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2014 Acura RLX debuts at L.A. Auto Show

By Frederick Olson, Automotive Contributor
Published On: Nov 28 2012 01:49:30 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 28 2012 02:11:30 PM CST
2014 Acura RLX

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2014 Acura RLX

LOS ANGELES -

Acura showed off its all-new flagship sedan Wednesday at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2014 Acura RLX replaces the old RL with an exterior that draws cues from other recent Acura sedans, like the ILX and TSX.

For a flagship vehicle like this, the best parts of the car are on the inside.  There, leather and wood cover most surfaces.

The center console features two screens: an 8-inch screen for navigation, and a 7-inch screen to access functions like the radio, air conditioning and voice-to-text features.

The interior also has a standard 10-speaker audio system, which can be upgraded to a 14-speaker system.  There’s also a sunroof and three-zone automatic climate control.

Don't let all that luxury make you think the new RLX is just another luxury barge. "The RLX embodies the Acura commitment to create vehicles with outstanding handling that truly respond to the will of the driver," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales.

That performance starts with an all-new 3.5-liter direct injection V-6 engine that generates 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque.  Handling all that power is a new all-wheel-drive system which moves the rear wheels as well as the front wheels when changing lanes or making a tight turn.

Other handling and safety features include a lane-departure warning system, forward collision warning system and adaptive cruise control.

Lighting the way forward is a new array of LED headlights that Acura says helps drivers see clearer and farther in the dark.

The big new Acura will go on sale in the spring of 2013.