The 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid interior serves as a "gracious host" for the driver and passengers, combining highly spacious five–passenger comfort with a higher level of luxury convenience and technology in an Acura flagship sedan. In the front seat area, a design concept called "dual personal structure" divides the space into areas centered on the driver and front passenger, complemented by a wide center stack and console that is easily accessible to each person. High-end premium elements, such as a carefully stitched leather instrument panel cover, soft-touch materials, premium finishes, and rich wood-grain accents, combine with an intuitive new control layout to create a distinctive environment in tune with this luxury performance sedan's sporting character.
Open the door with the standard Smart Entry system and you'll find more shoulder room, front and rear. Rear seat leg room has been increased a substantial 2.5-inches, moving the RLX to the head of its class in tandem seating distance. Heated 12-way adjustable (8-way power plus 4-way power lumbar support) front seats are standard, and offer all-day comfort along with abundant lateral support for aggressive cornering. Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are standard in the Advance grade. Rich, luxurious perforated and stain-resistant Milano leather seating is also standard.
Standard tri-zone climate control ensures passenger comfort throughout the cabin. All grades have a large center console that offers 5.8 liters of storage space, and features a padded armrest lid that slides fore and aft for greater comfort. The dual-hinged lid can be opened to the left or right, making access simple for either the driver or front-seat passenger. The glove box has a new electric release, and along with the audio, navigation and phone systems, can be easily locked via the touch screen – for situations where additional security is warranted, such as when RLX is given to a valet for parking.
With the expanded range of standard and available technology features, substantial engineering effort was put into making each feature intuitive and easy to use. The focal point of the new instrument panel is a large 8-inch color audio/information screen that provides a range of useful information and access to an array of customizable features. When equipped with a navigation system, a high-resolution screen positioned in this same location combines audio, information and navigation functions.
A 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ positioned within easy reach of the driver and front passenger controls the audio system and many other features. The touchscreen eliminates many physical buttons, and is the key contributor to the clean, uncluttered look of the RLX interior. Dynamic menus clearly display controls for each functional mode, reduce screen clutter, and help make operation simple. Audible and touch feedback improves usability and control, and helps keep the driver's eyes on the road. Customizable shortcuts allow the RLX driver to set easy-to-access pre-sets for Places, Phone, Climate, Audio, and Valet functional categories.
Befitting its flagship status in the Acura line, the RLX Sport Hybrid does not scrimp on thoughtful premium details. A power tilt/telescoping steering wheel with enhanced fingertip controls and a multi-view rearview camera are standard. Also standard are a two-driver memory system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink®, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). To deliver excellent sound isolation, the RLX makes use of comprehensive sound deadening materials, an acoustic glass windshield, and an Active Sound Control system that helps cancel out interior noise. Acura Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone connectivity is also standard, and allows the RLX driver to dial a Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone by voice command.
Acura is known for its leadership in the adoption of advanced information and media technologies, and the 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid is no exception. The next generation of AcuraLink® delivers a broad spectrum of capabilities using both an embedded two-way cellular communication and cloud-based connectivity via the owner's compatible smart phone and data plan. AcuraLink features Pandora® interface, Aha™ by Harman cloud-based interface, and SMS text and e-mail messaging3 functionality with compatible cell phones.
The Pandora® interface allows custom internet radio stations to be played through the RLX Sport Hybrid's audio system via a connected compatible smart phone. Aha also uses a paired smart phone to provide hundreds of channels of in-vehicle content, including custom internet radio, podcasts, audio books, Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds. AcuraLink services are offered in three tiers: Standard, Connect and Premium
Two audio systems are offered in the RLX Sport Hybrid starting with an impressive 14-speaker Acura/ELS® Studio Premium Audio System in the RLX Sport Hybrid Technology grade. The RLX Sport Hybrid Advance grade features a 14-speaker Krell ultra-premium audio system - with speakers and amplifiers engineered over the last four years - sets a new benchmark in automotive audio performance.
The RLX Sport Hybrid offers a wide spectrum of audio and information features. All audio systems feature AM/FM, HD radio and XM radio®. The standard USB port allows the connection of a flash drive, iPhone or iPod. Compatible Bluetooth® devices can also connect to the RLX wirelessly. When equipped with a navigation system, CDs can be copied onto the on-board hard drive and selected using Song-by-Voice.
The standard Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ is a hard-drive based system. It features continuously updated traffic maps, including highways and, for the first time, surface street traffic information within the United States and Canada, and also offers traffic rerouting to help navigate around slow-downs. The system includes Zagat® restaurant information.
The navigation system's voice recognition feature allows you to perform the most frequently used functions of the audio, climate control, and navigation systems without taking your hands off the wheel. The advanced voice recognition technology responds to over 1,500 commands, in addition to spoken street names.
A broad spectrum of driver-assistive technologies is also offered on the RLX Sport Hybrid. Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system are standard. The RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance package adds standard Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System, and front and rear parking sensors.
Standard Interior features for RLX Sport Hybrid Technology Package
Added interior features for the RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance include:
Design and Materials
The new RLX Sport Hybrid interior is a fresh take on premium luxury, with clean and elegant lines, high-end detailing, and intuitive functionality. A design concept called "dual personal structure" guided development, and divides the space into areas centered on the driver and front passenger, complemented by a wide center stack and console that is easily accessible to each person.
With more on-board electronic features than ever before, the RLX designers rethought the user interface of the central stack, and developed a simple two-screen system. The 8-inch color audio/information screen is placed high in the instrument panel, where it's close to the driver's sight line. The lower, 7-inch touch screen eliminates the need for dozens of hard keys, and has contextual menus that make operation simple. The quality of interior materials, fit and finish have received close attention to reflect the discerning nature of the RLX owner, with stitched leather instrument panel detailing, available Milano leather seating, and soft-touch materials throughout.
Intuitive functionality has always been a priority in Acura design and is now a core element of Acura's focus on creating the synergy between man and machine – enabling the driver to focus on operating the vehicle rather than various controls. All important systems and controls are within easy reach of the driver. Controls for the systems used most frequently-audio, cruise control, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, available satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and Multi-Information Display-are conveniently positioned on the steering wheel. The main instrumentation is an easy-to-read analog design, supplemented with digital and graphic displays. Even though the RLX gives its driver access to many electronic features, the interface is simple and welcoming. Sight lines are clear with important items placed within easy view.
Typical of Acura interior design, the soft-touch switchgear of the RLX is engineered to deliver a quality feel and positive action. Helpful features, such as power side mirrors that can be set to automatically tilt-down when Reverse gear is engaged, make parking easier. A standard multi-view rearview camera provides a choice of three different views, displayed on the bright, colorful 8-inch audio/information screen.
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
The leather-wrapped steering wheel with euro-style stitching incorporates the most commonly used controls, allowing the driver to keep their hands on the wheel. Phone and audio controls are on the left side; cruise control and multi-info display controls are on the right side, along with the switches for Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow on the Advance grade.
Tucked out of view but within fingertip reach are a pair of paddle shifters that allow for manual operation of the Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission.
The RLX Sport Hybrid has sophisticated analog instrumentation with large tachometer and speedometer flanking a Multi-Information Display (MID) which provides a range of information and trip computer functions. The tachometer and speedometer are flanked by an analog coolant temperature and fuel level gauge.
The RLX Sport Hybrid features the first application of Acura's new Head-Up Display, which utilizes a concave mirror located behind the instrument panel to project a broad range of information on the lower portion of the windshield directly in front of the driver.
Display modes can be selected by a steering wheel-mounted thumb dial. Display modes include:
Further, the driver can adjust the location of the projection (up and down) or turn off the system via switches on the instrument panel.
A highly functional instrument panel gives the RLX driver instant access to critical information. It also provides important vehicle information via a Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned between the tachometer and speedometer. Controls positioned on the right side of the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the MID display through multiple screens of information from sources including LKAS and ACC and more. The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the RLX driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear.
MID information categories include:
All RLX models feature a bright, full-color 8-inch audio/information screen positioned high in the center stack of the instrument panel. Its high placement puts it close to the driver's line of sight where it's easy to see. Besides audio system information, the screen also offers backup camera views and access to a range of customizable features.
On-Demand Multi-Use Display™
The impressive range of technology offered in the RLX presented designers with a challenge of balancing capability with simplicity. The solution came in the form of a 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touch screen positioned within easy reach of the driver and front passenger. The touchscreen controls a wide range of features, and with its contextual menus, it displays relevant items while minimizing clutter. To make it easy to use, the screen offers audible and vibratory touch feedback-both can be adjusted or shut off based on the owner's preference. Customizable shortcuts allow the RLX driver to set easy-to-access presets for Places, Phone, Climate, Audio and Valet functional categories.
The touchscreen display also provides access to the RLX's Valet Mode. Using the touch screen, the owner can assign a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that locks out the use of the trunk release and glove box, navigation system, audio system and phone.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
A multi-view rearview camera is standard on all grades. It offers three viewing angles (wide view, normal view and top view). Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. The rearview image is displayed on the 8-inch color audio/information display, or on the navigation system display (in the same location) on models equipped with navigation. On-screen guidelines help the driver better judge distances, and predictive guidelines help make maneuvering in reverse easier. (See the Body Section for more information.)
One-Touch Turn Signals
The RLX's one-touch turn signals provide increased convenience for the driver when making routine lane changes. In addition to normal operation, a quick movement of the turn signal lever (between 0.4 sec. and 1.0 sec.) will cause the turn signals to flash three times.
Considering the luxury mission and performance capabilities of the RLX, its seating required extensive engineering development. Detailed analysis of seats from competitive makes helped set engineering targets that balanced firm support, a feeling of secure stability when maneuvering, and the supple comfort required for all-day driving.
An all-new internal structure (introduced in the RLX) lays the foundation for comfort. Specially compounded padding in four different densities is used strategically to blend support and comfort, with special firm inset pads positioned internally in the side bolsters for stable lateral support. Special attention was given to the Milano leather seat coverings to make for a soft touch, with the right amount of surface friction to help keep passengers securely in position while cornering.
The driver and passenger front seats feature 12-ways of power adjustability (8-way power seat plus 4-way power lumbar support). The pneumatic lumbar support can be adjusted both longitudinally and vertically. All driver's seat power adjustments are included in the Smart Entry system that (among many other features). The system stores a pair of user profiles regarding seat settings-one for each of the two key fobs that come standard with the RLX Sport Hybrid.
Heated front seats are standard in the RLX Sport Hybrid. Electronic control allows for three temperature settings, along with faster warm-up and smoother, more precise temperature control. Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are standard in the Advance grade.
The RLX offers rear seat occupants exceptional comfort and room. Specially sculpted front seat seatbacks generate extra leg room for rear seat passengers. In the rear seat area, the outer seating positions are carefully engineered (complete with side bolsters) to simultaneously combine solid lateral support with luxurious comfort on long trips.
The RLX theme of efficient driver control and easy-to-read components carries on after dark. The analog instruments are backlit with LED lighting and feature high-contrast markings. The gauge package progressively illuminates to give the driver a welcoming feel upon entry. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes to life and then brightens progressively to 100-percent illumination when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument panels then come alive, indicating that the car is ready to go. At the end of the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.
All the interior switches and vent controls are illuminated to make them easy to locate at night, including the switches on all four doors and the steering wheel. In addition to front and rear overhead interior lights and map lights, the RLX also has a complement of low-level interior cabin lighting. Ambient lighting in the ceiling illuminates the front center console and the rear flip-down armrest. The front foot wells also have ambient lighting that brightens substantially when the doors are opened.
Front and rear interior door handle areas are illuminated to make them easy to find at night, and the front door storage compartments, glove compartment, and center armrest compartment are all internally illuminated. All four doors have courtesy lights that illuminate when the doors are open. The RLX interior lights feature "theater dimming," which can be set by the driver to one of several dimming rates via the Multi-Information Display. The trunk has interior lighting, plus the trunk lid has lighting that illuminates the bumper and sill area when the lid is opened.
The RLX Sport Hybrid interior offers a range of storage and convenience features for the driver and passengers. The dual-hinged front center armrest incorporates a unique lid design that can flip open to the right or left, for conveniently accessing the center console storage compartment.
A USB port inside the console allows for easy connectivity of items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or a removable flash drive storage device. The USB port is located alongside a traditional AUX jack that allows connectivity of an MP3 music player. Just ahead of the console, a pair of illuminated cupholders is conveniently positioned.
Inside the glove compartment is a separate document box to accommodate the Owner's Manual as well as important registration and insurance papers. The separate document box arrangement not only keeps paperwork neatly contained, but it also frees up storage space in the main glove box compartment. In the rear seating area, a wide fold-down center armrest has a padded top. A pullout dual beverage holder is built into the rear armrest.
Cargo Carrying Versatility
The RLX Sport Hybrid has a fully finished, 12.0 cubic-foot trunk (compared to 15.1 on the two-wheel drive RLX with Krell Audio and Advance packages). An underfloor storage compartment provides added space for small items. The acoustic properties of the trunk and the rear deck speakers were specially engineered to create the best possible sound performance from the three available audio systems. A cargo net with a network of anchor points help keeps trunk cargo securely in position.
For a cleaner appearance and to avoid damage to luggage, the trunk lid is supported by fully concealed hinge mechanisms. The trunk can be opened via a remote release mounted on the driver's door panel, by pulling the exterior release lever on the trunk lid (when carrying the Smart Entry keyless access fob). There is also an emergency trunk opener, located near the trunk latch that can be found in total darkness thanks to a glow-in-the-dark yellow color treatment.
GPS-Linked, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control
The RLX Sport Hybrid has GPS-linked temperature control, tri-zone automatic climate control system that lets the driver, front passenger and rear passengers set temperatures to their individual liking. Designed for exceptionally quiet operation the system also includes a selectable automatic recirculation mode that is controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) and an air quality sensor.
To operate the HVAC system, easy-to-read buttons and controls are positioned within easy reach. The HVAC system can also be controlled by voice command, and additional custom settings can be accessed through the 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ interface. The climate control system's control logic is designed to provide smooth operation with subtle changes in airflow.
With its position-sensing ability, the available GPS navigation system contributes to overall passenger comfort with a 3D solar sensing feature. Based on continuously updated vehicle position information, the navigation system determines the position of the sun relative to the driver and passenger. Combining this information with input from a solar sensor located on top of the instrument panel, the climate control system automatically adjusts the temperature and airflow from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating.
For increased rear seat privacy, reduced solar loading and greater passenger comfort on sunny days, the Advance grade RLX Sport Hybrid has a power operated rear-window sunshade along with manually operated expanded sunshades for each rear door side window.
Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC)
Key contributors to the RLX Sport Hybrid's quiet, refined interior are Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC). The two systems are comprised of dual overhead microphones, an ANC/ASC electronic processor, and the audio system's speakers. ASC/ANC operates whenever the RLX engine is running, even if the audio system is turned off.
ANC is designed to reduce low frequency sound in the cabin caused mainly by the roughness of the road surface. The overhead microphones pick up sound waves and send them to the ANC/ASC processor, which creates and sends a precisely timed "reverse phase" audio signal to a special amplifier. In turn, the amplifier drives the door speakers to cancel the original noise signal.
ASC is a related technology designed to improve the engine sound quality by making the sound pressure level more linear as the engine revs increase. Typically, engine noise doesn't increase in a linear way with rising revs; instead there can be many resonances that create peaks and valleys in the sound pressure level and an uneven sound. ASC helps smooth out the engine sound by creating a same-phase or reverse-phase sound signal as needed and sending it to the speakers. Though the system offers benefits from idle to redline, it makes the largest difference in the range between 1000 and 2000 rpm, where it lowers the sound pressure level with a reverse-phase audio signal.
AcuraLink® Connectivity System
The RLX launched the next generation of AcuraLink®, Acura's cloud-based connected car system that first launched in 2005. This new generation uses embedded cellular technology built into the RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid, along with the owner's compatible smartphone and data package, to bring a broad range of convenience, media and available security features to the RLX lineup.
AcuraLink is the new center point for owners for hands-free access to cloud-based services, audio and information, and is designed to keep RLX drivers informed and connected while on the go. AcuraLink is available on both the RLX Sport Hybrid and RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance.
The connectivity required for AcuraLink's various features is distributed between the RLX's embedded system (for some of the fee-based features) and the owner's compatible smartphone and data package (for free features).
AcuraLink works with the owner's compatible smartphone and data package to connect the RLX with music and information resources, internet apps, and more. Aha™ by Harman is a key AcuraLink resource. Aha organizes the RLX owner's favorite content from the web into personalized on-demand radio stations in the vehicle. Aha is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform optimized for the automotive environment that provides a simple integration point for AcuraLink equipped vehicles to bring in a wide range of current and future applications into the audio system head unit. This new capability allows users to access their favorite podcasts, internet and terrestrial radio, on-demand music, restaurant recommendations via Yelp, and even audio updates from Facebook and Twitter.
Owners can use the AcuraLink website to access information or change preferences. AcuraLink allows for Twitter and Facebook access.
AcuraLink Service Levels
AcuraLink provides three available levels of services. The Standard Package is offered at no charge, with the exception surface-street and freeway traffic, which is free for the first three years of ownership. The Connect Package adds a wide range of capabilities (using the embedded phone link) including automated crash notification and an in-vehicle Emergency System that connects you with a live operator with the push of an overhead button. The Premium Package adds Live Concierge operator assistance via the RLX's embedded cell phone. The Concierge service can send destination information directly to the driver's RLX navigation system, make reservations on their behalf, and update the user on weather, stocks and much more.
Standard (free service using owner's compatible smart phone and data plan)
Connect Package (fee) Includes Standard services and adds:
AcuraLink remote features:
Premium Package (additional fee) Includes Connect Package services and adds:
AcuraLink Mobile App Features
AcuraLink Smartphone App/Website
With the active Connect or Premium Package, the AcuraLink system gives the owner a range of features they can control or monitor remotely, via the AcuraLink smartphone app or AcuraLink website.
Aha™ by Harman
A new voice-based feature called Aha™ is accessed via AcuraLink using a compatible smartphone. Aha organizes the RLX owner's favorite content from the web into personalized on-demand radio stations in the vehicle. Aha is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform optimized for the automotive environment that provides a simple integration point for AcuraLink equipped vehicles to bring in a wide range of current and future applications into the audio system head unit. This new capability allows users to access their favorite podcasts, internet radio, on-demand music, restaurant recommendations, and even audio updates from Facebook and Twitter.
Aha™ key features:
Aha™ content categories:
The RLX Sport Hybrid incorporates a wide range of media features to accommodate the ever-changing preferences of customers. All RLX models are designed to provide a convenient interface for Pandora®. Pandora® is a free music service that allows users to open an account online and create up to 100 personalized internet "radio stations" that are based on favorite songs or artists. Users can choose among their stations and listen via computer, and can also download a free smartphone Pandora® app, which allows users listen to the same list of personalized stations via their compatible phone. Although Pandora® is free, phone data charges apply.
An iPhone or compatible Android phones can be connected wirelessly, using Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (iPhone is also supported via the Pandora® Audio USB interface). To use Pandora®, the Pandora app is launched on a compatible connected smartphone and the vehicle's audio source is set to Pandora®. The audio/information screen (or navigation display in vehicles with navigation) and On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ shows Pandora® information and album art, and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with "Like" or "Dislike" ratings. Some functionality of the Pandora® app is locked out when using the RLX's Pandora® interface.
SMS Text Message Function
All RLX models have a standard SMS Text Message function that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allow the driver to reply with any of six factory preset messages (see below). The system works with SMS-capable cell phones that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP), such as the Blackberry, Droid X and others. When running iOS6, an iPhone can receive text messages, but cannot send replies using the RLX interface.
Once a compatible phone is paired with the RLX's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system, the text messaging function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the audio/information screen (or navigation screen in vehicles equipped with navigation). Using the audio system controls, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices, or can call the sender – all without handling their phone. To help minimize driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on-screen while the vehicle is moving.
Available factory preset text replies:
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® Wireless Telephone Interface
Like all Acura vehicles, the RLX Sport Hybrid has a standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® hands free telephone interface that is designed to work with most Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones. Bluetooth® is a radio frequency-based technology that allows portable devices (such as mobile cellular telephones, PDAs, and laptop computers) to communicate wirelessly. The RLX's HandsFreeLink® system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cellular phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). After the driver completes a one-time pairing process, the RLX can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when it is within approximately 10 feet of the car. The phone needs to be on, but can be stored in a pocket, briefcase, purse, or anywhere inside the RLX cabin- thus there is no need to worry about where to place the cellular telephone.
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® allows the driver to send or answer telephone calls without removing their hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the number of the incoming caller is displayed on the Multi-Information Display (MID) located in the instrument cluster. In addition, the phone ring tone is played over the audio system. If the driver chooses to answer the phone call, a press of the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the RLX's audio system speakers. Working with an overhead array microphone, the HandsFreeLink® system helps cancel "echo effect" and reduces background noise to improve the transmission quality of the driver's speech.
To send a call hands-free, the RLX driver can dial the number by voice, again using fingertip controls mounted on the steering wheel to activate the system. The driver also can store frequently called numbers in the system's memory using unique voice tags. Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be registered with the RLX's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system.
Additional information can be found at www.acura.com/handsfreelink.
Audio/Connectivity Feature Summary
Bluetooth® audio/ Pandora®/Aha compatibility
Hard drive music storage
RLX Sport Hybrid Technology Grade
Acura/ELS® Studio Premium CD/AM/FM/HD/XM/MP3/WMA; auxiliary input jack; USB Audio Interface
CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC
RLX Sport Hybrid Advance Grade
Krell Ultra-premium CD/AM/FM/HD/XM/MP3/WMA; auxiliary input jack; USB Audio Interface
CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC
Acura/ELS Studio® 14-Speaker Premium Audio
The RLX Sport Hybrid Technology grade features the Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System, engineered specifically for the RLX by Panasonic and legendary recording engineer Elliot Scheiner to recreate the emotional experience you feel when you enjoy a live performance. The system's hardware matches the quality of recording studio equipment, and features high power amplification and advanced speaker technology. It includes a single-disc CD player, AM/FM/HD/XM/HDD and delivers detailed, well-balanced sound to all seating positions
The system's 14 speakers are precisely located throughout the RLX cabin. Six titanium-domed tweeters are arrayed in the interiors; two near the A-pillars, two in the rear doors, and two more on the rear deck. A 3.1-inch super dynamic range speaker is centered in the top of the instrument panel, and six big 6.7-inch super-dynamic range speakers are placed in the door and on the rear deck. Finally, an 8-inch SLDD (Super Low Distortion Driver) subwoofer is position in the center of the rear deck.
In addition to traditional source inputs, the RLX is fitted with a USB port that allows for easy connectivity to items such as an iPod® or iPhone® along with a removable flash drive storage device containing WMA, MP3 or AAC format music. The USB port is located alongside a traditional AUX jack (that allows connectivity of an external MP3 music player) located in the center console's storage compartment.
Krell 14-Speaker Ultra-Premium Audio System
The RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance features a Krell audio system that is designed to set a new standard in automotive audio performance. Krell is one of the most highly respected names in high-end audio, with a three-decade history of developing ultra-premium home audio systems. Though the new RLX system marks Krell's first production automotive application, it shares the performance goals of all Krell systems: Musical detail, three-dimensional sound presentation, and extreme volume capability. Four years of development went into the RLX 14-speaker system.
The 14 Krell speakers are positioned in the RLX cabin in the same locations as those in the Technology package. Six magnesium-domed tweeters are arrayed in the interior; two near the A-pillars, two more in the rear doors, and another pair on the rear deck. A 3.1-inch speaker is centered in the top of the instrument panel, and six large 6.7-inch Zylon® (Zylon® is a registered trade mark of Toyobo Co., Ltd. in Japan) speakers are placed in the doors and on the rear deck. Finally, an 8-inch subwoofer is positioned in the center of the rear deck.
Krell uses highly advanced speaker technology to achieve a new level of audio performance. The tweeters, for example, use magnesium diaphragms. Reproducing high frequencies requires that the tweeter diaphragm be able to move extremely fast, so ideally the diaphragm should be constructed of materials with very low mass. Aluminum is lightweight, fairly rigid, and inexpensive, but an aluminum diaphragm structure has a strong inherent resonance of around 20 kHz. This resonance is often perceived as a harsh or gritty sound. Magnesium is more expensive than aluminum, but it has the benefit of being less mass. Adding a structural ridge to the diaphragm greatly increases rigidity without additional mass. This pushes the diaphragm's resonant frequency up into the inaudible 40 kHz range. The result is extraordinary detail and extended high frequencies without any trace of harshness.
Special technology is also applied to the Krell system's six 6.7-inch speakers. The speakers use diaphragms constructed of a material called Zylon®, the world's strongest super-fiber. This very rigid material is ideal for speaker manufacturing. Zylon® responds very quickly to musical input and, more importantly, stops moving just as quickly when the musical signal stops. Compared to the polypropylene diaphragm material that is used in the vast majority of car audio speakers, Zylon® has far less unwanted vibration, resulting in a much cleaner and more detailed sound.
Because of the ability of the magnesium tweeters and Zylon® speakers to reveal fine details in the music, the highest quality crossover components were required. Heavy gauge, pure copper inductors and top-of-the-line polypropylene capacitors from Bennic maintain perfect signal integrity.
The discrete amplifier channels are designed exactly like the channels in a high-end Krell home amplifier. The main channels feature the same robust, high quality bipolar power transistors used in flagship Krell home amplifiers. The result is an amplifier that has one-third less distortion than amplifiers found in competing flagship luxury sedans. Using a class D channel for the subwoofer increases that amplifier's efficiency and reduces its size. The DirectFET class D amp is designed for low EMI (electro-magnetic interference) to keep the main output channels as noise-free as possible.
For the best audio performance, the Krell system uses metal speaker grilles. Because metal is inherently stronger than the plastic used for most grilles, the grilles can have a more open area without compromising strength. Metal grilles also vibrate less than typical plastic grilles.
Special care went into mounting the speakers with mounting plates that are thick and heavily reinforced. In combination with the specially engineered door panels, the mounting plates provide an extraordinarily rigid, stable mounting surface for each speaker element. Sound energy that would otherwise be wasted in the drive-unit or door vibration is accurately transmitted to the listener, resulting in tighter bass response and improved musical detail.
XM® Radio is a standard feature within the RLX audio system and it provides more than 200 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. The XM® signal is beamed to two broadcast satellites positioned in geostationary orbit above Earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada.
XM® Radio programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children's programming and entertainment. Of the more than 200 XM® channels, 71 are commercial-free. When the RLX's audio system plays XM® Radio, the Audio/Information screen (or navigation display in vehicles with navigation) displays the current category, station song title, or artist's name, while the current category and station are also displayed on the On-Demand Multi-Use Display™. A complimentary three-month subscription to the XM® Radio service is included with purchase of a new RLX, and customers are able to continue the service or cancel any time afterwards.
All RLX models feature standard HD Radio™. HD Radio technology converts the traditional analog radio broadcast to digital and provides advanced audio and data features that enhance the listening experience. Sound quality is radically improved, and unlike satellite radio, HD Radio is free.
Instead of sending out one analog signal, HD stations send out a bundled signal – both analog and digital. Because it is digital, textual data such as traffic, stock info and song titles can be sent out, as well. Unlike conventional radio, HD Radio stations broadcast extra channels, which are called HD2/HD3. These added channels offer RLX owners a universe of additional choices.
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) audio system featuring the 15GB HDD-based memory are programmed from the factory to copy music tracks from pre-recorded CDs, enabling customers to store many CDs worth of music on-board for easy access. The system will not copy music from burned CDs or from USB flash drives. Based on music files measuring an average size of 4.2MB per song at a 128kbps bit rate, approximately 3,500 songs can be loaded into the 15GB system (approximately 175 CDs).
The HDD-based system records music at 6-times that of the original music track time. Two recording quality settings (192 kbps or 128 kbps) are available. The automatic-recording default setting can be changed to manual if desired.
The audio system can display information about the music tracks, such as artist names and song titles using the Gracenote® database in the system software. This database can be periodically updated to reflect newly released music. Gracenote updates can be downloaded by RLX owners at automobiles.acura.com in the Ownerlink section (up to four updates per year maximum). The updates can then be loaded onto a CD-R or onto a USB thumb drive, which in turn can be used to update the RLX audio system. Even without a Gracenote update, newly released audio tracks will play on the sound system, without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.
Song By Voice®
Song by Voice® is standard on the RLX Sport Hybrid. From most navigation screens, the driver can simply press the TALK button on the steering wheel. With so much audio content potentially available on the HDD or from an iPod, RLX engineers set out to make it easy to find content. So drivers can simply give a voice command, such as "Play song 'Danny Boy,'" and the system will automatically begin playback. Song by Voice also lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist and even composer.
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition
All RLX Sport Hybrid models come equipped with the latest generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ (available in the 48 contiguous United States and Hawaii).
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition features summary:
The RLX Sport Hybrid's Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS technology and a 60 GB hard disk drive based (HDD) system to provide drivers with turn-by-turn guidance to their chosen destination. The system adds surface street traffic data for the RLX and provides coverage in many areas within the U.S., allowing the driver to choose faster, less congested routes. The system offers a new level of convenience, with the new generation of AcuraLink. Owners can send a destination to the vehicle in advance of trip using AcuraLink (with the optional Connect Package), or while on the road via the AcuraLink Concierge operator (with the optional Premium Package) or the interactive voice response system (with the Connect Package). Faster, more capable and easier to use than any previous-generation Acura system, the RLX navigation system sets a new standard.
The RLX navigation system features an 8-inch high-resolution WVGA (800x480 pixel) backlit color display that takes the place of the audio/information display in non-navigation models. The system can be controlled by voice, or with a convenient interface dial. The new technology allows the voice-activation system to respond to casual command phrases that require less user familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. For example, a voice request for "Radio 98.3 FM" can now be spoken in approximately a dozen different ways ranging from "change the radio station to 98.3" to just saying "98.3 FM." This logic applies to audio functionality of the audio/information screen. The navigation system can also be controlled by voice with conventional navigation commands like, "Find nearest Chinese restaurant" or "Find nearest ATM."
The audio system is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying the matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores) can be displayed with brand logo icons, or the system can provide turn-by-turn navigation – all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers that can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system when the driver's cellular telephone is connected to the system.
The Acura Navigation System uses Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) in combination with detailed information from the vehicle's mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle's location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The antenna can utilize up to 12 satellites from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so when time zones are crossed while driving, the clock will automatically set itself to the current time.
The RLX's navigation screen can display regularly updated traffic information including traffic flow, incidents and construction on freeways, and for the first time, on surface streets. The information is from Probe Traffic, a system that tracks the movements of participating Acura (and other) vehicles to generate up-to-date flow information. Participants opt into the Probe Traffic system to receive flow information, which is anonymous and scrubbed of any personal information. The flow information is transmitted via the RLX's embedded cellular data link and is graphically displayed on the navigation system.
The system can automatically recalculate a "detour" route and display a pop-up box signifying the route change, when traffic congestion or road incidents are detected along the selected drive route. Alternately, the driver can recalculate a route in manual mode simply by selecting "TRAFFIC INCIDENTS" from the Map Info menu followed by selecting the "AVOID" command relevant to an incident.
A digital version of the Zagat Survey® restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on select restaurants in the database. The reviews can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice.
The navigation system can also suggest scenic routes based on the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads guide. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Scenic-route information for 126 routes can be accessed from inside the "Information" menu and is displayed on the map as a green-and-red segmented line.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
The RLX Sport Hybrid features a new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system as standard equipment. When the camera-based system detects a vehicle ahead and determines that collision is possible, it provides the driver with visual and audible alerts to encourage avoidance actions. (The system does not include an automatic braking function).
(See Safety section for more information.)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW), also standard, provides the driver with visual and audible alerts if the vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane without the turn signal activated. A button on the lower left portion of the instrument panel allows the system to be switched on and off.
(See Safety section for more information.)
Smart Entry Keyless Access System
The RLX features Acura's Smart Entry with Push Button Start. The Smart Entry system lets the RLX owner gain access to the vehicle without having to operate the key fob or conventional key. The Smart Entry remote has a unique digital identity and the RLX can be unlocked when the driver grabs one of the door handles (front doors only on the RLX and RLX with Navigation) while the remote is in his/her possession. When carrying the fob (or if all doors are unlocked), the trunk can be opened by pressing a button located on the RLX's rear fascia.
Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the Smart Entry system allows the RLX to be started by pushing the Engine Start/Stop button positioned on the instrument panel. When leaving the car, a press of the soft-touch button on the exterior door handle locks all the doors. Alternatively, pressing the Lock button on the Smart Entry remote will also simultaneously lock all doors.
Smart Entry also features a unique "quick vent" feature. When the operator depressed the "unlock" button on the keyless remote for two seconds after unlocking the doors, the system lowers all four windows and opens the power moonroof to quickly vent built-up interior heat. In addition, by inserting the built-in key into the driver's door lock and holding the key in the "lock" position, all open windows can be simultaneously raised.
The Acura RLX comes with two keyless remotes that can be set with a unique preference to accommodate the preferences of two different drivers. The available preferences include driver seat, steering wheel and mirror positions, along with select HVAC functions. Other preferences include turning entry lights on or off, audio system pre-sets, air conditioning preferences, and navigation system settings. In the event both owners use the car at the same time, the RLX will recognize the keyless remote that approaches the vehicle first.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
The RLX Sport Hybrid Advance features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow. This vehicle speed and distance control system uses a grill-mounted millimeter-wave radar to monitor the distance between the RLX and the vehicle directly ahead. Like a conventional cruise control system, the ACC system can maintain a preset speed. In addition, by combining radar data with data from speed sensors, ACC can regulate the RLX's speed to maintain a preset following distance interval.
The Low-Speed Follow feature can reduce the driver workload in congested traffic by maintaining a selected distance interval, even in stop and go traffic. If a vehicle detected ahead is in range of the system and slows to a stop, the RLX will also come to a stop. When the vehicle ahead moves forward, the vehicle icon on the multi-information display blinks. With a press of the RES/+/SET/– switch up or down, or with a press of the accelerator pedal, the RLX will resume Low-Speed Follow mode.
RLX Interior Accessories
A line of Genuine Acura Accessories was developed simultaneously with the RLX to provide personalization for the Acura owner. Like all Genuine Acura Accessories, the RLX accessories are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty if installed by the dealer at the time of vehicle purchase.