Concept to Reality – Acura TLX Prototype vs. TLX GT Racer vs Real 2015 TLX Production Car



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Updated June 18, 2014

Yes, yes — the real TLX is out already so this preview concept is not very relevant anymore.

But it is very attractive and desirable, in a way that bodes really well for the upcoming production TLX as a 2015 model from Acura.

We have compared the two in detail (prototype versus real thing) and the sheetmetal is (almost) all shared between the two road cars. The shaping of the rear fender strake in profile is less artful in the production model.

The TLX GT takes a wide-body fender treatment and has pronounced air vent cut-outs behind the front wheels, plus a far lower ride height. But the overall details are constant for all three.

The biggest changes from the TLX Prototype to the TLX production car involve the below items:

– side mirrors not spindle-mounted with LEDs in metal section

– production car lacks tinted glass of the prototype

– lower sills and bumpers front/rear are much more aggressive than the production models we have seen so far.

Besides that — they are one any the same! Bring on the real 2015 TLX…!

 

Keep reading below to learn all the details of this trio of hot Acura TLX models — one of which is coming to anacura dealership near you by late Summer 2014 or early Fall 2014.

 

Concept to Reality – Acura TLX Prototype vs. TLX GT Racer vs Real 2015 TLX Production Car

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NOSE COMPARISON

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2015 Acura TLX Production Car

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2015 Acura TLX Prototype

2015 Acura TLX Prototype

The 2015 TLX concepts from the Detroit show are packing huge advancements under that newly-stylish profile. In fact, this front or AWD sedan is on the bleeding edge of technology across all Honda and Acura models. How?

—  New eight-speed twin-clutch automatic for the 2.4-liter

—  New nine-speed torque converter auto for the 3.6-liter V6

Certainly raised my eyebrows, in a good way!

The 2015 Acura TLX Prototype

As does the styling. Despite sharing many family traits with terminal RLX sedan, the TLX prototype is really quite handsome. The once-controversial grille has even evolved into a much more cohesive and attractive shape.

Organic flow replaces the previous sheer surface of the TSX and TL grilles, while the entire lower bumper area is totally new. Smooth forms of painted areas line the lower grille and outer bumper edges, but the style is designed to emphasize the real party piece:

The LED lamps are a real treat on Acura’s newest models – and the TLX prototypes are no exception.

They are unique and very classy on the road, without any of the bounce glare that can make BMW’s latest active headlights a bit too eye-catching on city streets. The LEDs themselves are angled in a flowing shape, providing consistent and pure light spread that is at or above HID lighting output.

So the real question is: which parts of the TLX prototypes will make it to the real cars when they arrival later in 2014?

If I were a betting man, I would count on these exact dimensions and powertrains — especially the transmissions — which are key to staying competitive with Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and the new BMW 320i.

Lightly toned down wheels, mirrors and trims are also a general Honda concept-àreality step, and seem likely here.

Overall, Hooray Acura!

The TLX really seems like it might be competitive in this hot executive compact segment. By replacing both previous sedans, the TLX in (the expected) four-cylinder twin-clutch spec or the V6 AWD and its nine-speed: things are looking up for Acura this year.

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Design Comparisons – Acura TLX Prototype vs. TLX GT Racer vs Real 2015 TLX Production Car

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