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Test drive 2015 Acura TLX: engineers against marketers

Test drive 2015 Acura TLX: engineers against marketers

Acura – is the premium division of Honda. Cars of this brand to the most innovative technological solutions company in the first place. 2015 Acura TLX is the heir Acura TL, which fans of the Honda Accord called correctly. By the way, in the US seventh and eighth European Accord called Acura TSX. On the ninth generation of this discrepancy corrected – we became an American version of the Accord sold.

Test drive 2015 Acura TLX: engineers against marketers

And if the “Seven” was an ideological rival Mazda 6, the US Accord his main opponent saw a Toyota Camry. Against this background, to put it mildly, not the most stylish cars, Acura TL looked like a top model on the catwalk.

However, before the next restyling. It’s just unbelievable how Honda designers were able to spoil a masterpiece of stylish and clear lines. But it seems that the market said his “fairy” in the form of lower sales and Honda had no choice as to strain every nerve and produce radical new car.

The design of the new 2015 Acura TLX feels the continuity of the previous generation. It’s practically the same “right chord”, only with more fashionable optics.

Headlights with five lenses diodes, beautiful lights and on the rear fenders give the image of 2015 Acura TLX swiftness and sportiness. The machine does not look heavy, unlike the Camry or Accord. The only thing that is puzzling and even alarming – is shamefully hidden exhaust pipes. Why is the catch? My first thought – again tricks marketers lack of pipe is characterized more for “good” low-powered cars. Those are what we call vegetables. Look at this magnificent stern Acura TL in version Type-S! The twin pipe exhaust pipes add style and aggression. But we have to test with a top 2015 Acura TLX engine 3.5-liter and 9-speed (!) Machine.

Model 2015 Acura TLX is available with two engines and two brand new transmissions. A simpler version with a 2.4-liter engine family K24W7 Earth Dreams. It is based on motor K24W1, which are equipped with American Chords. Both engines and direct fuel injection mechanism is infinitely variable valve timing. The only difference is in the degree of compression and control program. Acura’s powerful engine – 208 hp, 247 N • m instead of 180 forces and 228 N • m (in chords), complies with Euro-5 and is designed for gasoline AI-95.

Test drive 2015 Acura TLX: engineers against marketers

This motor is put a brand new 8-speed transmission with two clutches. For the first time in this kind of boxes Japanese system combined with dual-clutch torque converter, that is, in fact combined all that is best in both types of transmission – switching speed and comfort of work.

Versions with V6 3.5 liter engine put a 9-speed automatic from ZF-wheel drive transmission and SH-AWD. The power of this series of Earth Dreams engine is 290 horsepower. This is slightly less than 305 forces that were in the previous Acura TL 3.7, but the new engine more economical and allows you to disable up to three cylinders at partial loads.

On 2015 Acura TLX installed an upgraded all-wheel drive SH-AWD. It does not have a center differential: the torque from the box via a hypoid enters the propeller shaft, which is connected to the rear axle through another “gipoid.” It increases, that is, provides a “acceleration” rear wheels relative to the front. Rear spindles are driven by their own planetary transmission, whose work is controlled clutch packs – the degree of lock depends on the distribution of traction between the rear wheels. SH-AWD system from 2015 Acura TLX has a higher preset “acceleration” rear wheels – 2.7% instead of 1.7 previously. When fully clamped frictionally both axle to the rear wheels can be transmitted to 70% of the time. Instead of electromagnetic actuators couplings – hydraulic. Friction losses are reduced, and the entire unit by a quarter lighter than before.

Test drive 2015 Acura TLX: engineers against marketers

So, sporty design, brand new box, upgraded engines – all this makes one believe in the fact that Honda really started to be transformed. Subconsciously you expected from the interior of revolutionary change, as it was with “Space» Civic eighth-generation. But the reality is painfully hits the hopes and high expectations. We spent a “corridor” Testing took 5 people familiar with the products of the company Honda and put them into the cabin of the new 2015 Acura TLX.

Such was the first reaction. Salon 2015 Acura TLX virtually unchanged migrated with long commercially available crossover MDX. On the one hand, it looks good, made with high quality and the ergonomics obvious punctures are not observed. But what it is called the “premium”, either, not to mention the notorious “wow factor.” Too much for Athos (Accord), but too small for the Comte de la Fere.

Instead sportsedan you get into the cozy living room with large sofas with soft, light skin and furniture from Ikea. The 2015 Acura TLX comes what is called cognitive dissonance – the exterior and interior are not in harmony with each other. Although now it becomes clear why hidden exhaust pipes – this Akura alien aggression.

In the course of a sense of calm only a pet increases. Underlined smooth response to pressing the accelerator pedal, good insulation of the engine compartment, a comfortable long-travel suspension, allowing a small buildup on the waves of asphalt. Nine-automatic mode in the city support the engine speed in the range of 1500-2000, quite smoothly changes the transmission and virtually no tupit. 2015 Acura TLX does not like to provocations on the right pedal and begins to actively start to push the pedal only when more than half.

Test drive 2015 Acura TLX: engineers against marketers

At every traffic light turn on the system start-stop, and nothing breaks the silence, except for the rustle of the climate system. And at partial loads electronics off the “extra” cylinders. As a result, when driving through the city can invest in 12 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers. But if you ask to go as smoothly and then the numbers will be even less.

Consumption figures in the picture really is possible and this is not photoshop. We just need to turn on the Eco, go to the right lane and very gently press the pedal “gas”. As a result, the 40-kilometer journey on a weekday from the city center to the outskirts and back can be really economical.

During operation mode selection button car responds IDS (Integrated Dynamic System). Changing the response to pressing the accelerator pedal, the work of an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system. Normal and Sport + – are two different vehicle

In reality, the car quite a chase. Setting the motor, suspension, homely interior, extensive “American” seat without lateral support – in fact, it is the whole complex, which allows you to relax behind the wheel, so to go smoothly and economically. And if too relaxed, 2015 Acura TLX will tell you that you need to go more smoothly in the band, when you try to rebuild random. Acura even knows when to slow down to avoid a collision. Bright orange lights in the bottom of the windshield visible even peripheral vision.

Test drive 2015 Acura TLX: engineers against marketers

And if you’re staring at a beautiful long legs of the pedestrian, the 2015 Acura TLX itself is monitoring the situation and will warn in advance of a potential accident. Active Cruise Control enables all the way from Kiev to Odessa Do not touch the accelerator pedal foot. In short, in the car at first glance, everything is set up for comfort and relaxation.

Graphics media systems and speed of response are not up to modern standards.

In this regard, there are a few comments. The first – a multimedia system. Graphics come from games of the late 90’s, early 2000s. Yes, electronic gadgets in cars far behind today’s computers and smart phones, and this problem is apparent not only in Akure. But you can make the system more responsive? Polutorasekundnye delay clicking on-screen buttons start after some time annoying. Map without 3D projection, moving jerkily also adds “premium”.

And the sound of the audio system. No, no grunts and squeaks, even at high volume. But why such a cheap sound? All competitors even basic sound sounds a cut above, and only the optional Harman Kardon or Bose – heaven and earth.

Armchair I would still added adjustment of lateral support, and the electric motor in the steering wheel drive and height adjustment departure. In general, it is seen that “intererschiki” not strained.

For rear passengers are not very many amenities. Only the heated seats and a comfortable armrest. The driver of the growth of 190 cm gets “himself for a” resting his knees in the rigid back of the front seats.

As a result, most people first impressions of the car is very quiet. Wow Factor ends on the exterior, and then as the Honda Honda. But what about the “sport”, you ask? Where is the spark?

You will not believe, but it is only very deeply buried engineers under the pressure setting of comfort, smoothness and efficiency. Ardent greetings marketers! In order to unleash the full potential of the chassis, engine and transmission, we went to the racetrack SC Seagull.

The real dynamics of the vehicle pleasantly surprised. The test car 2015 Acura TLX showed better results passport indicators.

To start measured acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h. And then we had a surprise. Repeated measurements at Shell petrol Seagull – 6.7 seconds to hundreds. This is faster than 98% of cars in city traffic. With that, you can not turn off electronic collars. Simply translate the selector control mode “Sport +” and simply to press the gas to the floor. Everything else will make rapid-wheel drive and automatic. And what with the sound! 2015 Acura TLX of those machines, which sounds a lot better inside than outside.

Test drive 2015 Acura TLX: engineers against marketers

In cornering 2015 Acura TLX behaves remarkably collected, and SH-AWD system shifts the threshold speed input by 10-15 km / h upwards. And no understeer.

On the track, 2015 Acura TLX could surprise again. Firstly, very helpful manual transmission and paddle shifters. In Sport mode + machine with virtually no delays responding to the supply of fuel, and if not lowered below 4000 RPM, after each turn the car will literally shoot forward. Despite the comfortable suspension settings, the banks are small, there is a side swing, and comfortable suspension is only a plus in terms not of a quality cover racing ring. The machine perfectly swallows all the irregularities and jumps off the path. Cherry on the cake was all-wheel drive SH-AWD. It literally pushes the car into a turn.

See what a little fit in? Do not stop, just give greater gas – 2015 Acura TLX will understand that you need to throw more momentum in the loaded wheel, which will then be rotated slightly faster. Something like that I have met only on the Lancer Evolution, but here, in fact, a civilian sedan. When iterating at a rate sufficient to stamp on the brake and the car itself redistributes the braking forces and torque on wheels for the most effective “zarulivaniya” in turn. Speaking of brakes. If you do not go on the record, they are adequately cope with their tasks, in spite of a fairly simple two-piston design. For 5 rounds Seagulls I have not managed to overheat them.

It is a pity that the vast majority of drivers never did not know about this side of the light 2015 Acura TLX. The whole set of cool gadgets engineering in most cases, will remain unclaimed and will work most beautiful figures and graphs in the brochures. But you just have to refresh salon, make tighter suspension, steering a little sharper, meaner and setting the motor output. And put a normal exhaust pipes, in the end! But maybe all this will be in the version of Type-S, who knows?