Acura RLX gets new grille, improved Sport Hybrid tech for 2018

The RLX has been streamlined to two variants, one with Precision All-Wheel Steer and another with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

Acura has previewed a refreshed RLX, introducing aesthetic tweaks and powertrain improvements for the 2018 model year.

The facelift centers around Acura's new diamond pentagon grille, replacing the controversial 'beak' shape of the outgoing model. The new look is further distinguished by a more sculpted hood, new wheels, bolder LED taillights, dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser.

The RLX Sport Hybrid package boasts a slightly increase to 377 total system horsepower. Acura claims the powertrain and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system have been further refined based on developments from the NSX supercar.

Buyers can also opt for the 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer. Its non-hybrid engine is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission for improved acceleration and passing times.

The RLX' AcuraWatch suite of safety and assistance technologies has been expanded with Traffic Jam Assist, helping keep the car in its lane and moving with variable-speed traffic.

The 2018 RLX will make its public debut next week for Monterey Automotive Week.

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