Acura Automobiles: 2014 Acura RLX Press Kit

Posted on 15. Feb, 2013 by in Acura Canada

Introduction*
The 2014 Acura RLX is the most powerful, spacious, and technologically
advanced Acura sedan ever. Powered by an all-new 310-horsepower
direct-injected V-6 engine, and featuring an array of Acura signature
technologies, including Precision All-Wheel Steer™, Jewel Eye™ LED
headlights, and the next generation of the AcuraLink® connected car system,
the RLX fulfills Acura’s commitment to creating “the synergy between man
and machine” and delivers new levels of technology-enhanced performance,
comfort and convenience in Acura’s flagship sedan.

Using smart packaging, advanced aerodynamics, and lightweight body design,
along with fuel-saving i-VTEC with Variable Cylinder Management engine
technology, the RLX delivers the most spacious five-passenger seating in
its class along with a top-class EPA fuel economy rating of 20/31/24 mpg
(city/highway/combined).

With a longer wheelbase and wider greenhouse than competing mid-luxury
sedans, the new RLX delivers full-size interior space in a nimbler,
mid-size luxury sedan package. The RLX boasts the longest rear-seat
legroom (38.8 inches), and best front (59.6 inches) and rear (57.0 inches)
shoulder room in the mid-luxury class. The RLX advanced body design makes
extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum, further aiding its
outstanding fuel efficiency, straight-line performance, and superior
handling agility.

The new RLX reaches higher and farther into the high-end luxury sedan
market with an incredible array of advanced safety, driver-assistive, and
information and media technologies, including the standard next-generation
AcuraLink™ connected car system, and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; along
with available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control
with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system. Safety
systems available on the RLX include technologies such as Collision
Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane
Departure Warning (LDW).

Utilizing Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II
(ACE™ II) body structure, along with seven airbags (including new driver’s
knee airbag), the RLX is anticipated to earn top-level safety ratings – a
5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score, and IIHS “TOP SAFETY PICK+” rating,
including a GOOD rating in the IIHS small overlap frontal collision test.

The RLX also offers intuitive technology that reduces stress and simplifies
the driving and ownership experience – with features such as Electronic
Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, a capless refueling system, Smart
Entry/Smart Start keyless access system, easy-to-use and customize dual
touch screens, “tensionless” e-pretension front seatbelts, and available
rain-sensing windshield wipers, among others.

Acura and Industry Firsts
Befitting its flagship sedan status, the new RLX has a long list of
pioneering technologies:

  • Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights enhance the RLX’s modern and distinctive
    appearance while providing outstanding light distribution and improved
    down-the-road illumination.
  • Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) continuously monitors and calculates
    the correct amount of independent rear-wheel steering (toe angle)
    necessary to help the RLX meet driving conditions with the utmost ease
    and stability.
  • Scheduled to debut on the 2014 RLX, Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel
    Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) is an innovative new drive system that blends
    hybrid power with Acura’s advanced Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive
    (SH-AWD). (More information on the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will be
    provided prior to its on-sale date.)
  • Engineered by one of the world’s most premium audio companies, the
    available 14-speaker Krell premium audio system sets a new benchmark in
    automotive audio performance (RLX with Krell Audio package and RLX with
    Advance package trims).

U.S. Technology Firsts

  • The available next-generation AcuraLink™ delivers a bevy of new
    information, media, convenience, and security services via embedded
    two-way communications and web-enabled devices, including AcuraLink
    Real-Time Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and all-new surface street
    traffic.
  • The available Front seatbelt e-pretensioners use electronic controls to
    reduce tension for a more comfortable seatbelt experience during normal
    driving conditions. This is the first seatbelt tensioning system to
    incorporate yaw movement as well as braking.

Acura Technology Firsts

  • Acura’s first direct injected engine contributes to the 3.5-liter V-6
    engine’s high performance, low emissions, and 20/31/24 mpg EPA
    city/highway/combined fuel economy rating.1
  • Double wishbone, double joint front suspension optimizes suspension
    geometry to significantly improve agility, driver confidence and ride
    sophistication.
  • Agile Handling Assist uses active braking to help the driver smoothly and
    easily trace the desired line through a curve with smaller steering
    inputs.
  • The available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow allows
    the RLX to independently maintain a set following distance in low-speed
    traffic conditions, including stop and go traffic, and to initiate
    vehicle braking when necessary.
  • The available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) uses a camera to detect
    lane markings on the road and actively assist the driver in keeping the
    car in a detected lane.
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses a camera mounted in the upper
    portion of the windshield to detect vehicles ahead of the RLX and audibly
    and visually alert the driver when it determines that a collision with a
    detected vehicle is imminent.
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses the same windshield-mounted camera as
    the FCW system to detect lane markings on the road and alert the driver
    if the vehicle is wandering from a detected lane.
  • Electric Parking Brake provides one-touch parking brake activation.
  • Automatic Brake Hold maintains the vehicle’s position for up to ten (10)
    minutes without the driver having to maintain pressure on the brake
    pedal. Braking is released when the driver steps on the accelerator
    pedal.
  • The RLX’s available retractable door mirrors can be configured to
    automatically retract when the doors are locked, and then automatically
    extend when the doors are unlocked.
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines uses active
    guidelines that curve, displaying the amount of steering wheel input on
    the display to aid in backup maneuvers.
  • Capless fueling eliminates the fuel cap and improves ease of fueling.
  • A driver’s side knee airbag is designed to help keep the driver in a
    proper seating position in the event of a moderate to severe frontal
    collision.

*For full details, download the “2014 Acura RLX Press Kit” by clicking on the link above.

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