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Acura confirms that it is killing its lowest-selling sedan in the U.S.

Acura has confirmed that the RLX is going away in the U.S.

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After years of low sales numbers, Acura has confirmed that it is killing the RLX after the 2020 model year. The information was first reported by AutomotiveNews. In 2019, Acura, the luxury arm of Honda, sold just 1,019 versions of the model. Only 204 versions of the car have been sold so far in 2020.

The RLX is the largest sedan model in the Acura lineup and is larger than every sedan in the Honda stable as well.

At its height, Acura's midsize RLX sold over 5,000 units in a year, but that was 2013 and back then the RLX looked fresh and the market was still finding sedans an attractive choice.

2020 Acura RLX

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The car hasn't been updated since its mid-cycle facelift in 2018. Then it received a number of upgrades including a fresh front seat, new interior accent options, Acura's standard suite of safety technology, and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The model isn't the first sedan to be cancelled this year. Cadillac has put the CT6 sedan on the chopping block as part of a brand restructuring and General Motors plant reorganization plan.

Acura will continue to sell the ILX and TLX sedans.

Rumor has it that Acura is looking at bringing back the Integra nameplate as it strives to reclaim the premium performance grandeur that helped make the nameplate so popular a few decades ago. The company is expected to debut a redesigned MDX SUV later this year, which will go on sale as a 2021 model.

Acura is also gearing up to sell more performance-focused variants of its models, in the same vein as the product plan Audi has been successfully executing for years. Audi refers to these as "S" and "RS" models. Acuras will wear Type S badging.

Acura will continue to sell the RLX in other markets, where it goes by the Legend name. The automaker is not planning a successor to the RLX in the U.S.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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