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RSS Detroit: 2015 Acura TLX driving to be a 'red carpet athlete' [w/video]

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Herein lies the broom that will sweep away both the TL and the TSX, and its name is the Acura TLX Prototype. Proposed as a "red carpet athlete," the production midsize TLX will slot in between the ILX and RLX range-topper in the brand's sedan lineup while presenting its take on "luxury refinement and sports-sedan athleticism with exhilarating performance."

Custom five-spoke alloys on low-profile tires support a sedan full of design cues honed on other Acura models, including a chiseled hood and exaggerated fender lines with shorter overhangs (the TLX is 3.8 inches shorter than but has the same wheelbase as the TL), all draped in Athletic Red Pearl paintwork. Acura's Jewel Eye headlights get a supporting act from the side mirrors, where a strip of LEDs light up dynamically when the turn signal is used.

The TLX's upscale powertrain option will be a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 with cylinder deactivation, paired with a new nine-speed automatic.

When it goes on sale later this year, the TLX's base powertrain choice will be a brand-new, direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder shifted through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Oddly, said gearbox will include a torque converter, but it isn't immediately clear how this traditional slushbox feature is integrated, or why. We've asked Acura for more engineering details and will let you know when we hear more.

The TLX's upscale powertrain option will be a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 with cylinder deactivation, paired with a new nine-speed automatic. The front-wheel-drive car will get directional help from Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) system, while the 3.5-liter can be had with a lighter, reprogrammed version of the company's Super-Handling All Wheel Drive.

It looks like both driveline options come equipped with an Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) that has four driving modes (Economy, Normal, Sport and Sport+) that will alter steering and throttle response, transmission shift points, driveline control logic, Active Noise Control and, in Economy mode, even the heating and ventilation settings.

There's a press release below with more details on this most important addition to the Acura lineup, and you can also watch the just-completed reveal on video as well. We'll bring you more details and live images from the Detroit Auto Show floor.

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