2017 Acura TLX Uses Mixed Materials to Save Weight

18th July 2016

Acura launched it’s new TLX sports sedan over the weekend and in the announcement material, there was a few pointers towards the weight saving strategy employed by the company’s engineering team.

Specifically Acura mentions the extensive use of lightweight materials throughout the vehicle’s body including ultra-high-strength steels, aluminum for the hood, bumper beams and front subframe and magnesium for the steering hangar beam.¬†Unfortunately no mention is made of the weight savings achieved with the strategy.

The use of mixed materials to tackle the weight challenge is a continuation of Acura’s approach to previous TLX vehicles, with the 2015¬†model benefiting from a combination of steels, aluminum and magnesium. The company released a percentage breakdown of the materials used on the 2015 model (below) and we will update this article as soon as we receive information for the 2017 model.

 

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