Mysterious Acura TLX Mule Has Us Scratching Our Heads

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

A mysterious Acura TLX based test mule has been spotted by our spy photographers, but it’s not entirely clear what Acura has planned for the odd-looking prototype.

This TLX mule looks mostly like your standard run-of-the-mill TLX, apart from the camouflage covering its front end and widened rear fender flares. Interestingly, this same mule was spied testing by Jalopnik earlier this year, where it appeared alongside an Acura NSX and Mercedes-AMG E63 S in Malibu near some of the USA’s best driving roads. This led to speculation that it could be testing a rear-wheel drive platform or some other type of performance-oriented setup, but it could just as likely be a facelifted version of the TLX.

The test mule also appears quite a bit longer than the current TLX thanks to an elongated front end. It’s hard to say if this is a structural change, which may be evidence of a new platform, or if it’s simply related to the vehicle’s new nose.

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Our spy photographer says the TLX mule’s interior was all-new and featured a new type of “floating” infotainment screen. This makes sense, as just about all of Acura’s luxury competitors have adopted the floating digital center stack display.

We’ll provide more information on this mysterious Acura test mule as soon as we have it. For now, feel free to let us know what you think it could be in the comments below.

Discuss this story on our Acura TLX Forum.

Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Rocket Rocket on Jun 08, 2018

    Type-S with the all new V6 turbo.

  • K03sport K03sport on Jun 11, 2018

    actually, they are testing out what fake exhaust vents would look like and apply those details to the next model because people like shiny rectangles more than stainless steel circles - proven by the latest release of a lot of new vehicles with fake exhaust tips. TLX Type-R?