• Aug 9, 2008
Click above for more photos of the 2009 Acura TL

The floodgates will open on the '09 Acura TL soon enough, but in the meantime, Inside Line has posted a set of press photos and confirmed the car's final specs. As has been previously reported, there are two versions: a base 3.5L front-drive car with 285 horses and the range-topping TL SH-AWD, which gets a 305-horsepower 3.7L V6. The Type S is history, replaced in essence by the SH-AWD. Both TL models are mated to 5-speed automatics, and a stiffer chassis should help make time spent behind the wheel more engaging.

Inside, the layout is one that should be familiar to anyone who's spent time in a new Honda or Acura. Metallic-look wings arc out from a center stack topped by a multifunction LCD screen and finished at the bottom by Honda's all-in-one controller for audio/info/nav interfaces. In short, techno-gadgetry abounds. The new TL is a larger car than it predecessor, with a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase and 6.2 inches added to its overall length. Consequently, interior space also improves over the outgoing sedan.

While the current-gen TL is Acura's most attractive vehicle, we have a feeling the new-for-2009 edition may not age as gracefully. The new corporate shield grille is in place, adding bling to the nose and offering enough frontal reflective surface to repel a Klingon phaser bombardment. If you miss the obviously-an-Acura front end, you might need to do a double-take to recognize in profile thanks to a C-pillar kink that apes BMW...and Infiniti, and the Jaguar XF, just to name a few. Out back, the trunklid repeats the shield motif that started up front. Regarding the car's styling, there's much for you to discuss in the comments below. Stay tuned for plenty more information and our first drive impressions of the new TL in the days to come.


[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The TL was the nicest design Honda had. This one is a cross between Lexus mathced with the busy Accord's interior.

      The direction Honda takes is quite adventurous; consider the Pilot for ex. Even the Accord is a blend of the old Saturn L serie mixed with a BMW flavor. They are going away from what was supposed to be an economy sedan.

      They still have the favor from the media, CR and so on, but with debatable designs like these, I hope they never start to have reliability concerns.
      80% of the purchase are done or influenced by women. It seems to me that Honda still know what they like.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually the media may have had something to do with this design. The "buff books (MT, C/D, R&T) have consistently bashed Acura for turning out boring cars. After a while, that starts to hurt sales.
        Maybe they figured they couldn't afford to produce another generation of understated (but handsome) vehicles lest the auto journalism industry write them off and deny them the coverage they need.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One thing is for sure...the hideous exterior design of this '09 TL will help the remaining '08 TL's sell like hot cakes once its introduced. What a disappointment...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Time to fire your design team Acura.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like one confused car, bodylines dont make any sense...

      i am not liking new honda/acura lineups...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I could possibly get over the cylon helmet grill only if it had a red lazer traversing left/right with sound FX while ill attempting to not be mistaken for a Saturn/Mazda. However, The ass-end looks constipated! I am very attracted to the aerodynamic side view, but then I'm fantasizing about the G35. The giant center knobbed console was a huge turnoff in the Accord and to see this pounded to the TL console is degrading. If I am to ever separate from my '06 TL for a newer Acura, I want highest-tech possible with a more originally-exclusive-no copycat-Acura only patented design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The front bumper makes it look even more nose-heavy. On top of that, the design makes the wheels looks one size too small.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh! That front underbite.

      I still can't figure out what happened to the design group who did the Civic. Did Honda dump them for being too good?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly! The current Civic looks terrific. What happened?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the same unimaginative slushbox and FWD (or FWD-biased AWD), and now with an uglier exterior. What a loser. I'm sure it'll sell just fine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Acura lost some respect in my book over not offering a manual. Not that I'd ever buy this land barge, so who cares. I'm clearly not in its demographic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like they took a Chevy Malibu and beat it with an ugly stick.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where do the Honda designers get their acid and for how much?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Acura has taken a serious step back in the styling department. The fact that not one person here has said this styling looks good to them is a testiment to that. I liked the older Acura Legends but since then they have been slipping. The 04 TL was an ok design but they have just taken it and uglied it up. Acura sales have been sliding for awhile.... a trend I would expect to continue. I really don't see how a company like Honda could make such serious mistakes with regard to styling. They could probably double their sales if they just had good designers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car looks terrible from the outside. The front and read ends are a disgrace. Unlike many here I am not that impressed by the interior. Too many buttons and the materials dont even look deluxe. Sure its high tech, but its still not better than the interior of the CTS or A4.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow!! I'd love to have your superpower of foresight since you know exactly what all four materials feel like even though you haven't seen at least 2 of the 3 in person! Great job!!
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