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 |  Jun 19 2012, 2:45 PM

Acura RLX Hybrid

 

Acura might have just started its hybrid push with the ILX, but it’s clear that there are more exciting hybrids in the pipeline. At the latest auto shows, Acura showed off its RLX sedan concept, and NSX super-car concept, which both featured new hybrid technology.

By using a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the RLX is expected to get 30 mpg in both highway driving and in the city. That’s a nice number for a car that’s expected to have more than 300 hp. Specifically, the AWD model of the RLX will have 370-hp, which is managed by a new system that consists of two electric motors that power the rear wheels. This element works with a V6 and an additional electric motor which power the front wheels, and makes up the new Sport-Hybrid SH-AWD technology. Acura says this system allows the car’s power to be distributed between the left and right rear wheels to help the car rotate. A system similar to this will be used in the new NSX, but will be flipped around to allow more power for the rear wheels.

This innovative way to introduce hybrid technology with high-performance handling is Acura’s method into successfully introducing hybrid vehicles into their range. Expect the RLX to debut in early 2013.

 

  • Fliche

    Hybrids really are taking over. In even just the next 5 years, there will probably be a hybrid version of absolutely everything.

  • Rb48901

    Personally, I think that all electric vehicles are the only way to go, and then only for inner city commuting. The focus on range has clouded the the true nature of the vehicle. They should not be a replacement for the normal vehicle. They should have been light weight, efficent movers, not something that will drive you across country. That has involved compromises, outrageous prices and has delayed  introduction.  As an example the Chevrolet Volt wil be sold in Australia as the Holden Volt at Aus$60,000.00 Holden also sell the Cruze at Aus$25,000.00 and the Commodore (Chevrolet SS) for $45,000 (we see the Volt for what it is, an electric Cruze!) that is a price premium of Aus$35,000, way too much for the the so-called “green” car. They should have sold it at $12,000 as a commuter and thrown away the ICE. Buy it as your second “work” or “shopping trolly” and keep the petrol (gas) car for the long drives.   

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  • http://www.westedmontonhyundai.com/used-trucks-edmonton.htm Ellsworth Mciltrot

    Ahh. This proves that hybrids are taking over the car industry by storm. It looks like every car manufacturer label is crafting at least one hybrid model to cope with the market’s demands. Well, with its cost-efficiency and perceived better mileage, it wouldn’t be surprising to see these hybrids dominate the road in the years to come.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/O45TJ362PVZEIMK5QPA3EOTDEE M

    I’m really looking forward to the new Acura RL hybrid.

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  • Althea Later

    I have the CT200h. I am averaging 44 mpg OVERALL. If cars like the Fusion are reliable and average at least 35 mpg… eventually gas cars that are averaging in the teens will be almost worthless.

  • Rxonmymind

    Soon I’ll buy one just not yet. Just as everyone was thrashing about attempting to make a “smart” phone back in 2007 and nobody could get it right along came Steve Jobs with the iphone. I’m hoping one like him comes along and hits a home run. The first car company that does people will beat a path to their store without having to do numbers on the back of the napkin. It’ll be that obvious. Steve, why didn’t you become an auto executive too. Rip….