Acura Teases All-New 2021 TLX, Return of Type S to Lineup
Acura will debut the all-new second-generation TLX on May 28 — but for now, all we have is this teaser image of the rear end of the upcoming TLX Type S. That’s because, in addition to redesigning the TLX, Acura will also resurrect the Type S performance label last seen in the 2000s.
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Powering the TLX Type S will be an all-new turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. Acura hasn’t given out power figures yet. but we’re hoping for a significant increase over the current-generation’s 3.5-liter V-6, which puts out 290 horsepower. Something in the mid-to-high 300s would be nice for a premium performance sedan.
The teaser image shows off what looks to be a more aggressive-looking rear end. Acura looks to have widened the rear fenders to give the TLX more muscular haunches, and the Type S will sport what Acura says are “large-diameter” quad exhaust pipes. Redesigned and thinner LED taillights join what are hopefully functional rear vents outboard of the exhaust tips, and the center of the rear bumper has a similar diffuser look to the outgoing TLX. Whether that piece is functional or mostly for show is unclear.
It also appears that the TLX Type S will be at least available with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. We wouldn’t hate it if there were also a rear-wheel-drive version, but the outgoing TLX is available with either front- or all-wheel drive, and it’s unlikely that Acura has gone and given the all-new TLX the necessary rear-drive platform. Expect the Type S to be AWD-only.
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The full debut of the new TLX begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be viewable online. If you miss it, don’t worry: We’ll have all the details here at Cars.com thereafter.
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