Acura RLX SH-AWD – Motorshow Focus
Posted on: Dec 26, 2015 - 4:00am IST
Most powerful and technologically advanced mainstream car from Honda’s luxury brand.
The Acura RLX SH-AWD (Sport Hybrid) was showcased at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The automaker calls it the most technologically-advanced sedan it has ever made.
This hybrid sedan is the first to get Acura’s three-motor Sport Hybrid system with electric SH-AWD. The design is pretty conventional with the ‘jewel-eye’ LED headlamps being a striking feature. Acura also says that it has more wheelbase and a wider greenhouse than the competition, thus making the five-seater a bit more comfortable. Emphasis has also been paid on fuel efficiency and to that effect, the sedan has a lightweight construction and an aerodynamic body.
Standard features on the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid are Smart Entry system, heated 12-way adjustable front seats, tri-zone climate control, 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display, multi-view rearview camera, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.
Power for the RLX SH-AWD comes from a 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected V6 engine that is assisted by three high-output electric motors. Combined output stands at 377 hp and 377 lb.ft. (511 Nm) of peak torque. Power is sent to all wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The carmaker claims that the engine gives V8-like performance with the efficiency of a four-cylinder engine; combined fuel efficiency is pegged at 30 mpg (12.75 km/l).