Acura just debuted the all-new 2021 Acura TLX, its latest D-segment four-door and rival to the Cadillac CT5.
Styled after the Type S Concept unveiled last year, the new TLX is longer, lower, and wider than the preceding model. The wheelbase has grown 3.7 inches, the roof is now 0.6 inches lower, and the body is 2.2 inches wider. The front and rear track have also widened by 1.2 inches and 1.6 inches, respectively.
Styling highlights include a diamond pentagon grille, plus LED headlamps with four individual LED lighting elements. There’s also a set of LED tail lamps in the rear and dual exhaust tips. Standard spec includes 18-inch wheels, with 19’s available.
The 2021 Acura TLX takes technology from the Acura RDX for the cabin space, including the Acura ELS Studio 3D audio system, as well as the latest True Touchpad Interface for the infotainment system, with a 10.2-inch HD display and optional 10.5-inch head-up display for the readouts.
Under the hood, the 2021 Acura TLX is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L engine with VTEC, which produces 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while mating to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
What’s more, the new 2021 Acura TLX Type S is expected to debut in the Spring of 2021, reintroducing the brand’s Type S performance variant after a decade on the shelf. The new TLX Type S will bring with it an all-new turbocharged 3.0L V6 and the brand’s super Handling All-Wheel Drive system with torque vectoring capabilities. Specs on the new V6 will be released closer to launch, but Acura says it will mate to a 10-speed automatic with sportier tuning, plus unique styling elements like a new grille, larger intakes, a deck lid spoiler, a rear diffuser, a front splitter, and 20-inch wheels.
The 2021 Acura TLX will start in the mid $30,000 range, and arrives in dealers this Fall. In addition to rivaling the Cadillac CT5, the new 2021 Acura TLX will also go head-to-head with the Audi A4 range, BMW 3 Series, Infiniti Q50, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Volvo S60.