The Acura TLX will gain significant updates for the 2018 model year. The most notable changes will be a revamped front end design, the addition of AcuraWatch safety equipment as a standard feature and a sportier variant called the TLX A-Spec. The face of the new TLX will borrow heavily from the Acura Precision Concept that was revealed back in 2016. It consists of a massive “diamond pentagon” grille akin to the MDX crossover. This represents a departure from the often-maligned “beak” styling the TLX and other Acuras have had up until recently. Acura is making an effort to distinguish the 4-cylinder, V6 and A-Spec with unique styling. On the 4-cylinder, the bumper has been revised to blend in with a more shapely hood. The standard 17-inch wheels will also feature a new design. The V6 will get a more aggressive fascia with unique rectangle exhaust and larger 18-inch wheels. The new TLX A-Spec will be offered only as a V6 in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. Key exterior cues will be a more aggressive fascia than the V6, round dual-exhaust and a black decklid spoiler. It will also get a firmer suspension and dark 19-inch wheels. Inside the cabin, the A-Spec will feature unique bolstered leather seats in either red or black with Alcantara inserts. Other notable bits include brushed aluminum trim and a sportier steering wheel.