Acura has announced that the updated 2018 Acura TLX is going to start arriving in showrooms next month and pricing will start at $33,950. One of the biggest reasons that buyers stayed away from the TLX is because of its styling and thankfully Acura has officially away from that controversial beak.

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The 2018 Acura TLX’s biggest update is its new, less controversial face.”

From the front the 2018 TLX gets a restyled new face, which is inspired by the Acura Precision Concept and is highlighted by a new diamond pentagon grille with a more sharply sculpted hood and front fenders. Acura’s signature 5-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights and new alloy wheel designs complete the distinctive, athletic and aggressive character of the TLX.

At the rear all TLX V6 models get a new rear diffuser with exposed dual-exhaust outlets; while the Technology Package adds a chrome side sill garnish, leather seats with high-contrast stitching and piping, and a power-operated driver’s seat thigh extension.

The TLX V6 Advance Package gains new, premium features including trapezoidal LED fog lights, a Surround View camera system, built-in wireless charging pad, white LED ambient interior light piping, a heated steering wheel and rear outboard seats, power-folding side mirrors, and a new body-colored decklid spoiler.

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Lastly an the 2018 TLX now offers the new V6 A-Spec, which adds more “sport” to the equation inside and out, along with key enhancements to chassis tuning. The TLX A-Spec gets unique styling with a matte-black diamond pentagon grille with dark chrome surround, an aggressive lower front fascia with broad center air opening flanked by round LED fog lights, and a dark appearance for the Jewel Eye LED headlights. A-Spec exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels finished in Shark Gray paint are shod with 245-series tires. The A-Spec exterior also gets a gloss-black decklid spoiler, “smoked” LED taillights, and an exclusive fascia featuring a lower diffuser accented by 4-inch round dual exhaust finishers.

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Inside, the TLX A-Spec features more aggressively bolstered front seats with high-contrast stitching and piping; red LED ambient light piping; red driver’s meter highlights; black headliner and pillar treatment; brushed aluminum-look instrument panel garnish; and an exclusive, thick-rimmed steering wheel with A-Spec badging.

The TLX A-Spec will be the sportier choice on the road with its retuned electric power steering system and damper settings. A-Spec models equipped with SH-AWD also get a quicker steering ratio, a stiffer spring rate and a rear stabilizer bar.

The 2018 Acura TLX continues to be offered with two powertrains: a 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower four-cylinder mated to an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission and a 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional on the V6 model.

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