Acura RLX Hybrid Delayed Due to Technical Issues

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Aug 15, 2014

    As the sales decline on a monthly basis continues.

  • Boe_d Boe_d on Sep 23, 2014

    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.