Last week in New York, Acura pulled the wraps off its all-new TLX sedan – a midsize model that replaces both the TSX and TL in one fell swoop. In a bit of behind-the-scenes full disclosure, we were originally scheduled to get our first drive of the car in early May. But an intrepid reader forwarded us an email to Acura dealers saying that the on-sale date of the TLX will be pushed back, and subsequently, the automaker confirmed to Autoblog that the official media launch has been postponed, as well. Acura spokesperson Chuck Schifsky tells us that the 2015 TLX will now go on sale later this summer.

"We don't view it as a major delay," Schifsky told Autoblog. The TLX is "the most technologically advanced Acura" yet – even more so than the original NSX, Schifsky says – and thus, there are "lots of systems to get sorted out." When asked if there is a specific component to point to regarding this delay, Schifsky told Autoblog that it's "not any one thing."

"We have determined that it is necessary to modify the production schedule for the 2015 TLX, which will move the on-sale date to late summer."

"The TLX has more advanced and customer-relevant technology than on any other Acura model in our history, and we must assure that all systems are ready for mass production. Further, it is critical that we have a stable and sustainable supply of vehicles and components to support the strong customer response that we expect for this all-new Acura sedan," a company spokesperson wrote to its dealers. "To achieve these goals, we have determined that it is necessary to modify the production schedule for the 2015 TLX, which will move the on-sale date to late summer."

The 2015 TLX uses both a 2.4-liter inline-four and a 3.5-liter V6, and will be the first Acura to use two brand-new transmissions. The 2.4-liter engine features an eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, and the 3.5-liter V6 uses a nine-speed automatic. What's more, the TLX features a reworked version of the Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) that debuted in the larger RLX, and the company's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is available, too.

"The 2015 TLX is the emotionally powerful car we've been longing for," Acura wrote to its dealers. So it goes without saying, the company has a whole lot riding on this all-new offering, and it's important to get it right from the start. Schifsky reiterates, "Don't put the car on sale until it's perfect."


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      Johnny_K
      • 7 Months Ago
      People are trashing this car for the wrong reasons. The technology inside the car is 10x that of a Lexus. My wife has a 2014 lexus and my 05' Acura is leaps and bounds ahead as far as navi and bluetooth. Not to mention many other things if you take into account the TLX vs the new lexus. Acura is for people who don't care about racing people on the freeway or feeling better about themselves for buying a lexus. Its practicality and entry level luxury. I Think this car will sell just fine. Not everyone is trying to buy a car to impress women. Some of us do that without wasting 48k on a car with 2005 technology in it.
      x percent
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well, now that I've checked the Autoblog comments I know what the boys in the middle school cafeteria think about this news. As A a grown up I think it's very good to delay and incur an unknown cost rather than release prematurely (like Jeep) and piss off a lot of customers. Oh, BTW, the TLX is fine for its intended audience and will sell quite well.
        • 8 Months Ago
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          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 8 Months Ago
          True, and try to get a deal on an RDX or MDX. Impossible. A used 2013 or 2014 RDX is selling at almost new prices.
          Gearhead
          • 8 Months Ago
          Sorry to burst your bubble but Acura, Cadillac and Audi all have about the same market share. Honda's making some real money with the Acura brand.
          iutodd
          • 8 Months Ago
          Except the MDX and RDX. In March the RDX outsold EVERYTHING else in the class: X3, GLK, Q5, XC60 and is 200 units behind the X3 for the year. The MDX was only behind the ridiculous RX in March. And the MDX is up 67% this year while the RX is flat.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 8 Months Ago
      Acura is losing the luxury battle....to......Hyundai? Genesis and Equus will pummel the TLX and RL. All Hyundai needs to make is a luxury crossover for the kill.
      David
      • 8 Months Ago
      How is separating the transmission selector into five individual buttons superior to the simplicity of a lever? Honestly, this instinctively strikes me as well-beyond trendy, to bordering on dangerous.
        Patrick
        • 8 Months Ago
        @David
        Shift and hand brake levers are anachronisms, and many other car makers are switching away from them to buttons. They may be the only lever a person touches during their day, and there's no reason for them since transmission are all electronically controlled anyway. Old people mostly confuse the gas and brake.
        Karfreek
        • 8 Months Ago
        @David
        I agree. Have we not learned anything from infotainment systems?
        Johnny_K
        • 7 Months Ago
        @David
        The Lexus CT does the exact same thing. Thats the trend.
      zepeda1
      • 8 Months Ago
      The questions is, after it is introduced will anyone notice?
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      ""The 2015 TLX is the emotionally powerful car we've been longing for," Acura wrote to its dealers." Yet, it doesn't provoke an emotional response...
        Terry Actill
        • 8 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Acura buyers get excited changing the potty paper roll.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Terry Actill
          That's nice and all, but the passenger cars aren't selling that well. Reception for the RLX, while it has outsold the RL, has still be lukewarm, and the ILX is regularly savaged in the press.
        brgtlm
        • 8 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        They have such a low baseline and starting point, that small movements are "powerful."
      Mark
      • 8 Months Ago
      there is nothing appealing about this car. its dull and not luxurious at all. the one piece chrome grill is very ugly they should get rid of that on all of their models. they are nothing compared to LEXUS. I use to be an Acura fan but over the years their car styling keeps getting worse. the new Honda Accord looks way better and more luxurious. i thought ACURA is suppose to be the more luxurious brand.
        Johnny_K
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Mark
        The new accord looks more luxurious? lol Lexus is so awesome, but their cars are platformed around camrys lol
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm really interested in the FWD version with 4 cylinder. If the price is right, most likely buying one.
      David
      • 8 Months Ago
      I mean, how much fun is a 5-point turn going to be when you have to keep looking down for the right button to press for next step? If you thought seniors had a rap for selecting the opposite/incorrect drive gear before, and smashing into things, just wait!
      mary.keana
      • 8 Months Ago
      I like the Chinese version of this better. Too bad Autoblog doesn't cover it. http://paultan.org/2014/04/21/honda-spirior-concept/
      MJC
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is what makes Honda great. Most companies (I am looking at you Toyota) would rush the product out with known issues. Honda would rather get it right.
        loganandbutters
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MJC
        I hope you are right. They seem to be doing a lot of showing off lately with nothing really to back it up. Being late to the game of everything.
      FIDTRO
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm probably in the minority but I think it's a nice looking car, especially by Acura standards. Maybe a little boring, sure, but nice.
        Terry Actill
        • 8 Months Ago
        @FIDTRO
        They are all boring. My father in law used to drive only Buicks then he saw an Acura and bought one. Dullest man ever.
        marv.shocker
        • 8 Months Ago
        @FIDTRO
        I think it's probably their best looking car, too…but that's not saying much.
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