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Acura turns to hybrid drivetrain for new RLX flagship sedan (pictures)

Acura develops a complex and unique hybrid drivetrain for its RLX sedan in an attempt to compete in the luxury market.

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Acura adds the Sport Hybrid to its RLX lineup, a car featuring a unique hybrid system and all-wheel drive.
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As in the standard RLX, the RLX Sport Hybrid comes standard with LED headlights, which boast a 10,000-hour operating life.
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The grille, with its trapezoidal shape, shows the signature Acura look.
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Although not overly large, the RLX Sport Hybrid features a very roomy cabin.
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Acura hides the exhaust tips behind the rear fascia.
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The RLX Sport Hybrid marks Acura's second hybrid model, after the smaller ILX Hybrid.
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Under the hood sits a 3.5-liter transverse-mounted V-6 engine, using direct injection to generate 310 horsepower.
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Almost visible here between the rear wheels sits the twin-motor unit, a casing with two 27 kilowatt motors powering each rear wheel independently.
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A 1.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery sits behind the rear seats, and intrudes into the trunk space.
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With comfortable leather seating and wood trim, the RLX Sport Hybrid makes a bid for the luxury segment.
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The architecture of the car allows plenty of legroom in back.
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Infotainment, including a navigation system, come standard in the RLX Sport Hybrid.
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The center stack holds two displays and a dial controller, an over-complicated cabin tech interface.

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