• Jul 11, 2008
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The 2009 Acura TL is coming this fall, and Acura has released the first official image of the car. Acura's love-it-or-hate-it new shield-grille face is affixed to the front end of the new sedan, which also sports thin, slanted headlamps and a pair of angular lower intakes. A pronounced accent line sweeps down from back to front, where it leads directly into a very pronounced wheel arch. Looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to see the car's posterior.

Two TL flavors will be offered, confirming the preview report that we ran back in April. Honda doesn't announce powertrain specifics other than to confirm that the new TL will be available with Acura's SH-AWD system and also offer the marque's "most powerful engine ever." We assume that to mean the 300-horsepower 3.7L engine used in the RL and MDX will also be making an appearance in the TL. Based on what we were told back in April, look for a 280-horsepower 3.5L to serve as the base engine in the FWD car.

So, now that you've had your first look at the new TL, tell us what you think.


[Source: Acura]

PRESS RELEASE:
All-New 2009 Acura TL to Debut This Fall

07/10/2008 -TORRANCE, Calif. - The all-new, completely redesigned 2009 Acura TL employs dramatic new styling along with a luxurious interior that includes more driver relevant technology than ever. Featuring the most powerful Acura engine ever, the 2009 TL will be available in two distinctive versions including the first ever application of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(SH-AWD) on TL. Available in the fall of 2008, the new TL will deliver a driving experience that achieves new highs within the performance luxury sedan category.

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 270 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan, the turbocharged RDX luxury crossover SUV and the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't mind the braceface in person, at least on the TSX. It just doesn't seem to photograph well.

      That said, I still voted for the '08 TL. I don't hate the new one, but IMO the current one still looks better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks better, except the grill. Man Acura's used ot be awesome looking, but ever since 1995 when they killed the Legend they have been boring.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if you swint really really hard it does look like a camry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's true!! I squinted and it worked, lol!

        It does look good nonetheless, if not a little too busy; better than the TSX or RL IMO. I also do like the lower intakes. A little '90s touch I guess...

        Let's just hope they didn't screw the driving dynamics too much, like they apparently did with the TSX (TTAC review)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didnt like the spy photos but this looks alot better....and it better be...because the TL is Acura's best seller so they definalty couldnt drop the ball on this one or they'd be in hell of alot of trouble...still looks too much like a Nissan Maxima from the side view IMO and I still dont like the grill, but this is the best one to incoprate the new grill compared to the horrable RL...hopfully the aftermarket will address the grill issue...and I wish the would have kept the LED side markers but U win some U lose some....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks amazing. I have no doubt the grill will be pretty stunning.

      I find the hatred to be a little annoying. It's not photogenic, but looks quite decent in person. Like someone else mentioned, this will be stunning because it was built from the ground up with the grill as a part of that theme--not simply adapted.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, it looks like theres No ACURA in it at all. Acura's design language is gone. The 08 TL was nice looking car. It was sporty and aggressive and maybe needed an evolutionary change. This looks like if a G35 sedan and a Honda Accord 4dr mated. Its a bad mish mash. This thing aint gonna sell. Acura must have monkeys in the design team, cause I guess thats what a room of them could come up with.. Acura's going to be extinct in 5 years if they keep making cars like this...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rather ugly compared to my 05 TL. I can't stand the front-end styling.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone think the shape of this car is somewhat reminiscent of the Lexus GS?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, seven pages and counting of comments, based off of one picture! A cheer has just arisen from the designers, I guarantee it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually think it looks great! With that shape though, It might get confused with a Hyundai Genesis. Well, they'll probably confuse the Hyundai Genesis for an Acura TL
      • 6 Years Ago
      +1 on Torrent's comment!

      This one isn't so bad, but the RL - which is a very competent, albeit conservative car - WTF!

      Transformer, Iron Giant or Hell Boy. From which one of these has Acura taken their inspiration for this new, helmet face.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here goes ... The new TL is really hot! The grille is consistent with the entire line and looks fine. The TL looks more refined and more sporty than the TSX at the same time.
      This is Acura's hottest car ever and it's going to give BMW, Lexus and others something to be worried about-Go Acura!

      • 6 Years Ago
      MATTE BLACK WITH 20" BLACK WHEELS. WORKS.
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