2018 Acura RLX comes in prior to Monterey introduction image

The Japanese luxury automaker has decided to thoroughly update its RLX sedan for the 2018 model year, and also host its world debut during the Monterey events – though interested fans will then have to wait until November to snatch one from the dealership.

Styling wise, the 2018 RLX falls in line with the recently upgraded TLX and has taken as its inspiration the Precision Concept, meaning we’re getting a pretty big makeover in terms of exterior design. The make’s diamond pentagon grille is surrounded by a completely new look for the front end, while at the rear there are also new LED taillights as well as dual exhaust exits and a shiny black rear diffuser. With a complete new look, Acura fans might wait for something new under the hood as well – but this is simply a facelift, so the Japanese brand keeps using the traditional 3.5-liter V6 engine.

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It delivers 310 horsepower to the front wheels, with the powertrain’s novelty being the use of a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 RLX also comes with all-wheel steering, and the all-wheel drive setup is once more available inside the Sport Hybrid version, which has the same power level as last year – 377 horsepower thanks to the added oomph of two electric motors. The interior takes upgraded materials and redesigned seats, while the AcuraWatch suite is standard, with auto braking, lane departure warnings, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, as well as the Traffic Jam Assist, a semi-autonomous feature.