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 courtesy of Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system.

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.
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New Acura Flagship to Debut at the New York International Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif., Mar. 28, 2012 - Announced today, Acura's new flagship sedan will make its world debut at the New York International Auto Show. Employing an array of new Acura technologies, including the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system, the concept vehicle will deliver an entirely new level of performance, sophistication and comfort.

Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., will introduce the concept vehicle at a press conference held on April 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM (EST) in the Acura booth. The press conference will be webcast live on www.acuranews.com. Press materials will be posted at www.acuranews.com immediately following the press conference.


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      jay3429
      • 16 Minutes Ago
      I feel like I'm waiting for another eye-sore. Acura's design language as of late is just awful.
      Scambuster
      • 16 Minutes Ago
      Recent discontinued disasters from honda: Ridgeline, Element, Insight, V-6 IMA Accord. Honda is a disaster itself. Acura is without focus; it doesn't know whether to be a luxury-comfy or performance luxurt cae brand like Lexus or BMW, respectively. Under a stubborn or stupid CEO, Honda force feed IMA to consumers rather than pure hybrid power train. The result has been another disaster. The mpg suit is another debacle that didn't help. Honda is doomed.
        EZEE
        • 16 Minutes Ago
        @Scambuster
        Not sure what happened in around, the mid 90's, but the cool Civic's, Integra's, and other great Honda's vanished. In addition to the crap, their engines are old and have low horsepower compared to many competitors. They still build good quality in most cases, but wow...
        skierpage
        • 16 Minutes Ago
        @Scambuster
        Honda has its problems, and Acura intentionally shot its legs off when it renamed its beloved Integra and Legend models to RUSUXK letters and has yet to recover. But... the upcoming Honda Accord hybrid is a plug-in (!!!! that alone is huge news) with a two-motor design that sounds different and better than IMA. The new Acura NSX and this car are likely to be the first hybrids in the USA that use electric motors for a huge list of benefits: AWD, torque-vectoring steering, all-electric city operation, more power, and better mpg. *IF* they pull it off Acura will have some damn impressive technology.
          EZEE
          • 16 Minutes Ago
          @skierpage
          Would be nice to see Honda on the ball again! :)
      MTN RANGER
      • 16 Minutes Ago
      Now I think this may have to do with the NSX (debuting in 91). It stood for "New Sports eXperimental". With regard to that meaning, these new three character names don't make sense. Sigh, bring back Legend, Integra, etc,
      Spies1
      • 16 Minutes Ago
      There are some new spy pics showing a bit. http://hondasacuras.blogspot.com/2012/06/2013-acura-rlx-with-new-hybrid.html
      Tweaker
      • 16 Minutes Ago
      So ABG spent more bandwidth worrying about a silly letter change than they did the news that yet another model is going hybrid as standard. Substantive auto journalism at its best.