• Jul 31, 2007

Acura's non-CUV lineup has been rather quiet lately while the Japanese, German, and American competition have been steadily adding new and refreshed models to their lineup. Judging by these spy shots in the California desert, that's all about to change. The folks over at KGP Photography caught a mystery Acura sedan testing in the middle of the night, and even though the vehicle is heavily camo'd, there are a lot of interesting cues that can't be hidden with black padding.

The sedan appears to be rather large, meaning that it's likely the TL (the RL isn't scheduled to arrive until 2010 or later), which has been on the market virtually unchanged since 2004. The greenhouse looks like it's been to the Lexus/Nissan design school with its steeply raked C-pillar, although the camo doesn't give much away. What's visible of the front end shows a much more aggressive look for Acura, and judging by what appears to be a mesh grille and performance-oriented wheels, the model caught testing may be Acura's next stab at a sport model. The automaker's car lineup could use a shot in the arm to keep up with the competition, and with Honda's penchant for excellent quality and powertrains coupled with their outstanding AWD system, this new model should be great, whatever it may be.

[Source: WorldCarFans]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      hood looks awfully long, def not a L4 in there...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope that Acura is bring out something new. The RL is a wonderful - I mean really wonderful - car.

      But it doesn't sell well among those with small attachments who need a tri-star or propeller/ sky logo on the hood and a V8 under it.

      I hope that Honda/ Acura come out with a kick-ass little and very high-tech V8 that, combined with SHAWD, blows away the current luxo offerings with technology, handling, power and price.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Considering that the new US-spec Accord is just around the corner, I'd put my money on this being a TL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      TSX with AWD, manual and RDX engine would be nice. *Fingers crossed*
      • 7 Years Ago
      This has got to be the next TL...the current gen TL is already long in the tooth...

      Btw, this new TL has no corellation to the upcoming Bimmer-ish Accord. If there is, it is the TSX (aka nimble sized Euro Accord) introduced some years ago at the same time as this soon-to-passe current US super-sized Accord.
      • 7 Years Ago
      just another troll...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am betting that Acura is trying to break into the new trend of full size sport sedans. A competitor to the likes of the Mercedes CLS, BMW, Porsche and Aston Martin have also recently show prototypes for the space.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey look, it's a Mitsubishi Galant!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Speedball, there is always stuff going on behind the scenes. Despite this being one of the better spy shots most show a car cladded up in so much covering you can't recognize remotely what it is supposed to be, making it useless. A small blurb or article would suffice. By the way, "something is in the works, keep watching".
      • 7 Years Ago
      the grille looks like it came from the advance sports sedan concept. I would like to see the car with less camo on it, Honda is so secretive.
      • 7 Years Ago

      I do not much like these names like TL,RL,TSX etc. I do wish Acura would bring back names like Legend,Integra etc.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't like them either, but snobby non-car people do like them. I remember Acura's press interviews when they first changed the Vigor into the TL. They were tired of people identifying that they owned a Legend or an Integra, and they wanted people to say that they owned an Acura, much as people who own BMWs and Mercedes (and now Lexus, Infiniti, etc.) do. They're trying to pump up the cachet of the brand. Caddy did the same thing when they brought out the Seville Touring Sedan and shortened that to STS, and now Lincoln is doing it with the Zephyr/MKZ and such. It's marketing for snobby Americans (which I am, American, not too snobby, tho) to try and keep up with the German Joneses.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The automaker's car lineup could use a shot in the arm to keep up with the competition, and with Honda's penchant for excellent quality and powertrains coupled with their outstanding AWD system, this new model should be great, whatever it may be."

      Gee, I was expecting a NEWS story about an upcoming car, NOT an EDITORIAL from the Hondafanboys..........
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