The new Honda TLX prototype model has been unveiled at the Detroit auto show. This new model is set to replace the TSX and TL existing models when it is launched in late 2014. The TLX has a sharper style aesthetic which is evolved from the 2012 ILX small sedan. However, many Australian car enthusiasts are wondering how this will affect the range available here.
The styling of the new TLX appears to be a compromise between the TSX and TL existing models. The new TLX is going to be shorter than the TL, which is the biggest of the two existing models. However, it will still use the same 2776mm wheel base, which should provide comparable space for the vehicle interior. This exterior size change means that the TLX appears shorter and a sportier model. It features an overhang for both ends, with a wider lower build than previously seen.
The showcased prototype concept TLX has stylistic door mirrors which use a very design focused template. The prototype model also has 20 inch alloy wheels. Both of these components may well not make it into the production model, However, experts speculate that the production model TLX will largely appear the same aesthetically.
Mechanically, the production model will be offered in a 2.4 litre and 3.5 litre petrol engine. This is likely to be from the new Earth Dreams Honda range. The smaller engine is likely to be paired with a dual clutch eight speed automatic transmission. The larger engine is to be complemented with the ZF automatic nine speed transmission. It is also expected that the All Wheel Drive super handling system will be offered, though it is likely to be exclusive to the 3.5 litre V6 models.
All of these elements, look extremely attractive, but the question is whether it will be available on the Australian market. The Acura brand is generally unavailable to buyers in Australia, However, since the current TSX model is branded as the Honda Accord Euro, both here and in Europe, there is a possibility that the same arrangement may be available with the TLX.
This is likely to be dependent on the production plan for a right hand drive. This is an element, which has yet to receive any comment from Honda and Acura. However, since the improved quality of the new Accord sedan seen in Australia has been very well received, it is likely that any right hand drive model of the TLX will provide a Honda Accord Euro in the UK. It is likely that before an Australian launch, Honda would need to ensure that the sales of the regular model Accord would not be compromised.
Production capacity may also be a factor for consideration, since the current model of Honda Accord Euro is produced in Japan but the new TLX is scheduled to be exclusively built in the Honda facility in Ohio, US.
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