On June 2, Acura launched their 2016 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD in the US.
The RLX is Acuraâ€™s version of the all-new Honda Legend and is the luxury brandâ€™s top-of-the-line saloon. The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD premiered as its hybrid model back in November 2013 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The RLX Hybrid is equipped with Hondaâ€™s exclusive high-performance hybrid system, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. The Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is a hybrid system consisting of three motors including an in-wheel motor in addition to its motors that assist the engine. It incorporates technology from the next-generation NSX.
The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD combines three motors to its 3.5-liter V6 gasoline i-VTEC engine, generating 377hp of total output. The 3.5-liter engine produces 310hp of maximum output while 37hp are generated from each of the two motors at the back and 48hp from the front. It comes with a new 7-speed dual clutch transmission connected to the front motor. The front motor controls the front wheels and operates as regenerative brakes at low speeds. It comes equipped with lithium-ion for its secondary battery.
The 2016 models that were launched on June 2 in the US are all standardized with Acuraâ€™s leading safety technology, AcuraWatch. Acura has also added a surround view camera, a newly developed keyless remote starter, and a heated steering wheel on all models.
(Translated by Travis Yamabata)