Acura will debut its RS-X prototype, a replacement for the Integra coupe, at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in January along with its model year 2002 3.2 TL sedan, featuring updated styling and a new sporty Type S model.

Featuring advanced engine technology, the RS-X prototype is an early glimpse of the new Integra.

Exterior styling highlights include short front and rear overhangs, slim A- and B- pillars, and a sharply-chiseled front fascia with five-sided grille flanked by large, four-lamp headlights. The production version will be the first Acura in North America to be powered by the next-generation i-VTEC engine.

The new Type S boasts 260 horsepower -- the highest in its class claims Acura - while all 3.2 TL models receive a number of styling changes including new front end styling, reshaped headlights and new taillight treatment. An Bose music system with 6-disc in-dash CD player is standard.

Additional enhancements to the Type S include the adoption of the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, larger 215/50R 17-inch tires, a unique alloy wheel design, metallic-face instrument panel, perforated leather seats and steering wheel, and a new shift knob.