One of the most explored options in car industry is to make hybrid from a vehicle and not to ruin its performances. Design is improved, so we have sporty hybrids, and technology is also making steps. The 2015 Acura RLX will be latest innovation it this segment. Sedan, available in front- and all-wheel drive will be one of the best try to make hybrid near regular petrol engine with performance and its fuel economy.
2015 Acura RLX engine
The 2015 Acura RLX Sedan will use three electric motors and a battery pack with 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 petrol engine. Non-hybrid RLX use only petrol engine with front-wheel drive system. On the other side, rear wheels are driven from two electric motors, and third is used for electricity generation. Wheels will be powered through 7-speed automatic transmission. Except hybrid and non-hybrid, we will have RLX Sport Hybrid model. This one won’t be plug-in. Sport version SH-AWD will be powered from same V6 as the front-drive model with batteries and electric motors. With that combination, it is expected from Sport Hybrid to have better fuel consumption than regular P-AWS version.
2015 Acura RLX – performance and fuel economy
Front-wheel drive 2015 Acura RLX AWD hybrid will have excellent outputs from 3.5-liter V6. This one will be capable to deliver 377 hp. Just for comparison, petrol engine FWD engine will have 310 hp. Also, 2015 RLX powered with petrol engine has fuel economy of 24 mpg. For Sport Hybrid models is expected to receive a boost of 25 percent and that would make 30 mpg EPA estimated consumption. Models with electric motors will allow torque vectoring on the rear axle, which will make handling of the Acura RLX better, even with more power than the other hybrids on the market. Cornering will be also easy. Also, while braking after high speeds, rear wheels will steer inward to increase stability, which will further shorten braking distance.
2015 Acura RLX competition
Main competitors of the 2015 RLX will be German representatives from Audi’s Quattro and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive systems. It is expected from this mid-size sedan to debut at Los Angeles Car Show in November.
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