Acura confirmed that its new mid-range sedan, the TLX, will debut in prototype form at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next month. The automaker is currently mum on specific details, but in a press release, Acura stated, "The all-new model will feature more emotional styling with tidier, sports sedan proportions wrapped around two all-new advanced powertrains that provide even more athletic performance, along with a host of signature Acura technologies."

During an event in Detroit earlier this week, Mike Accavitti, American Honda's senior vice president, told Autoblog that the introduction of the TLX will create a three-tier sedan lineup for the luxury brand in the United States. In other words, the TLX won't just replace the aging TL, it will also mark the death of the smaller TSX sedan (and wagon). The TSX will officially be axed sometime next year.

The 2015 TLX will be available with either two- (read: front) or all-wheel drive, and will use two direct-injected engines, both of which will be mated to a brand-new transmission. We'll have more details in just a few weeks, but for now, scroll down to read Acura's official press blast.
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2015 Acura TLX Prototype to Debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

- Newly-named TLX will feature more dynamic and sporty proportions, two new advanced powertrains and a host of signature Acura technologies
- TSX to be discontinued as Acura creates clear hierarchy for luxury sedan lineup

TORRANCE, CA., Dec. 19, 2013 –Acura today announced that the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype performance luxury sedan will debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The TLX will mark the debut of a new name for Acura's mid-size modern luxury sedan entry, replacing the outgoing TL model. The all-new model will feature more emotional styling with tidier, sports sedan proportions wrapped around two all-new advanced powertrains that provide even more athletic performance, along with a host of signature Acura technologies. The 2015 TLX Prototype is designed to appeal to current and next-generation luxury sports sedan buyers including existing TL and TSX customers.

In conjunction with the launch of the production TLX in the second half of next year, Acura will discontinue sales of the TSX model in 2014, as it moves to clarify its sedan lineup with a clear hierarchy of three distinct models – the entry luxury ILX, mid-size TLX sports sedan, and flagship RLX performance sedan.

"This all-new Acura TLX is the perfect blend of style and muscle with its elegant, well-proportioned exterior that cloaks the true sport sedan chassis and powertrain beneath," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president, American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. "The sporty characteristics that customers found appealing in the TSX are even more pronounced in this aggressive new TLX."

The all-new Acura TLX will offer luxury buyers a wider range of choices with two all-new, high-performance and highly fuel-efficient direct-injected engines, each mated to an all-new advanced transmission, along with available two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The TLX will also feature dynamic and emotional exterior styling wrapped around a mid-size luxury sports-sedan package that maintains the roomy cabin space of the current TL.

The TLX Prototype was designed in Acura's Los Angeles Design Studio and the production model is being developed by Acura engineers at the company's Ohio R&D center. It will be produced at the Marysville, Ohio auto plant1, home to the current Acura TL.

Speaking at the Acura press conference at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 14, 2014 will be Mike Accavitti, senior vice president, American Honda Motor, Co., Inc.


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      Carlos Soto
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Acura really have balls , they should offer A TLX sport Hbrid with 370HP AWD.
      piggybox
      • 1 Year Ago
      The beak seems working on recent ILX and MDX finally, so I have some faith.
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please SH AWD with the new hybrid option. This will **** on everything, at least I hope.
      Jimmy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't mess up Acura.
      hboi18
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as its not underpowered and overpriced like the ILX ill be happy
      Jasta
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's quite possible, that TLX will go to Europe and Japan as new local Accord. There were allegedly plans to discontinue Accord there, but it's been officialy confirmed by Honda high management that this won't happen and they are working hard on new generation. TLX will be according to various sources somewhat smaller that TL, so with, let's say, 4,85 m, new turbocharged gasoline engines, as well as small 1.6 litre Diesel the new Accord should become finally a tough competitor of Passat, Mondeo, Insignia etc. The current Accord doesn't sell well, but it lacks small Diesel, small gasoline engine, the 2.0 and 2.4 engines, though extremely reliable, are considered as somewhat obsolete, and they are hopelessly outperformed by the turbocharged ones at least on paper and in the press tests. On the other hand, Honda is by no means perceived as even close to premium segment, so Accord lacks proper entry level engine, smaller (and cheaper) than 2.0. The 1.5 turbo will fit perfect (hopefully they won't come to the conclusion, that it's allright to mount 3-cylinder 1.0 in almost 5-meter car, as Ford does).
      • 1 Year Ago
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      brgtlm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am assuming it will be based on the US Accord platform - if so, at least it is getting a excellent car to start with unlike the ILX which got tired goods. This must mean the TL is getting moved up in price? The ILX starts around 26K, the TL around 36K and the RLX around 48K. So the TLX slots in low 30s and the TL starts around 39 would make sense to me. I hope Acura doesn't cheap out on the standard luxury expectations like they have on the RDX and the ILX though.
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brgtlm
        no more TL, TLX will replace current TL
          brgtlm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
          Yep that makes sense since the "X" was added to the name. Hope it is a more attractive car than the current TL. Can't tell if that ugly car is coming or going from the front or back.
      rsxvue
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will the TLX share a platform with the current Accord? If so, that seems promising as the current accord is a pretty good all-around car.
      TaekOne
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a long-time fan of Honda and someone that's owned both a TSX and TL I can only hope they do this crazy transition well. The 1st gen 6spd TSX was my favorite but still thought it had room for improvement, namely in engine performance. The current gen TSX does not seem like an improvement to me in any way. I'm not sure what their remarks about a "more athletic performance" and brand-new transmission will actually end up being, but for sake of the brand I hope this is more than just hype-talk.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Acura is lost.
        hokkaido76
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr Sled
        Haters will keep on hating.......
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hokkaido76
          It isn't hating if it is true. animiekyoto, you aren't fooling anyone. Give it up, Aaron.
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          @hokkaido76
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          @hokkaido76
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        Russell Ford
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr Sled
        'Acura posted October sales of 14,296, an increase of 17.5 percent compared to last October with Acura light trucks recording their best October ever' Yeah increase of 17.5% they're definitely lost. Numbers count, not douche-posters that don't buy cars.
          Russell Ford
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Russell Ford
          Agree completely about being in decline since '05 but that's forever ago in the car business. They've begun to turn the corner: Current TL is a 'good' car (make or break on the next one). The MDX has great reviews, the RDX is getting 'solid' reviews. RLX.....well it's 'better' than the RL. Acura will be fine and will be around for a while.
      hokkaido76
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad the TSX Sport Wagon is being discontinued as well (considering that there is no chance that this replacement will feature a wagon variant). I really liked how it looked.
        Lou
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hokkaido76
        I had the wagon as a loaner a few months back. It wasn't a bad car. But the drivetrain in the TSX dates back to the 2004 TSX. It's the same engine and transmission with a couple of tweaks to slightly improve fuel economy. That drivetrain no longer works anymore in this market with V6 and turbo 4's getting better fuel economy with better accelleration. That drivetrain should have been replaced a year or two ago.
          TruthHertz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lou
          New flash, that engine is the same K-Series crap that is now called "Earth Dreams". The timing belt equipped J35 goes back to the early 90's. What happened to Honda being an engineering company. They haven't made me say wow in almost a decade.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lou
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        WheelMcCoy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hokkaido76
        Yes, I liked the looks of the TSX Sports Wagon too. Test drove it twice. Bought it. Yes, there is a slight power deficit, and you need to stay on the paddles to coax it out. Otherwise, it's quite a satisfying drive, and quite practical. But the wagon doesn't sell well -- 3000 this year, maybe -- so I see why it's going. If the ILX is sticking around, an ILX 3 door and 5 door hatch would be interesting. But would it sell?
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hokkaido76
        Audi axed A4 wagon as well and lifted it as Allroad. "Outbacklization" seems the way for wagons to survive in US.
        Jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hokkaido76
        The TSX wagon is probably the perfect car for me save the absence of a manual transmission. I test drove one in the spring and was actually surprised at the acceleration, particularly low and mid range. The transmission in Sport mode, paddling shift up and down, also was much more impressive than I would have expected from an "old" 5-speed auto. That said, I agree with Mr Sled, it's just was sadly a little too slow for me to purchase as a daily driver. And the aftermarket support of the single VTEC K24 is pretty limited, not to mention the integrated exhaust manifold really limits power you can add even through forced induction (i.e. Kraftwerks or Comptech Supercharger Kit).
        Mr Sled
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hokkaido76
        I test drove it. It's a dog. Good chassis, but underpowered. Really wanted to like driving it. Give it another 30 to 40 horse... sold.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr Sled
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