Based on an all-new platform developed specifically for it, the 2021 TLX promises to be the most performance-focused sedan Acura has ever offered. That’s especially true for the upcoming TLX Type S performance variant, which will arrive in spring 2021 with an all-new 3.0-liter V6 Turbo engine making 355 HP and 354 lb-ft (479 Nm) of torque, a 10-speed automatic transmission and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) as standard.
All lesser 2021 TLX models are powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that debuted in the latest RDX SUV. Rated at 272 HP at 6,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque at 1,600-4,500 rpm, this engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive in standard spec.
All grades can be equipped with the latest generation SH-AWD system with torque-vectoring capability that’s offering 40 percent more rear torque capacity and 30 percent quicker front-to-rear torque transfer than the previous-generation system in the outgoing TLX. Up to 70 percent of engine torque can be transferred to the rear axle, and 100 percent of that rear-axle torque is continuously distributed between the left and right rear wheels.
The 2021 TLX launches with four distinct grades: TLX, TLX with Technology Package, TLX A-Spec, and TLX with Advance Package. You can take a detailed look at the TLX A-Spec (blue car) and TLX Advance (red car) in the extensive photo gallery below released by Acura.
While 130 images are more than enough to make you decide whether you like what you see or not, we will tell you the 2021 model features significantly revised proportions. It’s 2.9 inches (74 mm) longer, 2.2 inches (56 mm) wider and 0.6 inches (15 mm) lower than the 2020 model, with a wheelbase extended by 3.7 inches (94 mm). Add to that the wider tracks and wheels and it’s easy to explain why the new TLX looks more athletic than before.
The driving experience is said to match that visual impression thanks to the return to a double wishbone front suspension as well as the introduction of a new variable-ratio electric power steering system, NSX-derived electro-servo brake-by-wire technology, and available Adaptive Damper System. According to Acura, the latter provides more responsive and customizable ride and handling performance.
Moreover, the new body is the most rigid ever offered on an Acura sedan and uses 64 percent (by weight) lightweight materials, such as aluminum and press-hardened steel – more than any previous Acura sedan.
The all-new Acura TLX 2.0T arrived in dealerships across the U.S. on September 28 with a starting MSRP of $38,525, including a $1,025 destination charge.