2021 Acura TLX doubles down on handling hardware ahead of debut

Acura will unveil a new generation of its TLX on May 28, and to build excitement the automaker has released a teaser video, photos, and some tidbits about the sport sedan’s suspension and chassis.

On Tuesday, Acura confirmed that the new TLX will be its best-handling and most well-appointed sport sedan yet, and that the Type S version will be the quickest, too. An Acura-exclusive platform will make the increased performance possible. It is built with high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel for improved rigidity, and features a double-wishbone front suspension instead of the more pedestrian (and simpler) MacPherson strut setup. Acura says the double-wishbone suspension allows for more precise control of wheel camber, caster and toe angles, and maximizes tire contact. A double-wishbone front suspension was last used on the TL in 2014. A five-link independent rear suspension will also help improve the new TLX’s handling.

The teaser shots and video is of the TLX Type S, a new performance variant to sit at the top of the redesigned TLX family.

Teaser for 2021 Acura TLX Type S debuting on May 28, 2020

Teaser for 2021 Acura TLX Type S debuting on May 28, 2020

We know the car is the Type S because of the “Type S” badge on the trunk lid. The quad-exhaust tips also match the design seen on early test mules for the car, and the “SH-AWD” badge confirms that all-wheel drive will be included.

Acura Type S logo

Acura Type S logo

Acura first announced the return of its Type S performance badge two years ago and confirmed at the time that a turbocharged V-6 will power the cars wearing the badge. The V-6 is a newly developed 3.0-liter unit.

As for styling, Acura’s Type S concept from 2019 points the way. The new teaser, together with our own spy shots of protoypes, suggest that the concept’s striking design has been faithfully transferred over for production.

Acura Type S Concept

Acura Type S Concept

The redesigned TLX is expected to reach dealerships late this year. It will arrive as a 2021 model. Acura hasn’t said whether the TLX Type S will be available at launch or later on.

Stay tuned.

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