The New Acura RLX: Now This is Special
Now that the Acura is the No. 1 luxury brand sold in Manitoba, it’s time for a special treat. Meet the new Acura RLX.
“This is a very limited edition,” said Crown Acura general manager Kirk Cancilla. “There were no very many of these cars built. In fact, we’ve sold one and have one in the showroom and I would think we’ll only get two in the province of Manitoba.”
Kirk, a guy who has been in the automotive industry for 21 years has seen his share of special vehicles, but for the RLX, all he can say is: “It’s a gorgeous vehicle.”
The one RLX available is a hybrid with All-Wheel drive that is sticker- priced at $73,300. But in his review, Jim Robinson at wheels.ca pretty much salivates over this vehicle:
“Acura calls its flagship RLX Hybrid the most powerful sedan it has ever produced. With the mating of a 3.5-litre gasoline engine, three electric motors and a potent lithium-ion battery, this full-size premium sedan easily leaves others behind at the stoplight.
“But in real world terms, the ability to pass on the highway is (excuse the pun) electrifying. When the engine/motors come together, the RLX takes off, but what impresses is the linear feel as you are pressed back into the seat. You can almost sense the building of torque through the steering wheel.
“Officially called the 2015 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive) there’s quite a lot of thinking that went into the overall concept and design. Acura says the RLX Hybrid is part of its ‘Human Centered Approach’ or more simply, the blending of what a human can do to make life easier and what a machine can do to make life richer.
“If we take a little trip into Japanese culture, Acura wants the RLX to achieve two goals – Takaburi (exhilarating) and Inomama (at the will of the driver). Taking this one step further, the RLX SH-AWD Hybrid is aimed at providing V8-class performance (Takaburi) with four-cylinder fuel economy but not without the enjoyment of driving (Inomama).
“On the inside, the choice of materials was top drawer, especially the way the hues of the leathers and woods complimented each other.
“The only problem with the 2015 Acura RLX SH-AWD Hybrid is the brand hasn’t been hooting its horn about how much this luxury sedan has to offer.”
We’re tooting our horn now. Come on down to Crown Acura at 1700-B Waverley St and see for yourself. There is one in the showroom and Kirk Cancilla and his entire staff would love to show it to you.
The Dilawri Automotive Group
Founded in 1984 by Ashok Dilawri, the Dilawri Automotive Group has more than 400 employees and includes seven Winnipeg-based car dealerships. It also provides customers with the Waverly Auto Mall (WAM) Collision Center, a 24-bay glass, paint and auto body center; D-MAX, a 14-bay detailing center; and GAS Performance, a specialty aftermarket and performance accessory showroom with the largest inventory of custom wheels and tires in Winnipeg. The Dilawri Automotive Group has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.