• May 19, 2008
Acura is in the middle of a total makeover, and while we've already seen the RL and TSX, the Japanese automaker's bread and butter TL has been out of the spotlight, until now. Spy photographers have snapped up a couple shots of the 2009 TL sans the requisite crazy patterns and without most bras, leaving some poorly fit panels to throw us off.
Up front, the grille is covered, but the basic shape looks very much like the buck-tooth treatment given to the RL and TSX. The front wheel arches bulge out like the TSX to give the TL a more aggressive stance, and the concave line stretching from the A-pillar to the tail lights has been replaced by a muscular character line expanding from the front arch, helping to further accentuate the sedan's stance. Out back, a prominent V shape at the bumper and spoiler gives the TL a little more style, while the tail lights wrap to show off the TL's angles.

So far, Acura's new-look lineup has been a mix of hits and misses (more misses depending on who you ask), but the TL is the high volume stud that absolutely has to be a home run for Honda's luxury lineup to keep up with the competition. Thanks for the tip, Jose!

[Source: VTEC]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Please do not be FWD.

      I'm also disappointed in Acura's new design direction. That Zelda shield they call a grille is horrific. JDM grilles are much better. But I'm not sure which model the TL is in Japan, if there is any at all. Saber maybe?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The TL is a USDM model only based on the USDM Honda Accord and built in Ohio. I guess the closest thing in Japan would be the Honda Inspire, which is basically a USDM Accord.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't the TL the Euro Accord? I'm sure it'll be another FWD overly hyped car from Honda. It'll probably make 10 more HP but at 5000RPM higher than current too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I must say that I will hold judgement till I see one in person.

      I thought the 09 TSX was a bit odd looking in pictures, but in person it turned out to be a good looking car. More of a 'girl' car, for sure, but still a nice looking ride. I definitely prefer the prev. gen, though.
      Jon Russell
      • 6 Years Ago
      honestly, the advanced sedan concept was a cool concept... but they seemed to only take the worse elements of it into production.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear god! What happened to the ass? And why do the dimensions of
      every Acura car seem to get bigger and uglier every time?

      I'm not Acura hater, believe me. I drive an 05 Acura TL and my sister drives a TSX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The current TL is a good looking car. This thing's fugly, especially the Cadillac trunk. I do hope the new one doesn't change too much over the current one in its final form.
        FEW
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, i'm gonna call a miss on this one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully this will be better than the TSX
      http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FullTests/articleId=126300?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..3.*

      Honda should have destroked the turbo 2.3 I4 for a 200hp, 200ft-lbs engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hmm, I don't know if it will be. Whomever suggested that the grill should be installed on every model Acura produces should not only be fired, but committed, too!

        As for how the new TL looks, the rear is one of the ugliest things I've seen in a long time. Somehow, it makes me think Mitsubishi, and that's not an image you want brought to mind by a new luxury car.

        So, not only is the grill fugly, the rear seems to be as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a bit of an Acura fan and own a current model TL which I consider one of the simplest, most elegant car designs on the streets today. However, from what I can see in these spy shots, they'll probably ruin it to go along with the rest of the new lineup, and that's a damn shame.
      Oh, well. Guess my next car will sport some circles on the hood and be manufactured in Germany.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The current TL is one of the best Japanese designs on the market but I always knew Acura couldnt improve on it and I am being proven correct. The rear on this new TL looks terrible and the front overhang is still huge. Also, its sad that they are adopting the lexus high deck look which makes the car look like a hatchback. The entire rear of the car is very much like the current Maxima.
      • 6 Years Ago
      back end is odd
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, the new grill looks amazingly good on the TSX, I think. I'm not a fan of the MDX, but in person the TSX looks very nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the tsx does look better in person... even better with the body kit.. the profile shot of the tl looks to accord to me... with a little gs350 in the back... the truck says pure saturn to me!!!!
      i will reserve final judgement until we see the final version.. the great thing is even if you think this new one id fugly... think of the bargin you'll be able to get on a 2008... especially the type-s... you can already get some nice discounts!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems that it was put on a healthy McDonald's diet since the last generation, expectedly ballooning its bottom.
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