By Joe Bruzek on January 15, 2013
Acura’s flagship 2014 RLX will start at $49,345, including an $895 destination charge, when the luxury automaker’s largest sedan goes on sale March 15. The almost $50,000 entry fee includes numerous standard features like a 310-horsepower V-6 with direct injection, wild “jewel-eye” LED headlights, Acura’s first use of all-wheel steering, lane departure and forward collision warning systems, and a 10-speaker stereo with USB connectivity and Pandora internet radio.
The RLX improves on the outgoing Acura RL with more interior room from a similar outside package and a significantly redesigned inside, outside and chassis. The RLX competes against luxury sedans like the BMW 535i, Lexus GS 350 and Audi A6.
Available features include upgraded Milano perforated leather seats as well as safety features like a lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning system and collision mitigation braking that alerts the driver before a crash. An upgraded stereo system with 14 speakers is included in Krell and Advance packages. The RLX is available in the following packages. Pricing includes an $895 destination charge:
Only front-wheel-drive versions debut on the March launch date, but a more powerful all-wheel-drive variant becomes available later in 2013 and uses an electric motor to power the rear wheels while the gasoline engine powers the front.
Interested parties can test drive the RLX ahead of the March on-sale date in February when an Acura’s “Destination RLX” program provides two examples to each Acura dealership nationwide.Related
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