Redesigned 2018 Acura TLX Spied Fully Exposed

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Spy photographers have managed to catch the redesigned 2018 Acura TLX without any camouflage.

The sedan was spied in Long Beach, California, while the Japanese automaker was doing official photo and video shoots, likely for promotional materials. As the next model in line to receive Acura’s new design language that first debuted on the 2017 MDX, you can see the 2018 Acura TLX will have slimmer jeweled headlights and the diamond pentagon grille, while the rear gets exhaust cutouts just like the MDX. More interestingly, one of the TLXes being shot on camera has a more aggressive front end, prominent round exhaust tips, and a subtle lip spoiler, suggesting that a performance-oriented model will join the lineup.

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Another model being rumored to join the lineup is a TLX Hybrid, likely sporting a hybrid powertrain borrowed from the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid.

Look for more information on the 2018 Acura TLX before it goes on sale this fall. Given the timing of the photoshoot, there’s a good chance that the 2018 Acura TLX will debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show next month. If it doesn’t, look for it at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

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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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  • Gordon Jay Gordon Jay on Mar 12, 2017

    The front end of a MDX and tail lights of a 5 year old TSX. Just because every Lexus model looks the same does it mean that it is a good idea. Acura needs to get a little edgier if they want to see the sales numbers of their sedans to stop declining - especially in light of the negative reviews the Acura brand has been getting from JD Power. My 2016 Acura RDX may be my last Acura.

  • KTH KTH on Apr 10, 2017

    I actually like the redesign. The new grill is much better than the previous beak and compared to other brands, Lexus, Infiniti, etc., it seems all designers are going for a more aggressive grill, so Acura's redesign is aligned with others. Can't wait for the 2018 TLX to be released. Sharp looking car.