Acura RLX revealed ahead of Monterey Car Week

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Acura revealed a fully-redesigned 2018 model of its flagship RLX sedan Wednesday.

Although it's not exactly Acura's hottest seller, the RLX has received some much-needed updates for the 2018 model year. The refreshed sedan is in line with the new design language at Acura, most notably the adoption of a "diamond pentagon grille", a new signature that's a very welcome replacement for the ugly chrome beak that's been plaguing otherwise good looking Acuras for nearly a decade.

Honda's near-luxury arm unveiled the 2018 RLX on Thursday ahead of its formal debut during Monterey Car Week in California. It is equipped with a diamond pentagon grille which dominates the front end, while it is surrounded by brand new front fascia and sculpted hood.

Acura is eliminating several trim packages on both the base and the Sport Hybrid model and boils everything down to just two versions.

The non-hybrid RLX will have 310 horsepower and come standard with precision all-wheel steer.

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Other updates include the new wheel designs, the redesigned LED taillights, new dual exhaust tips and a gloss black rear diffuser.

As before, the RLX is offered with the brand's Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) technology, which combines a direct-injected 3.5 litre V6, lithium-ion battery, seven-speed DCT automatic transmission and three electric motors. Acura brags that this driveline shares componentry from the NSX supercar's hybrid setup, but it produces less power than that mid-engined stunner does-196 horsepower and 135 lb-ft less, to be specific, for totals of 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft.

The first Acura RLX debuted in 2013 as a replacement for the range-topping RL sedan. The front seats are redone, and now have contrast piping and stitching.

Other features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking are still included. A new Espresso interior color will be offered for the inside, and for the outside buyers will be able to choose two new premium colors: Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl. In addition, there is Traffic Jam Assist which will help you out when you are driving in slow-speed situations.

Like the current model, the AcuraWatch suite of safety tech is standard which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and other tech you'd expect to find in a auto in this class.

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