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cura to offer four-wheel steering on RLX flagship Read more: http://www.autonews.com
LOS ANGELES -- Acura's redesigned RLX flagship sedan will come with an advanced four-wheel steering system and an optional hybrid powertrain when it arrives in early 2013.
The 2014 RLX will replace the RL, which is phasing out as a 2012 model. The RLX will feature Honda Motor's proprietary Precision All-Wheel Steering system, which allows the rear wheels to have independent toe control during cornering.
The rear wheels can have their toe-in angles adjusted by electronic actuators that "respond instantaneously to the will of the driver," said Jeff Conrad, Acura general manager, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The base RLX features a 310-hp, direct-injection V-6 engine connected to a six-speed transmission. An optional Sport Hybrid All-Wheel Drive system, paired with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, generates an output of 370 hp.
The base engine gets 20 city/31 highway mpg. With a 30/30 mpg rating, the hybrid model delivers "V-8 acceleration with four-cylinder fuel economy," Conrad said.
U.S. sales of the RL have slumped 65 percent this year to 350 units, and Acura is counting on the redesigned model to raise its prospects in a luxury-sedan market dominated by the BMW 5 series, Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E class and Audi A6.
Dimensionally, the RLX carries the same overall length as the outgoing RL, but it has a 2-inch longer wheelbase and is nearly 2 inches wider. Nearly all that extra room went into the rear seat; the current model's cramped space there was a frequent complaint.
Connectivity features on the RLX include a touch-screen interface for e-mail; text messaging and contacts, as well as integration of HD radio; Pandora Internet radio; and the Aha Radio interface via Bluetooth. Real-time traffic reporting will include surface streets as well as freeways.
Both models of the RLX, conventional and hybrid, feature a double-wishbone front suspension and a multilink rear suspension with amplitude reactive dampers at all four corners. Safety features include collision warning, lane-departure warning, front knee airbags, rearview camera, stolen-vehicle tracking and airbag deployment communications.
Connectivity features include a touch-screen interface for e-mail; text messaging and contacts, as well as integration of HD radio; Pandora Internet radio; and the Aha Radio interface via Bluetooth. Real-time traffic reporting will include surface streets as well as freeways.
Despite the additional technology, the new RLX is 275 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
The base RLX goes on sale in the spring, with the hybrid arriving later in the year. Pricing for both models will be released closer to their on-sale date.
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