Acura RLX Hybrid Delayed Due to Technical Issues

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Acura RLX Hybrid Delayed Due to Technical Issues
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The Acura RLX Hybrid still isn’t up to the Japanese automaker’s expectations.

Originally expected to arrive this spring, the RLX Hybrid was then delayed and was supposed to arrive this summer. But the RLX Hybrid has yet to show up at dealerships and according to the company’s senior vice president and general manager, Mike Accavitti, the car isn’t on sale due to a “technical” issue. Unfortunately Accavitti wouldn’t elaborate on the issue simply telling WardsAuto that the sedan “just hasn’t met with our expectations yet.”

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Reported reasons for the car’s delay vary from a lithium-ion battery shortage to engineers needing to work out the car’s three-electric-motor Super-Handling-All-Wheel-Drive system. The RLX Hybrid will feature a trio of electric motors paired to a 3.5-liter V6 engine for a total system output of 377 hp.

As of now, the RLX Hybrid is expected to arrive dealerships within the next month as some units were on a boat from Japan late last month.

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[Source: WardsAuto]

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  • Calvin L Miller Jr

    It was weird this vehicle all but disappeared off the map. Youd think acura would be more transparent about delaying the car.

  • johnls39 .

    As the sales decline on a monthly basis continues.

  • boe_d

    While the RLX is a good car, no one wants to spend a lot on an ugly car. They really need to lose the new badge/shield/fugly beak. Frankly I’m thinking they should drop the RLX and make more TLX models – including an S type and a hybrid using the same hybrid tech in the accord – offer at least 40MPG combined and 7 sec 0-60 and I think they’d have a LOT of people to a semi luxury auto – provided it wasn’t a significant premium over the standard engine. Lexus ES300h manages to offer the hybrid for just a few thousand more than the standard.