Acura, Honda’s predominantly US market premium brand, has lifted the covers on its latest executive saloon, the RLX, at the Los Angeles motor show.

Previously shown at this year’s New York motor show in concept form, the production version is due to go on sale in the States early in 2013.

The RLX features a 306bhp 3.5-litre direct-injection V6 engine, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Honda’s Precision All-wheel Steering system, which can adjust toe angles on individual wheels to tighten cornering lines and improve maneuverability. Both the engine and steering system are likely to make it onto Honda's forthcoming NSX supercar.

The new headlight arrangment, in which the LED units flank the grille, will be developed into a new Acura design theme.

Acura is aiming to steal sales from BMW and Mercedes with its new flagship saloon. The company claims that the RLX will have class leading interior space and safety performance, and has used acoustic glass and 'Amplitude' reactive dampers to improve refinement and ride comfort.

"It's the job of a flagship to establish the traits of the rest of the brand, so the RLX will exhibit first class comfort and quality, as well as an incredible driving experience," said an Acura spokesman.

A hybrid version of the RLX, featuring Honda's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, will join the range next year.

Thanks to: Autocar