The Acura TLX made its debut as a refreshed, beakless 2018 model earlier this month at the New York auto show, but regular sedans aren’t good enough for the rapidly growing China market. Consumers there demand an extra helping of rear-seat legroom. So Acura announced an elongated prototype of its middle child this week at the Shanghai auto show: the TLX-L.
This isn’t the first product that Acura has produced specifically for China. The CDX, derived from the Honda HR-V, made its debut last year and became the company’s first locally produced vehicle. The car shown here is a prototype, but Acura has confirmed that the TLX-L will go on sale later this year, becoming its second vehicle to be produced and sold exclusively in China.
The TLX-L has an elongated wheelbase to create more space for rear-seat passengers. Acura did not release any details about how much larger or longer the car is. The new proportions, however, do seem to work better than those of the regular TLX (shown below), which is built and sold here in the United States. The majority of the stretch on the TLX-L appears to be between the B- and C-pillars, and the rear doors are elongated. Expect the final product to look extremely similar to this preproduction mockup, which is to say, not bad at all.