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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.



 

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That is an ENORMOUS upgrade from the styling of the previous model. It's still not my favorite, but it's a great step in the right direction. Way to go, Acura!
 

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During the presentation, Acura's Jeff Conrad acknowledged that the bold look was not well received. Like I said at another forum, these changes would at least put the car back on the list of potential buyers again.
 

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That is an ENORMOUS upgrade from the styling of the previous model. It's still not my favorite, but it's a great step in the right direction. Way to go, Acura!
+1!! It will be interesting to see what this does to the already anemic sales of the current TL.
 

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I really like what they've done to the front, but I still can't make myself like the rear. Just my .02
 

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It's a little more aesthetically pleasing than it's present predecessor but it's still going to be tough for Acura to compete with it's share in the market considering 2012 Mercedes's redesigned C-class
 

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I like it. Acura did a good job correcting what they could on the TL without completely changing their original idea.

Just imagine the discounts you'll be able to pull on the last 2011's when these start rolling out :eek:.
 

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It doesn't contain the words I would want to hear most: A new 6 speed transmission designed by anybody but Acura.............
 

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It doesn't contain the words I would want to hear most: A new 6 speed transmission designed by anybody but Acura.............
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It doesn't contain the words I would want to hear most: A new 6 speed transmission designed by anybody but Acura.............
My favorite is "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"

mmmm... future shudder

Front looks like a 2008 saab 9-5
 

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It looks much better than the '09-'11 models. The change will probably help sales for the '12 model but I bet the resell value on the previous buck tooth model will drop.
 

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Where are the new wheel designs? The five spoke ones they have on there now are the same ones that come with the HPT package right now.
 

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Definite improvement! Finally the front grille doesn't look like a buck-toothed bottle opener! LOL The rear looks better with the toned down reflectors in the bumper. IMO the TSX and the MDX are the best looking of the Acura line up. Now they need to do something with the RL!
 
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