Acura's midsizer gets a refresh, new tech, and the A-Spec treatment.

Fresh on the heels of its release of the 2017 Acura MDX, Honda's luxury arm is busy with its next act--the refreshed TLX midsize sedan.

As it is a refresh, the new TLX has revised front and rear fascias. The most significant change is to the nose (stop us if you've heard this before), where the TLX gets its rendition of the new corporate grille. This time, it's the "Diamond Pentagon" design.

Looks aside, the most important change is to the TLX's available tech suite. Along with its standard AcuraWatch suite of safety and semi-autonomous driving features, the new TLX also debuts On Demand Multi Use Display 2.0 in the Acura lineup, bringing with it Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Unfortunately, there's no TLX Sport Hybrid model (yet, anyway), but the good news is that the V6 model is getting a new sport-oriented A-Spec trim. Available in either FWD or SH-AWD variants, the A-Spec includes both visual and performance enhancements.

Exclusive, 19-inch A-Spec rims are clad with wider, high-performance tires. The A-Spec is also more aggressively dampened and SH-AWD models receive a stiffer rear stabilizer bar and springs.

The A-Spec can be spotted thanks to the aforementioned wheels, an aggressive body kit, unique exhaust finishers and a decklid spoiler. Inside, it gets a beefier steering wheel, Alcantara seating surface inserts, aluminum trim and more deeply bolstered sport seats.

Live images by Brian Williams.