New spy photos suggest that Acura's midsize TLX will be the next model to get the brand's new face.
The 2018 version of the front-wheel-drive sport sedan was caught during a commercial shoot in California wearing the grille that debuted last year on the freshened MDX crossover.
In addition to ditching the beak grille, the updated TLX picks up styling cues from the Precision Concept that Acura unveiled 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 from its lineup. 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 2018 TLX is expected to be introduced soon, possibly in February at the Chicago Auto Show or in April at the New York auto show, and go on sale this year.