Acura to preview flagship sedan in Augustby Ronan Glon
The model could resurrect the Legend nameplate.
Acura is preparing to expand its line-up with a range-topping sedan, according to a recent report. The model will be previewed by a close-to-production concept scheduled to make its official debut in August of 2019 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Car & Driver learned Acura's upcoming flagship might resurrect the Legend nameplate, though nothing is official yet. If that's accurate, it would mark a drastic departure from the Japanese company's three-letter naming system. The publication added that, regardless of what it's called, the sedan will borrow styling cues from the Precision concept (pictured) unveiled during the 2016 Detroit auto show. Officially, the concept merely previewed Acura's then-upcoming styling language. Executives decided it deserved better, so it will make the transition from a design study to a production model.
2019 will be a busy year for Acura. The company will also unveil the next-generation TLX, and a brand-new MDX. The born-again Legend -- assuming that's what it's called -- will either directly replace or fill in for the RLX, which isn't long for this world. And, as we previously reported, we could see a second-generation ZDX in the not-too-distant future.
Car & Driver stressed the sedan we'll see at Pebble Beach will be a concept, not a production model. Considering it has already been approved for production, and looking at Acura's track record of turning prototypes around in record time, we could see the final version either at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show or in early 2020.