From the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype.
(car hood slamming) (seatbelt clicking) (cheerful guitar music) (tires squealing) Hi I'm Kelsey Mays for Cars.com, here at the 2014 Chicago auto show with the car that will replace the TL and the TSX in Acura's lineup. It's called the TLX.
Now this is a prototype version of the car, so it doesn't have an interior yet, but you can be sure that something that looks very close to this will show up at Acura dealers this summer. Let's take a closer look Acura says the TLX should have similar interior volume to the TL which should make for a roomier cabin than competitors like the BMW 3 series and the Audi A4 Overall wheelbase remains 109 inches, which is the same as the outgoing TL, but the TLX's top dimensions actually decrease overall length by about four inches. Acura played it safe here with styling on the TLX prototype, a lot of angular symmetry going on here. There's a cut line that runs down the very center of the car that splits what's a very toned down version of the brand's shield grill here which used to overtake some of its cars. A single section here as opposed to divided sections, that opens up the lower part of the bumper. A lot of bright work that's kind of framing it here, Similar layout in the back underneath the tail lights. Given that the MDX, Acura's SUV, when it was redesigned, toned down a lot of the bumper kind of bright work that went on in the MDX prototype that Acura released before the redesign came out. We'll see if this actually makes it to production. In terms of driving technology, there's the whole kitchen sink in the TLX. Direct injection, four cylinder and six cylinder engines, eight and nine speed automatic transmissions Acura says, and the brand promises class leading fuel economy, thanks to things like cylinder deactivation, and a lighter available all wheel drive system. Now sometimes the whole kitchen sink can turn out to be too much for its own good, so stay tuned closer to the cars on sale date. We'll report you our driving impressions. (car accelerating)