Acura’s midsize TLX looks to be the next model to get the brand’s new face, according to new spy shots out of California.
The 2018 version of the front-wheel-drive sport sedan was caught during a commercial shoot wearing Acura’s new grille that debuted on the freshened MDX crossover last year.
In addition to ditching the beak grille, the updated TLX picks up styling cues from the Precision Concept that Acura showed off at the 2016 Detroit auto show, including slimmer headlights and a sharp crease running down the center of the hood.
Based on the photos, Acura could be planning a performance variant of the TLX -- a move in line with the brand’s desire to wring more performance out of its models. One of the white cars caught has discreet badging on the trunk and front fender, as well as more aggressive front and rear bumpers, trunk lip spoiler, blacked-out alloy wheels and large round exhaust tips.
The upgrades are expected to be the bolt-on type only and similar to the A-Spec option on the smaller ILX sedan; no significant powertrain upgrades are likely.
Regular trim TLX models could also get visual cues setting the base four-cylinder model apart from the V-6 version. A new hybrid TLX that uses the current Honda Accord Hybrid’s two-motor hybrid system could also debut.
The 2018 TLX is expected to be introduced in the near future, possibly at either the Chicago or New York auto shows and go on sale later this year.