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click above for a high-res shot of the 2009 Acura TSX

A forum member over at VWVortex published Acura's press release for the 2009 TSX and the news for enthusiasts isn't good, but not entirely unexpected. The big non-news is that Acura will continue to use the 2.4-liter four cylinder employed in the current model, sending power to the front wheels through either a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. The dimensions of the TSX have grown slightly, while two-stage dampers connect to double wishbones up front and a multilink setup out back. Inside, both the driver and front-seat passenger get power seats and upgraded leather, while a USB port for the stereo is standard equipment.

You can check out Acura's full press release after the jump.


All-New 2009 TSX to Debut at New York International Auto Show
The second-generation Acura TSX is designed to appeal to young professionals with its keen-edge styling, athletic performance and advanced electronic features

TORRANCE, Calif., U.S.A., February 11, 2008– Designed and engineered to reaffirm its place as a desirable and affordable entry point for entry-premium buyers, the all-new second-generation 2009 TSX is larger, more agile, more performance minded and even "more Acura" than ever before. Carefully crafted to honor the original TSX's vision as a world-class sports sedan, the new TSX has significantly evolved to offer more comfort, convenience, driving performance and safety. It does so with expanded luxury and electronic features, a wider stance for more agile performance, and advanced safety systems.

The 2009 TSX is expected to appeal to current TSX owners, young professionals and other image seekers who will appreciate its innovative styling, technical allure and total performance – while also valuing the outstanding customer treatment that owners have come to enjoy at Acura dealerships. Extremely brand conscious and eclectic in their tastes, buyers will find the TSX as satisfying for driving colleagues to lunch as it is for weekend snowboarding trips or vacation travel.

An all-aluminum DOHC i-VTEC® in-line 4-cylinder engine heralds a pair of firsts for the TSX model, including dual balance shafts and a direct ignition system. Along with improved performance, it is also cleaner as it now meeting the EPA's aggressive Tier 2-Bin 5 and CARB LEV II Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards for the first time in TSX history.

Displacing 2.4-liters and producing 201 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque (with manual transmission), the new in-line 4-cylinder engine produces its useable power across a much wider rpm range, while five percent more torque further strengthens the engine's pulling power at middle rpm levels. This allows the 2009 TSX to be more responsive off the line and out of corners, and stronger in the middle of the rpm range where the engine operates most of the time.

This newfound performance and flexibility is due in part to a higher compression ratio, revised valve timing, and improved intake and exhaust gas flow. Further credit goes to the TSX engine's i-VTEC® "intelligent" valve control system, which provides the power characteristics of a V-6 without sacrificing the light weight or fuel efficiency of an in-line four. Likewise, a new rear-mounted exhaust manifold layout, a close-coupled catalytic converter design, and a Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system substantially reduce emissions levels. Estimated fuel mileage is 21/30/24 mpg* (city/highway/combined, 5 AT) and 20/28/23 mpg* (city/highway/combined, 6 MT).

Two transmissions are available, both as standard equipment – a 6-speed close- ratio manual with new performance-oriented ratios for Second through Sixth gears, and a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic with a new lock-up torque converter assembly. The manual transmission features a short-throw shifter with a precise, light action that makes it highly rewarding to use, while the Sequential SportShift automatic permits fully automatic operation with intelligent features such as Grade Logic Control and Shift Hold Control, which make driving the TSX on hilly or winding roads more enjoyable. If the driver desires, the automatic transmission can also be operated manually via new steering-wheel mounted F1®-style paddle shifters.

Body and Chassis
The 2009 TSX body structure includes two firsts for the Acura division, including a closed-channel cross-braced roof structure and inside frame rails. Along with a stronger rear bulkhead, the closed-channel cross-braced roof structure yields a more rigid and vibration-resistant structure. The first use of inside frame rails for any Acura model help tailor the aerodynamics underneath the car for improved fuel economy, lower emissions and reduced noise. In addition, new A-, B- and C-pillar separators improve the TSX's quietness over rough roads and at high speed. Slippery aerodynamics also helps fuel economy as well as high-speed stability – all while lowering emissions.

In addition to its 3.0-inch greater width and 2.6-inch wider track, the 2009 TSX has a 1.3-inch longer wheelbase and 2.4 inches more overall length. These dimensions combine to provide greater interior roominess, more agile handling and improved ride quality. Another first for Acura are the TSX's new dual-mode suspension dampers, which provide superior suspension damping characteristics at both lower and higher damper speeds. Using a unique deflector plate stack, the new dampers adjust compression damping characteristics to suit the vehicle speed, cornering forces and road surface. In creating the second-generation TSX body design, Acura designers sought to retain the crisp, dynamic design of the original and enhance it by widening the body overall and adding more muscular and distinctive cues to create a keen-edged sports sedan. Their key design goal was to create an aerodynamic design that evokes both emotion and tension with a decisively sporty flair.

Outward visibility is improved with a slimmer A-pillar design, while an auto up/down front passenger window adds convenience and a reverse-linked passenger-side door mirror tilts down to help improve safety while parallel parking. The new TSX also has a wider trunk opening and a lower trunk lift-over height for more convenient loading.

Functionality and refinement converge with luxury and style in the interior of the 2009 Acura TSX. Featuring a blend of sweeping, contemporary shapes, a high level of standard comfort and convenience features, widespread use of premium materials and an available Technology Package, this 5-passenger sports sedan offers the upscale modern interior that customers have come to expect from Acura.

From the precision-crafted metal door sills to the satin-metal finish accents, from new leather-covered seats to the steering-wheel mounted controls, and from the premium 7-speaker sound system to the dual-zone automatic climate control, the TSX represents a merge of intelligent design and innovation. For example, Bluetooth® connectivity is standard and includes a HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone interface that makes communications easier and safer while en route.

Typical of Acura, the TSX offers an exceptional level of standard equipment. Included are a standard power passenger seat, a new folding key with remote entry, new automatic headlight activation, a premium 7-speaker sound system with CD, AM/FM/XM®, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® , and USB port music interface. A HomeLink® remote control system is also standard.

Adding to the already impressive list of TSX standard equipment is the available Technology Package, which bristles with leading-edge electronics that make driving much more efficient and enjoyable. These include an Acura Navigation System with Voice RecognitionTM, AcuraLink® Real-time traffic, AcuraLink® weather, and the highly useful AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System. The navigation system also features Real-time trafficTM covering 76 major metropolitan markets, and offers Traffic Rerouting with dynamic route guidance to help navigate around slow-downs. For 2009, the TSX receives a dash-mounted electronic compass for added directional information while driving.

Included in the Technology Package is a premium sound system tuned by legendary sound engineer Elliot Scheiner. This 10-speaker Acura/ELSTM Premium Surround Sound System with DVD-Audio includes a new Note function for XM® Radio that makes it easy to identify songs to recall at a later date. With push of a button, the Note function can capture 10 seconds of up to 30 songs, along with noting text indicating song title, artist name, and XM® channel.

The 2009 Acura TSX leads the way in safety with its new Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure. Engineered into the TSX model for the first time, ACETM improves the dispersal of frontal crash energy through the use of load-bearing frame structures that better match the TSX with other vehicles of different sizes and with different bumper heights. Simply put, ACETM helps maximize the effectiveness of the TSX's front crumple zones, better dispersing crash forces before they reach the passenger compartment.

A broad range of passive safety features likewise contributes to occupant safety, including six airbags (dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, new dual-chamber front seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions). Three-point seatbelts and head restraints are provided in all seating positions, and front seatbelt load limiters with an integrated automatic tensioning system further protect the TSX driver and front passenger. A new Active Headrest Restrain System is used for the first time on the TSX, while the rear seat features a Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system that allows for the easy and secure affixing of up to two child seats. Exterior features designed to further improve safety include daytime running lights (DRL), pedestrian-injury mitigation features such as a deformable hood, hood hinges and windshield-wiper pivots, and a 5-mph front bumper and 2.5-mph rear bumper. The 2009 Acura TSX is expected to achieve the highest ratings in both government (NHTSA)** and independent (IIHS) crash testing – including garnering IIHS's TOP SAFETY PICK.

Finally, the 2009 Acura TSX is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 mile powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits of ownership include Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®) that provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      And let me guess. You don't drive RWD on a daily basis. My wife even noticed the difference when she got her G35 6MT sedan. I have driven many years in both RWD and FWD. I used to be one of those FWD FTW kind of guys until I went RWD. I still love FWD cars but I would never again say that FWD is better or that you can't tell a dif or that the average person can't tell the dif.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that an Aura? I thought it looked nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's wrong with the current 4 banger? The turbo that's in the RDX is a flop because of its unbelievably poor gas mileage.

      People aren't complaining about FWD in the TSX. Definitely in the TL since it has a much bigger engine, but it's a possibility we'll see SH-AWD in the TL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Comparing the Genesis V8 to Acura....

      Ispec are you going to buy a hyundai Genesis since you so happy about this vehicle?

      How many people on this blog are going to buy a Genesis?

      Not me.

      Re: TSX

      It sounds like Acura is making TSX a fuel efficent entry level luxury sedan since of the high gas prices. Also adding a diesel next year to back this version. I wanted to see more hp too. At least 240hp. I would rather see the TSX matched up with 3-series for engine displacement/hp and options. Bumping the TL up againist the 5-series etc. But I'm not in control of this.

      I am a Honda/Acura buyer. My loyalty is being tested.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I might buy a Genesis depending on the handling, it's sold me everywhere else.

        People who are dropping 3K on a entry level lux sedan don't want some 200HP 4cyl mated to 5 speed fail box(Acura get with the times, 6spd auto is offered on competitors car's) or that awful 6 speed manual as the only options, a V6 is NEEDED, or a great turbocharged 4 with great moddability.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those of you complaining about the lack of the turbo'd RDX engine should be advised that there may still be a possibility of a Type-S model. Honda/Acura is well aware of the performance demands of the American Auto market but still has to make decisions that take into consideration rising Fuel Economy standards and the car's price point in the market (really how many of you would buy a $35k TSX?). For what it is, the current TSX engine is still a performer in it's category.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does this mean the DTEC diesel has been delayed until 2010?
      • 7 Years Ago
      and no mention of native MP3 support?
      that's the only thing i wish my '07 TSX had
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think folks forget that Saturn ripped off the TL to get its Aura look and a few others. But I have a TL and fear what's next. The new RDX and MDX are hideous.
      I've had an Integra, RSX type S and now an 06 TL, It is by far the best car I've owned, its big, looks great and does not spend any time in the shop unlike BMW's, Volvos, or Audis. Acura is by far the best brand I've ever owned, But I will agree that Honda is ripping off BMW with its new accord and that looks are going downhill.

      But the TSX looks like it will be visually nicer and its a sweet ride for a really reasonable price with all the options built in.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree. A turbo K23 would be awesome in this new TSX - and I was truly expecting to see one. I was fairly sure that it was going to be a turbo K23 from the RDX, but rather than SH-AWD, be FWD. The car is straight up a Japanese/Euro market Accord, and wasn't designed for the AWD system at all.

      The RDX is basically a CRV platform, so adding SH-AWD wasn't a stretch since the normal CRV is AWD. Same with the MDX on the Pilot platform. The RL is it's own car, which was designed around SH-AWD, so that's a wash.

      The best we can hope for is a turbo 2.3 with an LSD as a "Type-S" model. If that happens I'll probably trade in my 6MT 2007 TSX when the time comes, but until then, I'm perfectly happy with the one I have. This new one looks nice, but there aren't enough features there to make me want it... plus I think the 06-08 MY TSXs look better anyway.

      Regarding gas mileage, I actually got my TSX over a TL because of the mileage. Nobody who rides in my TSX believes that it's got an I4 in it, nobody. I admit it might be a different story with the AT, as I've never driven one, but I still get solid performance out of a the 205hp 2.4 with six short gears, and I can easily average 28-30mpg if I don't drive like I usually do. :-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 2007 TSX gets 19/28 mpg with a paltry 164 ft-lbs.

      The 2008 Accord EX V6 gets 19/29 mpg AND has 248 fl-lbs.

      The 2008 Camry SE V6 gets 19/28 mpg and has 248 ft-lbs. The SE *is* considered to be a competent sports sedan, or as close as you can get with FWD.

      Oh, and they both cost LESS than the TSX. What is your reasoning again?
      • 7 Years Ago
      While this naturally-aspirated 2.4L package seems pretty competent, I hope Acura's planning a turbo Type-S version to rival the 6 cylinder offerings from its competitors. (V6 power somehow doesn't seem right in the TSX; save it for the TL)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree. I don't want RWD so this is perfect for me. I drove a 2005 model for about 3 weeks last year and I was very impressed. 6 speed manual gave great gas mileage and it had just enough power for me.
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