We already know what the 2013 Acura RLX looks like. But these images, leaked from patent filings which are so in vogue these days, are an even clearer look at a car from a company who disguises its auto show debuts as thinly-veiled “concepts.”
Look past the concept’s flashy wheels and baby-food paint, and the patent drawings show a car that’s more in line with the current RL than ever before. The rear exhausts have been simplified, and the front end loses its thin spears of chrome for a three-hole opening and room for foglights. The wheels look like the same 5-spokes on the TL. And the character lines behind the front fenders—one of the RLX’s precious few styling flourishes—look even more toned down.
Dare we say it’s a bit boring?
OK, sure. But hopefully the big Acura is more entertaining to drive than it looks—and with its hybrid electric drivetrain and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, hopefully it will when it comes out next year.