter on the edge of the bumper and a slot in the lower air intake.

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The contours of the body are distinguished by soft and refined lines, smooth contours and transitions of one surface of the body to another. Sporty body profile add the original rapidly rising sub-window line and a huge wheel arches. The back of the body is not less attractive than the full face and profile of a sedan.

It is worth noting that the Acura TLX is a large car with a body length of 4,831 mm and a wheelbase of 2,775 mm, while the sedan rests on the ground with huge wheels - 265 / 35ZR20 tires on fashionable and stylish alloy wheels of the 20th radius. Ground clearance (clearance) at the Acura TLX is quite acceptable for Russian road conditions - 139 mm. Salon has a classic 5-seater layout and offers a huge open space on the front row. But behind a bit cramped, that in the legs, above the head. Ergonomics cabin demonstrates the highest level. All important systems and controls are located in the comfort zone for the driver.

Photo Acura TLX

The main devices: speedometer and tachometer are analog, their readings are easy to read and additionally duplicated in digital and graphic form. Also on the instrument panel are analog gauges for coolant temperature and fuel level. In the interior decoration, only high-quality expensive materials are used, among which are valuable wood species and metal inserts, natural and artificial leather, soft plastic and chrome-plated decor elements. Under the hood of the Acura TLX is installed one of the two gasoline units.

The basic version of Techno received a 4-cylinder inline "aspirated" with a displacement of 2.4 liters, equipped with direct fuel injection, 16-valve timing and variable valve timing. Its maximum return is 208 hp, and the upper limit of the torque is 247 Nm. The motor is aggregated with a unique 8-speed gearbox - the Japanese have prepared for the Acura TLX the world's first robotic box with two clutches and a torque converter (DCT), which guarantees unsurpassed smoothness of work and high thrust potential at the start. The top engine was a 6-cylinder petrol "aspirated" V-shaped layout, having a working volume of 3.5 liters.

Photo Acura TLX

In addition to direct injection and variable valve timing system, this engine is also equipped with a start / stop system and a VCM system that cuts off half of the cylinders at low loads. The power of the 3.5-liter unit is 290 hp, and the peak of its torque falls on the mark of 355 Nm. The Japanese offer a new 9-band ZF โ€œautomaticโ€ with an electronic gear selector instead of the usual selector, as well as a manual shift function via steering-wheel petals as a gearbox for a top-end motor. The TLX fuel tank holds 65 liters of petrol. It is made of impact resistant plastic for light weight and durability. Located in a protected area in front of the rear suspension.

Standardly, the sedan is equipped only with front-wheel drive, complemented by a Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) system, steering the rear wheels to improve handling, maneuverability and stability on the road. The same system, slightly turning the rear wheels inward, allows you to optimize the sedan's braking, especially in emergency cases. As an option for the version of the car with the V6, you can order all-wheel drive with an advanced Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with an active rear axle differential, hydraulic actuators and a retuned thrust vector control system.

Photo Acura TLX

As a result, the torque entering the rear axle (which is 45% on the straight line and up to 70% in the turn) can be distributed between the wheels in any ratio, up to 0: 100. The Acura TLX sedan received a bearing body of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel, which are selectively diluted with aluminum elements (hood, front cross member, sub-frame, etc.) and magnesium (mounting engine mounts and power steering). Modern technologies and materials made it possible to provide a fairly large sedan with a curb weight in the range of 1600-1650 kg. There are in the body structure and programmable deformation zones located in the front of the car.

The suspension of the Acura TLX is completely independent (with Amplitude Reactive Damper shock absorbers having pistons with two different sized valves): MacPherson in the front and multi-link in the rear. Disc brakes are used on all wheels (ventilated at the front), and the electronic parking brake has an automatic hold function, facilitating movement on slopes and in conditions of frequent stops. Rack and pinion steering sedan supplemented electric power. In Russia, the car is offered in two versions: "Techno" and "Advance".

The standard equipment of the model with the base engine includes LED optics, a system for storing settings for the driver's seat, mirrors, IDS parameters and climate control settings, two screens on the center console (one of them is touch-sensitive), an audio system, navigation, and an active noise cancellation system.

As a basic and additional equipment, the Japanese sedan received a rich set of electronic systems responsible for safety (collision avoidance systems and automatic braking, adaptive cruise control capable of operating at low speeds, blind zone monitoring and lane monitoring), electronic hammer, electric drive, heating and ventilation of the driver and passenger seats, keyless access and engine start button, dual-zone climate control.

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