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If Acura's new sedan falls "squarely" between the RSX and TL, it should be priced in the mid-$20,000 range and could be powered by the same 2.4-liter, 160-hp, inline-four found in the Accord.
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Honda is set to expand its luxury brand's vehicle lineup next spring when it will begin production of another Acura luxo-sport sedan. The new vehicle, "positioned squarely between" the RSX coupe and TL sedan per an Acura press release, "will go head-to-head with other premium sports sedans from Europe and Japan." The sedan will make its worldwide debut at the Detroit show next month. Competition at the show will include Nissan's refreshed 2004 Maxima and a Performance Package 3 Series alongside a refreshed base model from BMW.

The RSX carries a $20,000 base price and is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four capable of 160-hp and 141 lb-ft; the RSX Type S ups horsepower to 200 and the price to $23,000. The $29,000 TL is powered by a 225-horse 3.2-liter V6; the $31,000 TL Type S is capable of 260-hp.

If the new sedan falls "squarely" between the RSX and TL, it should be priced in the mid-$20,000 range and could be powered by the same 2.4-liter inline-four found in the Accord, which puts out 160-hp. As of right now, the Acura and Honda lineups do not include a rear-drive sedan to go head-to-head with vehicles such as the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G35 and there is little indication the new sedan, albeit with a "race-bred" suspension, will change that.

Acura's new sedan will be outfitted with the same luxury touches as other vehicles in the lineup, a list that includes optional navigation. Planned exterior touches include 17-inch wheels and short front and rear overhangs.
 

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Detroit, MI 12/12/2002 -- Acura will debut an all-new sports sedan at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in January.

The new Acura sedan will go head-to-head with other premium sports sedans from Europe and Japan. It will combine a state-of-the-art, high performance i-VTEC engine and race-bred suspension with a luxuriously appointed cabin boasting the latest technological advancements and room to comfortably seat four.

The 2004 model will give Acura an entry level luxury vehicle positioned squarely between the hot-selling RSX sports coupe and the 3.2 TL luxury performance sedan. Exterior styling highlights include an aggressively chiseled design with short front and rear overhangs and 17-inch wheels and tires. Inside, the driver-oriented cockpit features a long list of high-tech appointments and luxury features.

The new car is slated to go on sale in spring of 2003.
 

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hmmm..the front of the car looks vaguely similar to another Acura product.:rolleyes:
 

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