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Acura has announced that it will debut the newly refreshed 2012 TL at the Chicago Auto Show next month. Details are slim as of this writing, but the automaker says that the 2012 model "further enhances its position in the segment with aggressive, yet refined styling and performance."

In its current form, the TL has been praised for its high-quality and tech-friendly interior, not to mention the relatively impressive driving dynamics of the SH-AWD 6MT model. However, the biggest deal-breaker for the current TL has been its styling, which has garnered a whole slew of negative praise – especially the angular front fascia. We'll have the full details on the 2012 TL closer to its official debut on February 9, so stay tuned.

[Source: Acura]
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Newly Refined 2012 Acura TL To Debut At Chicago Auto Show

Acura today announced it will debut the newly refined 2012 TL at the Chicago Auto Show. The TL, which recently received the 2011 ALG Residual Value Award for Best Near Luxury Car, further enhances its position in the segment with aggressive, yet refined styling and performance.

Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales, will introduce the production vehicle at the press conference, to be held on February 9, 2011 in the Acura booth. The press conference will be webcast live on www.acuranews.com.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      hopefully it will lose the beak as well some mass. This thing has just gotten too big.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Too big maybe, but it is practically replacing the RL as the big flagship car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @heavygear - exactly. this is acura, purveyors of sportwagens weighing in over 3500lbs with 170lb ft of torque, expect nothing in the way of lightening or more driver focusing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They better ditch the 5spd auto.
        • 4 Years Ago
        8 or 9 speed auto please!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Screw that....kill the manual 6-speed.

        and you better go with at least 10 speed in the Automatic.

        /end sarcasm
      • 4 Years Ago
      This unveiling should be, uh, interesting? Im preparing for yet another Honda/Acura let down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Judging by Honda's recent decisions, the beak will still be there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please, oh please, lose the buck-tooth grill. Acura, your styling has gone astray the past few years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some day Acura will know what it wants to be as a car company. Unfortunately that day appears to still be far away
      • 4 Years Ago
      I miss the second generation Legend. I take that back. I miss most acuras from the early 90's. Integra/Legend/Vigor/NSX. Except for their rebadged Isuzu Trooper, the company knew what people wanted and built it. It took years for a car company to make a better looking sedan after the Legend stopped being sold and they started with the TL.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every time I see a legend, especially the two door, I pause for a moment in silence for Honda and the out-beige-Toyota brand the aspire to be today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IMO, aside from the styling issue, it really isn't that fast for the displacement and hp its pushing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd say 0-60 in 5.2s and 1/4 mile in 13.7s for the TL is darn impressive. And compared to it's competition also.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uhhh the SH-AWD 6 speed is pretty darn quick given its relatively low HP figure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      After walking the Detroit show twice this past week I noticed on both days very few people visited the Acura display. There was no wait to see any of their cars and along with Mazda and Scion they were one of the least populated displays as a whole. Lexus had great traffic both trips, Hyundai and Kia as well. BYD had about as many people as Acura did looking at it's cars and it's display was a 1/4 of Acura.

      Given the traffic at other import displays no one can say that it's just because it's Detroit. Some of the people I talked with while looking at the current TL called it "ugly" and worse. One guy was pretty upset that they ruined it and didn't know what to buy next because he had the previous TL. He went so far to say he might buy a Lexus hybrid! I told him to check out an Infiniti M or even a G if he liked sporty cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most Acura cars weren't sporty cars. They did have models that catered to the enthusiasts like the TL type S and RSX type S. Acuras are good all around cars, jack of all trades type cars.

        "Given the traffic at other import displays no one can say that it's just because it's Detroit."

        I'm pretty sure that sample size is a good reflection of automotive taste for the whole country. I see many 4th gen Acura TLs here in nyc. Not as many as 3rd gen but still quite alot of ppl are buying them here. And forget about crossovers. So many ppl here buy RDXs and MDXs. I can't give you sales figures for nyc but it's ridiculously common. I do think they have to improve the styling of the TL a bit. It's otherwise a fantastic car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the answer to Acura's woes are pretty simple. .


        I don't think anything is fundamentally wrong with either Honda or Acura. I think they've just become soulless and ugly to consumers.

        If I were honda, I'd:
        1. get rid of the beaks.
        1a. get rid of the RL. Bury it. Deep.
        2. successor to the NSX as shown above.
        3. Integra with a direct injection turbo making around 250hp (honda can just as easily take the powerplant from the RSX and cram it in the new civic).
        4. Continue exactly what you've been doing with the MDX.
        5. Overhaul the RDX. A crossover with seats that don't fold flat is pathetic.
        6. The next generation of TSX should fit the 3.7 liter from the TL type S, and have SH-AWD.

        do those 6 things, and acura differentiates itself really nicely from its competitors. I think Acura needs to establish itself as the performance japanese luxury brand. Honestly though, considering how much of Honda's global sales come from Acura it's doubtful it will ever happen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I never said all Acura's were sporty. I specifically mentioned that the guy had a TL and regardless of it being S-Type trim or not, I consider it a sporty large car.

        You may have lost that when trying to be snarky in your comment regarding the sample size. I was not conducting an experiment or study but rather making a simple observation so relax. It's no different thant the comment you made about them being the CUV's being everywhere in NYC. It's just your observation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get rid of the ugly grille.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do they think wedges of chrome-painted plastic are "aggressive, yet refined styling"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      newly refreshed 2012 TL

      Ummmmm, no thanks.
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