Next-Gen Acura RL to Target Mercedes CLS; New Small Sedan to Get Hybrid Option

Next-Gen Acura RL to Target Mercedes CLS; New Small Sedan to Get Hybrid Option
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A slew of new product info and rumors have popped up, detailing big (and little) changes across Acura’s product portfolio. Updates are planned for the TL, while the there’s more news about the new sub-TSX model, as well as a new direction for Acura’s flagship RL.

Starting with the new small sedan, a source tells TempleofVtec that the design will be “edgy” yet the car will be affordable – hinting that this might just be the next generation of the Civic-based CSX (currently sold in Canada). The car will reportedly also be offered as a gasoline model and a hybrid and was described as an “aggressive IS350.”

As a RWD model is out of the question from Honda, we’re really hoping for an AWD car with the impressive 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder from the RDX. We won’t hold our breath though.

As for the RL, Acura may have finally figured out a space for the car in the marketplace, choosing not to peg it against other flagships like the S-Class, 7 Series or Lexus LS, but rather against a new line of coupe-styled luxury sedans. In other words, the next-generation Acura RL would be a Mercedes CLS rival. There’s a strong possibility Honda will debut a new full-hybrid system in this car, mated to a V6 engine an using it’s SH-AWD system.

In more down-to-earth news, the TL is slated to get a 6-speed automatic transmission that should help improve fuel economy, while the overall design will be toned down, 19-inch wheels made standard and several new technology items offered.

[Source: TOV]