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Acura has yanked the sheets off of the latest take on its bread-and-butter TL at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. In the face of much criticism, the Japanese automaker's stylists have set about taking some of the edge off of the sedan's styling with a fresh front fascia that goes some way toward making the vehicle look more like a car and less like Picaso's interpretation of one. The 2012 TL now wears shorter overhangs both front and rear, and the new look includes shedding the chrome trim from around the rear taillamps for a look that's altogether more appetizing than the previous iteration.

A few changes have cropped up under the hood as well. Acura engineers managed to cut engine friction to increase fuel economy, and a new six-speed automatic transmission helps bump the final figures to 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. That's an increase of three mpg highway over the five-speed automatic-equipped 2010 model. Fans of the third pedal need not fret, though. Acura says that buyers will still be able to snag their 2012 TL SH-AWD with the same six-speed manual setup that's currently available.

Inside, TL Advance trim now comes with a blind-spot awareness system and ventilated heated and cooled seats, while the TL Tech boasts a 60-gig hard-drive based navigation and entertainment system. Hit the jump for the full press blast.


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Newly Refined 2012 Acura TL Debuts At Chicago Auto Show

Fresh Looks, a New 6-speed Automatic Transmission and Upgraded Technology Highlight 2012 TL Changes

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 9, 2011 – Making its debut at the 2011 Chicago Auto show, Acura's newly refined TL delivers fresh looks, improved performance and upgraded technology. Most apparent are the visual changes that incorporate new front and rear styling, but also present is a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission for improved performance and fuel economy, a revised interior and a host of technology upgrades.

"The 2012 Acura TL is refined, yet aggressive," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales.

"Already known for its great performance, the enhanced TL has a sophisticated new look and an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission that will take performance to the next level."

The 2012 TL's refined new look includes a redesigned front bumper with improved aerodynamics, a revised grille, updated headlights and turn signals, a new fog light design and a shorter front overhang. At the rear, a new rear bumper incorporates a significantly repositioned license plate opening and smaller rear reflectors, while updated taillights and a thinner rear trunk edge trim add to a sophisticated new look.
To increase performance, a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission is applied on all TL models with automatic transmission. In addition to incorporating engineering enhancements aimed at improving efficiency, a sport-minded double-kick-down feature lets the driver command a double downshift- such as from Fifth to Third gear. The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system also creates a "blip" of the throttle to help match gear speeds while downshifting.

In addition, the transmission teams with a new multi-clutch torque converter that not only reduces heat build-up during operation, but also allows for lock-up activation during a much wider range of driving conditions- which helps generate improved fuel economy. As a result, city/highway fuel economy is now 20/29 mpg*- an increase of 3 mpg in highway driving over the 2011 TL. To further improve operating efficiency, the TL's standard 3.5L V-6 engine receives a host of friction-reduction technologies while a revised air inlet system provides cooler air for both the 3.5L and 3.7L engines.

For 2012, two distinct versions of Acura's performance luxury sedan remain: a 280 horsepower, front-wheel-drive TL along with a powerful 305 hp TL paired with Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™). The performance-minded 6MT model will continue to be offered in the 2012 TL SH-AWD lineup, helping broaden the TL's appeal among luxury performance sedan buyers.

Both the TL and TL SH-AWD™ models offer an available Technology Package which includes the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, and an Acura/ELS Surround® 410-watt Premium Audio System. For 2012, the hard disk drive (HDD) based navigation system increases in size to 60 gigabytes, map coverage is more expansive, USB connection speed is faster, and the full VGA monitor is brighter with even richer colors. Also available is a new Advance Package that incorporates all-new ventilated front seats along with a new blind spot information (BSI) system that alerts the driver of other vehicles that are in close proximity.

Standard on the 2012 TL are new 17x8-inch 7-spoke aluminum wheels with P245/50R17 all-season tires for confident year-round performance. The TL SH-AWD® comes standard with 18x8-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels with low-profile P245/45R18 tires for more agile handling. Finally, when equipped with the available Advance Package, the TL comes with 18x8-inch 5-spoke wheels while TL SH-AWD™ is fitted with19x8-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels with new performance minded P245/40R19 all-season tires.

Along with every new Acura, the new 2012 TL is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 miles powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits of ownership include Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.

Acura

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 270 dealers within the United States. The 2011 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan and all-new Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX luxury crossover SUV, the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.

For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com. For additional media information, please go to www.acuranews.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Error 404: Interior photos not found.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Horrible! Just when you think the TL couldn't get any uglier! Why is Acura going out of their way to make their cars less and less appealing?!? Don't get it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks better and a 6 speed automatic (finally). Have to admit they're making progress.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mazdaspeed6,

      Overall Acura sales have improved, Acura TL sales have tanked. Last month I believe they sold under 2,000 TL's last month. The previous generation outsold cars like the Lexus ES350, which I believe last month also sold around 4,000 units. The previous generation TL used to total over 5K units a month. It's sales are way off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still unimpressed by the Acura Bonneville SSEi.
      • 4 Years Ago
      C'mon Acura...i gave you a second chance...it still does not work.
      Now i am ready for a Genesis 4.6 sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Front end looks better but the butt is still butt ugly and overdone Japanese Transformers styling. The overall shape of the car is too generic, like someone took an Altima and tacked on some overwrought front and rear ends.

      Hopefully the next time they redo the TL from the ground up they'll get it right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thumbs up on the re worked rear bumper...

      I guess at this point it's just baby steps for Honda.
      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really miss the second generation TL it still looks like such a great car. Wake up Honda! You're killing Acura!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        It basically looks like they grafted a TSX grill onto the old TL body. It makes the car less offensive to my eyes but it doesn't make the TL any more appealing. I don't get all of Honda's hoopla over the redesign. Woo-freakin-hoo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        It's really amazing that Acura (and Honda, too) has such a horrible design language.

        Acura's initial designs were so simple and iconic. 25 years later they have devolved into something gimmicky and frankly ugly.

        This facelift is like trying to fix a bad nose job. Can't ever fix broken cartilage and every attempt to do so just makes it look even worse.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Its official, someone at Acura design should loose a job. They are out of ideas at this point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        @ Mazdaspeed6

        TL sales are actually worse now than the 1st-generation. It started off selling as good if not better, but they've tapered off *a lot*.

        This car is an aesthetic nightymare. Although the grill is supposed to be cleaner, there are so many unresolved lines and creases that it's painful on the eyes. The grill "beak" line doesn't line up with anything, there are three different horizontal lines just floating there and clashing. The vents near the foglights look too busy, and there's even more going on with the added bumper crease below the grill.

        The refresh literally looks like Acura trying to clean up a mess and making it worse. Even if they ditched the grill, the front looks very tall because the headlight/grill sit high above the front end. There's also that repulsive character-line kink on the front wheel well... it's almost as though they want to highlight the fact that the car is FWD. From the A-pillar back it actually looks pretty nice from the side, but not enough to compensate for the rest of the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I couldn't agree more. I love all the new tech they have crammed in the 2012 and the power/mpg numbers mated to a proper 6speed manual w/ AWD... all you need to do is simply plop it all in the 2003 TL body design and I'd run for the dealership!!

        Please please Honda... stop killing Acura in the United States.
        Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        MS6 I have seen the new TL and have driven it and while its nice I do not like it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I think it is a nice car wjile not the best out there but still easy on the eyes from certain angles.. I don;t know what it is but it just reminds me of a 1970;s Oldsmobile cutless muscle car in a arkword way...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Everybody does not find Acuras ugly and Acura's increased sales support my statement. I respect everybody's opinion but as a frequent driver of the TL I can most people are intrigued and interested in the car.

        Like many of you, I thought the car was a little awkward also until I actually took the time to examine it in person and not online.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I have a 2000 second gen TL and its a great looking car. I also really like the way the 90s 3.5RL looks. Even today those RLs still look great.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        @Mazdaspeed6 I agree, it looks way better in person as you are able to see the profile and proportions much better. This design becomes meaningless when you neuter it, and they should either keep the current model, or come up with something entirely new.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Acura is up. So is the whole luxury market. You have to look pretty far down the list of luxury makes to find one doing worse than Acura (as in Lincoln). Even Infiniti is closing in on passing Acura just like Nissan is closing in on Honda.

        I find this grill less laughable than the bird beak. I have seen more than my share of the bird beak in real life and I still struggle not to laugh when I see it (especially when you get to see one in what I call Bluebird Blue). Thankfully they don't sell them in Yellow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I miss the 1st generation Acura Legend.

        http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/06/Acura-Legend-coupe.jpg/800px-Acura-Legend-coupe.jpg

        I still think that this is one of their best designs (not counting the NSX of course).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yawn AB yawn...Move on, this is the second acura blog I've seen today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gagarin inspired... Brighton Beach edition
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Hazdaz


      I agree! The Acura Legend was an awesome car, though I like the second gen coupe a little better. ;)


      Not a fan of the new Acura styling (seen in person and driven) and I won't be trading in my '08 TSX for a new one. I was honestly hoping for more out of this 2012 "face lift".
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