1998 Acura SLX -- Body
The rugged yet elegant body of the SLX has been designed and engineered to provide a comfortable, spacious seating area, an authoritative driving position, ease of entry and exit, excellent visibility, best-in-class cargo capacity and a luxurious, luxury-sedan-like interior ambiance. The lines of the SLX are strong and masculine, yet with the kind of tasteful elegance that feels as at home in the Anza-Borrego back roads as it is in the urban canyons of Manhattan.
PRECISE FIT AND FINISH
The SLX is painstakingly engineered and assembled to have a level of fit and finish second to none in the luxury sport utility category. Panels are designed to fit closely together, without excessive gaps or mismatching.
The tall, spacious greenhouse is designed to give the driver and passengers a commanding, panoramic view of the surroundings. The driver's front, side and rear views are largely unobstructed, with slim, but highly rigid roof pillars. A bronze-tinted windshield band helps to prevent glare. The SLX even offers an expansive view above; the safari-sized moonroof is over five square feet in area, giving both front and rear seat passengers a breathtaking view. Privacy glass is used in the moonroof, along with a sliding sun shade.
PAINT PROCESS AND CORROSION RESISTANCE
Every outer panel in the SLX has been either hot-dipped in zinc alloy or electro-galvanized on both sides. Outer panels are protected by a nine-step paint and coating process; five layers are used on the outer surface, and four layers protect the inner surfaces and under-chassis sheet steel components. The outer finish starts with a zinc-phosphate coating, followed by a high-build-type E-coat primer, a urethane paint surfacer, a color base coat and an acrylic melanine base clear coat system. Hidden surfaces are coated with the zinc phosphate, followed by a E-coat primer, a PCV SOL undercoat and an anti-corrosion, petroleum-based wax. A chip-resistant rocker panel coating prevents damage from flying stones, and overfenders, with rocker sills and integral front and rear splash guards, help to protect the SLX finish while they add an air of rugged capability.
With a generous 46.3 cubic feet of seat-up rear cargo area, the SLX offers best-in-class hauling capacity. With the rear seats conveniently folded, there's an impressive 90.2 square feet of available cargo space, due in part to the rear-door-mounted spare tire. The split rear seats fold down separately for added versatility, and a hidden storage compartment under the rear seats give extra security for important possessions.
70/30 REAR DOORS
The rear door of the SLX is composed of two separate, vertically hinged panels. The two-piece door is easier to open than a tailgate-type rear door, gives improved access in tight parking situations and provides quick, easy access to the cargo area. This design allows minimum "lift-over" depth, adding greatly to the utility and convenience of the SLX. A rear defogger and wiper/washer assembly are standard. An integrated rear air deflector over the rear door helps to prevent build-up of dirt and dust on the rear window during off-road driving.
POWER FOLD-IN OUTSIDE MIRRORS
The outer mirrors of the SLX can be folded back at the touch of a button. This feature was originally intended for use in extremely tight off-road situations, such as maneuvering between tightly spaced trees or boulders. It is also very convenient in normal city driving and can be used at toll booths, ATM machines or drive-up windows to make reaching more convenient.
Special cornering lights help the driver see into dark driveways and parking spots. Activated by the turn signals, these shine a low, wide beam to the side, making maneuvering in tights spots considerably easier and more confidence-inspiring.