If you're looking for a phrase to capture the excitement of a new flagship sedan, "patent filing" is probably not it. Then again, the 2014 Acura RLX is the replacement for the Acura RL, the least interesting luxury sedan extant. (And yes, we're including Lincoln in that assessment.)

Car and Driver says these images were pulled from a European patent database, claiming that this is, in fact, the new RLX that will go on sale next year. The car pictured in these images adheres quite closely to the RLX Concept displayed at this year's New York Auto Show, with only slight changes to the front and rear fascias and more generic wheels. The side character line that runs from the top of the fender back to the rear door is there, as is the rest of the shape.

In between bashing Acura for its dull design, C&D speculates that the Honda luxury brand may show the production RLX at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring back the Legend name for the flagship.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Time to bring back the whole Legend philosophy.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      honestly i hope it does have the edge lit LED tailights they need to be a lil smaller but this car in person is a site to see when i was at the ny autoshow
        zizixx89
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        dam i wish some concept rims would make it to production
      fcarlo17
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yawned so bad I had to pick up my jaw that dropped to the floor.
      mattkpsu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Generally speaking, Acura's problem is that they failed to differentiate their products from the top end Accord, and they failed to differentiate their TL from the top end TSX. I mean, the TSX is actually a foot shorter than the Accord and, well optioned, you would hardly notice the difference between the two with respect to cabin appointments. Then throw in dealers that act indignant when you have a problem, and refuse to accept their car could ever have a problem. Taking away successful names like "Legend" and "Integra" didn't help. Plus these cars have basically the same drivetrain, except the SH-AWD of course, and command a huge price increase. The only people I know that drive these are the corporate exec crowd, who get ther company to pay for the car. In my opinion (having owned a top end Accord), the Honda corp rested on its laurels and stopped innovating. Meanwhile their competitors were coming out with direct injection turbos, CVT's, and other efficiency gains.
        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mattkpsu
        Acura is looking to fix its size problems in the next coming years. The TSX is being axed, the ILX has been introduced as the entry-level vehicle, the RLX is supposed to reclaim its spot as the flagship, and the TLX will be squarely in between. Yeah, Acura should've kept the names, instead of going alpha-numeric.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Zoidberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car looks old.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not if they do what they did with the current car (as in, not advertise it).
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        No, it won't.
        Monkaroo
        • 2 Years Ago
        You must me young. This car is such a mismatch of other designs. I don't see an original design curve anywhere in the lines. How did Honda/Acura get so off track. Reason: they refuse to clean house in the design department to get a fresh perspective on things.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        top of the sale charts... yea just like the rest of Acuras
      4RR4Y
      • 2 Years Ago
      ... I like it. Frankly, I've grown tired of seeing car manufacturers following Hyundai's styling direction, with swoopy, non-cohesive/coherent body lines and creases. It seems most people equate that with 'stylish' and 'good-looking', while clean, and rather handsome lines are denounced 'boring' and 'ugly'. How times have changed... This reminds me of Honda's and Acura's of the 90's, which is a sign that Honda may be shifting its priorities in the right direction. As with most all patent renders, this example is grey, and sports nondescript wheels; it's more than apparent that people don't understand the purpose of a patent.
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4RR4Y
        Acura wishes they could sell like Hyundais. That whole "looks great, then I get sick of it" can be said about pretty much anything, so that's a moot point. The problem is that this design is EXACTLY like many other recent Acura products. And considering their sales numbers, that should be the last thing they're trying to duplicate.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          Exactly. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result. This is minimally changed from the current car (which has NOT set any sales records). I understand that Honda is a conservative company, but this is dangerous behavior for an industry leader.
        amac
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4RR4Y
        I dislike Hyundai's styling too—but this? And speaking of non-cohesive lines, take another look at that 45 degree crease running from the base of the A-pillar into the front door. Cohesive, no. Dreadful, yes. Sorry, but this car gives me no Acura-of-the-'90s vibe.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      e46mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like another boring Acura...
      xhyundaiguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice cross between a new Camry and the new Altima....both uninspiring on their own, but even more so Frankenstein-ed into THIS!
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura, you are not allowed to make cars like this. Only Audi and Mercedes can make boring cookie cutter designs.
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