The RDX takes its design cues from the 2016 Precision Concept shown at the Detroit auto show. Last week, Acura teased an image of its Type-S Concept that will be fully revealed at Monterey Car Week in mid-August. Both concepts foreshadow the future of Acura's next-generation vehicles and performance variants.
ILX: Acura's entry-level sedan dates to the 2013 model year when it arrived on a platform shared by the last-generation Honda Civic. The compact's last freshening — for the 2019 model year — updated the styling with the new corporate diamond pentagon grille and a lower price. The A-Spec trim has added some visual verve but no more horsepower. The recent freshening means that the second-generation ILX likely won't arrive until the 2021 model year. The new ILX is expected to be sharply different in every way, with a turbocharged engine, bolder design language and more premium materials.
TLX: The midsize sedan was introduced as a 2015 model, which makes it ripe for a redesign. Dealers and customers, however, are going to have to wait a little longer. Acura is starting to deliver special editions of the carryover 2020 TLX, which are built at the automaker's Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio that makes the NSX supercar. The TLX PMC Edition in Valencia Red Pearl paint will be a swan song for the current generation, as its replacement should be announced soon. Expect more powerful engines and design cues from Acura's concept vehicles. Expect a TLX Type-S variant in 2020 or 2021.
RLX: Acura's flagship sedan has been allowed to drift off into irrelevance in recent years. The first generation dates to the 2014 model year. Efforts to keep the RLX fresh, including the addition of the diamond pentagon grille for the 2018 model year, haven't been enough to keep consumers interested. Monthly sales are averaging just over 100 units so far this year, and there's been little chatter about the car's future. At some point, it will likely be discontinued.
RDX: The third generation of the popular crossover debuted last year as the first of the redesigned models to define Acura's new direction for performance and luxury. It quickly set a sales record, and continues near the top of the luxury compact crossover segment this year. The 2020 model is a carryover, and a freshening is likely for the 2022 model year.
MDX: The crossover hasn't been redesigned since the 2014 model year, although it received a freshening for 2019 that included the addition of an A-Spec appearance package. It carries over into 2020 but a redesign is likely to be rolled out soon. Like the TLX, the current MDX is also getting a special PMC Edition from the Performance Manufacturing Center. Styling for the next generation shouldn't wander too far from that of the RDX.
NSX: The second-generation supercar emerged for 2017 after years of promises by Acura and a long wait. It received some minor exterior changes and a special orange paint for 2019. The low-volume vehicle is likely to receive new colors, special editions and small changes for several years before there is any talk of a third generation. Speculation in auto forums is that the NSX is overdue for a high-performance edition. The last generation of the NSX included a Type-R variant designed for track use. Given Acura's racing heritage, a hotter NSX Type-R is likely coming sooner than later.