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.
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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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      rwcmick
      • 2 Years Ago
      NY looks to be a whopper of a show... Acura RLX New Mercedes GL Refreshed Mercedes GLK Mercedes-Benz CLC New Chevy Impala Refreshed Chevy Traverse and Enclave New Lexus ES New Toyota Avalon Production Lincoln MKZ + Some new concept(s)? Refreshed BMW X1 Leaf-based Infiniti concept Subie XV Crosstrek Fisker Nina Refreshed Crosstour 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport New Hyundai Santa Fe New Nissan Altima New SRT Viper Refreshed Venza
      The 289
      • 2 Years Ago
      MTX, MSX, ASX, DVX, DDT . . . all this alphabet soup is ridiculous. Diminishes the brand BIG TIME. Acura, you're going the way of Lincoln (which also has confusing alpha-numeric nomenclature that doesn't work). WAKE UP!
      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Legend name has been gone for 15 years, but people still remember it. RLX? Who cares? It's one letter away from "RSX" which was the replacement name for the Integra. Acura should go back to it's "legendary" names if they want to succeed long term.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need to revive the old nameplates like Legend and Integra.
      blatinotop4u
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog... RL / TL names aren't discontinued. GEEZ, their just adding an X to the name.
      789dm
      • 2 Years Ago
      ILX= Integra TSX=Gone discontinued TL=Vigor RLX= Legend Back then if they still have RSX then the list would be different RSX= Integra coupe TSX=Integra sedan TL=Vigor CL=Legend Coupe RLX= Legend
      Classic_Engr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just for second, imagine a better looking RL with an Acura V8 that revs to 8800rpm, an 8spd, and rwd. Then imagine all of the car magazines pitting that car against the 5 series. Then imagine that RL winning. Oh, I can only imagine.
      Howard
      • 2 Years Ago
      With a nameplate like LEGEND it is a shame they dont use it. Can you see it......the Legend returns. Too bad, no inspitation at all.
      FreeThinker
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to like Acura, but any AWD "luxury" sedan built on a FWD platform with a FWD engine layout by any name is an oxymoron. Whether you like it or not, in today's market, "Luxury sedan" = RWD platform. Period. Even Hyundai understood this. Even Hyundai. This is why the RL's monthly sales numbers have been anemic for years, and will continue to be so even with a new "name". Add another beer can opener grill to this and you might as well bury them out at sea and call them the Acura D.O.A.
        ZenDriver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FreeThinker
        I'd be game for a rwd Acura sedan too.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FreeThinker
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          Jimmy Joe
          • 2 Years Ago
          I'll do you even better, the Bentley's using the VW Phaeton platform.
        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FreeThinker
        "I used to like Acura, but any AWD "luxury" sedan built on a FWD platform with a FWD engine layout by any name is an oxymoron. Whether you like it or not, in today's market, "Luxury sedan" = RWD platform. Period. Even Hyundai understood this. Even Hyundai." Audi doesn't. The only other drivetrain option they offer other than Quattro is FWD, even in the MLB/MLP based cars.
          msspamrefuge
          • 2 Years Ago
          @msspamrefuge
          "Most Audis I see are Quattro cars. Granted, I live in an area where it snows, but still, buying a FWD Audi when there is usually a Quattro option available is stupid." Yet at the end of the day, is still incorrect, if not biased not to recognize that Audi does not follow this unspoken convention that authentic luxury sedans must have RWD.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @msspamrefuge
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        Jimmy Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FreeThinker
        Can anyone name a RWD Audi sedan?
      Tripointkid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura's Marketing Group is a complete lost cause.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      The RL(X). A car nobody will buy.
      Joel Duggan
      • 2 Years Ago
      When are they going to stop using that god-awful grill? It's been a disaster on every car it's been on. Hands down the ugliest grill in the industry.
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joel Duggan
        Lexus is gearing up to challenge that, though.
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