Super Street Network

 |   |   |  Spied! 2018 Acura TLX Prototype Shows off New Grille
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Spied! 2018 Acura TLX Prototype Shows off New Grille

We caught the sedan sitting in Southern California traffic

Kelly Pleskot
Dec 7, 2016

Sometimes, camouflage only serves to accentuate what an automaker is trying to hide. That's certainly the case with this Acura prototype, which can't hide its new diamond pentagon grille in these photos.

We first saw this grille design on the Acura Precision Concept, and then again on the refreshed 2017 Acura MDX that went on sale earlier this year. On the camouflaged prototype, which we believe is the refreshed 2018 Acura TLX, this grille contributes to a more athletic front end that we've been waiting to see on a production Acura sedan. The headlights maintain their narrow, angular shape as before, but this mule doesn't have any silver window trim like we typically see on the TLX. The back end keeps its large lip at the top of the trunk, but it looks like Acura may have changed the shape of the rear a bit.

2018 Acura TLX prototype rear three quarter Photo 2/8   |   2018 Acura TLX prototype rear three quarter

A while back, Acura debuted a production-ready TLX show car with visible exhaust outlets, which could potentially make their way to market because Acura owners have been requesting them. All current Acura models hide their exhaust tips. When the concept debuted, we spoke with Acura Global Creative Director Dave Marek, who hinted that an updated TLX would feature more compelling styling. "The next round of styling will be more premium-brand, performance feeling, and more noticeable," he said.

The current-generation Acura TLX debuted in 2014 for the 2015 model year, so it's due for a mid-cycle refresh in the near future. Today's TLX offers a choice of two engines: a 206-hp 2.4-liter inline-four and a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6.

Photo Source: Alex Gorodetzki

By Kelly Pleskot
217 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Finding out if driving a MK2 Rallye Golf is everything we dreamed it would be.
Michael FebboJun 22, 2017
Polestar becomes its own company, producing high-performance electrified cars, but will still maintain a strong partnership with Volvo.
Michael CantuJun 21, 2017
Hennessey is cooking up a new hypercar called the Venom F5, which will be capable of "speeds approaching 300 mph," according to the company.
Alex NishimotoJun 21, 2017
Obsessive doesn't begin to describe the amount of work put into this build
Yuta AkaishiJun 21, 2017
A few highlights that'll help you decide whether Lexus' new sports coupe is a beauty or a bust
Sam DuJun 20, 2017
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP