Acura TLX much more than rebadged Accord

With an all-new body and chassis design, Acura says the TLX is the most dynamically advanced vehicle it has ever produced. Photo credit: REUTERS

UPDATED: 4/19/14 7:41 am ET - corrects engine reference

An earlier version of this story had the incorrect figure for the Accord's engine horsepower. It has 189 horsepower. Also, an updated version of this story incorrectly referenced whether there is direct injection on the TLX base engine. There is direct injection.

 NEW YORK -- Acura unveiled today the production version of its redesigned 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan, a car that will replace the TL and TSX sedans in its U.S. lineup.

For those who say the TLX is little more than a rebadged Accord, Acura is challenging that contention with powertrains that are distinctly different than those used in its Honda cousin.

On their face, the base engines in the TLX and Accord are both 2.4-liter four-bangers. But the TLX mill has higher compression ratios, a two-stage intake and a modified exhaust.

Compared to the Accord’s 189 hp, the TLX generates 206 hp. It’s 1.5 seconds quicker in zero-to-60 than the outgoing TSX.

Meanwhile, the TLX's 290 hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is shared with the MDX and RLX, and gets 5 mpg better highway fuel economy than the outgoing TL.

Acura is counting on the TLX sport sedan to help reverse a slide in its car sales. The luxury brand's U.S. passenger car deliveries skidded 10 percent last year, and have dropped 23 percent this year through March.

It goes on sale later this year, with pricing expected to be released closer to launch.

You can reach Mark Rechtin at mrechtin@crain.com -- Follow Mark on Twitter: @markrechtin

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