Curious about the next-generation Acura TLX sedan? Check out the Type S concept that the brand is showing at Monterey Car Week, and you'll get the picture.
"The Type S concept sets the stage for re-introducing Type S performance variants to the Acura lineup after a decade hiatus, and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S," the company said in a statement.
Acura, which is harking back to its performance roots with edgier looks and go-fast parts, released images of the concept before its presentation at Monterey Car Week last week. The next-generation TLX is likely to be shown in the coming months for sale as a 2021 model.
The production car will have door handles — absent on the concept — along with larger side mirrors and an interior similar to the redesigned RDX crossover, which last year became the brand's first mainstream nameplate under the new design direction. Acura's remake began four years ago with the second-generation NSX supercar.
Acura designers say the concept already has many of the engineering details worked out, suggesting the production car won't be far off in terms of overall design. The concept will also heavily influence a second vehicle with the reborn Type S trim, although Acura hasn't said which one.
"The return of Type S is instrumental in our mission to return Acura to its performance roots," said Jon Ikeda, Acura brand officer.
More recently, Acura brought back A Spec appearance trims and introduced a new pentagon grille for all models. It also confirmed a new turbocharged six-cylinder engine is in the works for Type S models, excluding the low-volume NSX, which has a unique powertrain.
The Type S trims are seen as the bridge to link the exotic NSX to the brand's more attainable models. The "brand pyramid" consists of the NSX at the top, followed by Type S performance trims, A Spec appearance trims and regular models.