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Old 07-18-2018, 09:23 PM
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Shouldn't the 4th gen be out next year?

RLX should trickle down to the rest of the lineup being it's the most expensive, but since RLX sells the least it's going to get the new interior roll-out last?
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Old 07-19-2018, 10:21 AM
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My bet is 2020 model year, not 2019 model year.

But that's just a guess. :-)
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:42 PM
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2019 RLX is on the Honda Service Repair Website now, and I believe its the same as the 2018.

No Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto, and everything shows that the Infotainment System to be exactly the same........
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^ Not good . . . . . if nothing else, it will help me keep money in my bank account. I'll just keep waiting for the "real" update, if it comes!
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:06 AM
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Oh, and, ummm, technically, it'd be 6G.

1G = 1985-1990 (KA1-KA6)

2G = 1990-1995 (KA7-KA8)

3G = 1995-2004 (KA9)

4G = 2004-2008 (KB1) & 2008-2012 (KB2)

5G = 2013-2020 (KC1-KC2).
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Old 07-21-2018, 10:23 AM
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The 4.5G (2008-2012 KB2) indicates to me, unfortunately, that Honda are very capable of carrying on an antiquated idea for too long, way past the time it makes sense any longer.

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I think the unexpectedly long life of the 4G RL was due to Honda/Acura needing more time to perfect the new Sport Hybrid system. They finally gave up waiting and rushed to release the PAWS version of the RLX just so they could release something new and that decision would later come back to haunt them. If I recall correctly, the same type of delay occurred with the development of the traditional SHAWD's debut in the '05 RL which is why the 3.5RL was pretty much left to "die on the vine" for a year or two at the end of it's cycle.

Acura had wasted a lot of time and effort pre-2008 on a "top tier" V10 power unit that would once and for all end the "you can't make a true luxury car with only a V6" noise coming from the automotive press. After the big crash of 2008 happened, the Sports Hybrid concept won out over the "top tier" idea as a better long term plan. I agree 100% that that was the correct decision, it just really put them behind in development time thus pushing back their new model cycle. The Sport Hybrid system is very sophisticated and Acura made the right choice in delaying it's introduction until it was ready.

I have no doubt that the next RLX/WLX/Legend will introduce Acura's latest technological masterpiece, but I also have no doubt that Acura will test and retest the new tech until it is truly ready which MAY lead to yet another delay in the model release cycle.

My hope is that, as with SHAWD and Sport Hybrid technology, good things are worth waiting for.

Just my two cents.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:05 AM
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[QUOTE=hondamore;16268231...more time to perfect the new Sport Hybrid system.[/QUOTE]

Is it perfect? :-)

I don't think it'll be perfect until the main drive is accomplished with the electric motors, and the ICE is usually engaged only to charge the batteries. :-)

As our KC2 are designed, there can be an annoying delay in the engagement of full power when you need it the most. That is to say, when you don't have time to push the Sport Mode button because you are responding to an immediacy.
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"Perfect" was a poor choice of words on my part. "Reach Acura's standard of acceptable levels of performance and reliability" may have been better.

I'm sure that Acura/Honda are currently testing and tweaking their latest technological marvel in order to reach their standard of acceptable levels of performance and reliability prior to unveiling it in the new flagship sedan. How long they need to achieve this standard is anybody's guess.

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I still liked the KB1 during its time. Yeah, I'm weird that way, but .
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I still liked the KB1 during its time. Yeah, I'm weird that way, but .
The first KB1 was a huge leap forward. They kept it look long, though, stopped improving on the idea.

I don't know if I'll be able to find the video, but Ichishima made a review and speech, and showed the car driving around on track. He was very impressed and thought it was awesome for such a big car.

The KB1 was his personal driving car for quite some time.
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Arrow AutoNews Says 2020


http://www.autonews.com/article/2018...180729802/1128

RLX: Acura’s freshened luxury flagship arrived in showrooms in November with new front and rear styling that Acura says is inspired by its new design direction and its signature diamond pentagon grille. The large sedan is touted as the most powerful Acura outside of the NSX supercar. Acura says the RLX comes with a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, redesigned LED taillights, exposed dual exhaust finishers and gloss black rear diffuser. A redesign is expected for the 2020 model year.

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