Honda officials said that at the 2012 Los Angeles Motor Show in November, Acura will reveal the production version of the 2014 Acura RLX sedan. We had the opportunity to see the models for the first time in April at the New York Auto Show, as a concept. Apparently, the highlight of the RLX package is the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD developed by Honda. This new feature is actually essential in a through-the-road electric all-wheel drive system. To be more precise, this new system offers three individual motors and has a combined output of 370 horsepower.
Most of the power comes from a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine. Back in April, the carmaker suggested they will offer a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for the new Acura RLX, but now we are not so sure about that. Rumors also say that a front-wheel drive version of the RLX will also be developed. This will be capable of developing 310 horsepower and will have a fuel consumption of 30 mpg both in the city and highway cycles. Honda plans to introduce an all-new fuel cell electric model in Japan, Europe and North American markets in 2015. These models will offer as an idea of the technological advancements and cost reduction Honda has accomplished. This is not all.
The carmaker will also introduce its Earth Dreams Technology in the next years with the introduction of three new hybrid systems that have as base the one-motor, two-motor and three-motor hybrid configurations. Honda will try to obtain best fuel economy among all hybrid vehicles by improving the efficiency of regenerative energy recovery. A two-motor hybrid Accord will be introduced in on the North American market at the beginning of next year. These are all the details the carmaker provided so far on the new Acura RLX sedan.
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