• Feb 11, 2008


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Never mind the spy shots, Acura's gone and released the first official photo of the 2009 TSX in conjunction with its announcement that the car will make its big debut in the Big Apple next month. No specifics about the car itself were released other than the usual boilerplate telling us that the next-gen TSX represents a "significant advancement" and that it will go on sale this Spring. One of those "significant advancements" is almost sure to be the availability of Honda's new i-DTEC clean diesel, which we're all anxious to try in the new sport sedan. In terms of its appearance, Acura has gone the evolutionary route, applying its current design language to a shape that should still be easily identifiable as the TSX. A modest application of the shield grille is in place, the wheel wells now have more pronounced flares, and the reshaped headlamps still retain that skinniness that was one of the calling cards of the last-gen car. The new face is definitely more conservative than that of the freshened RL, and better for it. We'll get a really good idea of what to expect before the New York Auto Show in late March when the car is unveiled as the new Euro Accord earlier in the month at the Geneva Motor Show.

UPDATE: Honda Europe has unveiled the new Accord Euro in sedan and touring (wagon) bodystyles. Since the TSX and the Accord Euro sedan are the same car, you can get a very clear idea of What to expect the Acura's rear end and interior will look like now as well.

[Source: Acura]

PRESS RELEASE:

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 11, 2008 – Acura announced today it will debut the all-new 2009 Acura TSX sports sedan at the 2008 New York International Auto Show and released an exterior photo of the new model. Scheduled to go on-sale in the spring, the 2009 Acura TSX will be the second generation of Acura's popular entry level sedan and feature numerous advancements in performance, styling, technology and safety.

"The new 2009 TSX speaks clearly to the direction we are taking our Acura sedans in the future," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president auto sales, "The TSX is a significant step in the advancement of our sedan lineup and the continued enhancement of the Acura brand."

Acura unveiled the new 2009 RL at the Chicago Auto Show last week and also announced the company will introduce an-all new TL performance luxury sedan later this year.

The 2009 Acura TSX will be introduced during the New York International Auto Show media days which occur on March 19th and 20th.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Probably, the car's window sticker, and www.fueleconomy.gov.. though those ratings are estimates.
      • 6 Years Ago
      that new grille was really ugly...
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it hasn't been said already... after market grills will skyrocket in sales.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As an owner of a 2006 TSX, I have to say that the updates look nice...(i'm not sure I care for the grille either, but in the scope of the total car, it isn't that distracting to me). I LOVE my TSX. I had a MBenz prior to this and for the price, you can't beat the amenities Acura has put on these cars. I don't find the 4 cylinder engine sluggish at all...this car has zip. It has been one of my most favorite cars and I have not been disappointed in it. I'm looking forward to getting another one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Obviously the car was designed to get people's attention and that is exactly what it did with over 65 bloggers and certainly a lot more views. I definetly think the new TSX will sell because when the Accord was released a lot of bloggers said they didn't like it either but Honda can not keep those on the lot. I really like the new TSX and the interieor a ton and can't really see how anybody doesn't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new TSX looks great well keep design elements from the old one, but RL & TL may look similar to TSX . All 3 sedans competing each other. To make RL & TL sell... Acura owns problem .... name strategy not consistent....TL should rename TLX as CSX/TSX/RSX/RDX/MDX & RL as RLX ? but sound awkward may be new name LRX/LSX...
      • 6 Years Ago
      You couldn't be more wrong, to make such a broad assumption. I'm on my 3rd BMW, two of which were 540i's. But I chose a near-stripper 325i this time around. It's our 3rd vehicle.

      It's not about fancy gadgets, it's about how the car DRIVES! A stripper BMW 328i with leatherette seats is simply a much more satisfying car to drive than an Acura TSX. The longer you drive one then go drive something else the more you'd agree. But I'm guessing you haven't.

      Some of us would rather blow the extra cash on silly things like investments and wealth building assets rather than depreciating ones like cars, yet still demand a good driving experience. Even w/o the sport package a stripper E90 BMW with a good set of aftermarket wheels/tires blows the TSX off the road in power, handling, and feel. Even looks.

      Oh, I also paid CASH for my BMW. I could have paid cash for a 7 series. But that would be stupid. The real posers are the guys in the loaded cars with $600-$1000 mo car payments.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Acura, more conservative than Rush Limp-baugh, but twice as smart as George Bush... I think throw in the turbo diesel, add 50+mpg and it'll do just fine...
      • 6 Years Ago
      what is happening at honda!!?? that grille sucks. 1 advice to the would-be owners: replace the front bumper the quickest possible. That would make a good looking car
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, that quick photochop makes it look a lot better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hello... Saturn?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I get a BMW 3 series vibe out of the back. But the front grille is bland.

      A lot of car makers have troubles in finding a brand identity and sticking with it. The Germans keep perfecting their front fascia and have done for years. Other manufacturers desperately look for a brand identity.
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