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New 2012 Acura TL Debuts at Chicago Auto Show



Sleek and refreshed, the newest version of Acura’s best-selling model, the TL performance luxury sedan, bowed Wednesday at the Chicago Auto Show. While the car’s exterior appearance may be only slightly revised, the changes are significant in that they cumulatively add up to a tauter, more aggressive look. In addition, the 2012 Acura TL boasts a new six-speed automatic transmission.

Acura says the TL’s new look includes redesigned front and rear bumpers, revised grille, new fog light design, updated headlights, taillights and turn signals – and a shorter front overhang. The result is a shorter overall length and a lengthened hood.

 

Power for the TL lineup is still the same: 280-horsepower 3.5-liter and 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 engines carried over from the 2011 model year. But the mating with the new six-speed automatic trannies – which Acura calls Sequential SportShift --  results in a 3-mpg fuel economy improvement, rated at 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway. But the double kick-down feature of the Sequential SportShift allows drivers to command a double downshift – say, from fifth to third gear. The Drive-by-Wire throttle system helps match gear speeds while downshifting. A six-speed manual transmission is still offered on the 2012 Acura TL Super-Handling AWD model.

Other changes include a larger, 60GB hard disc drive (HDD)-based navigation system, more expansive map coverage, faster USB connection speed, and full VGA monitor that’s brighter and features richer colors. A new Advance Package is available that incorporates all-new ventilated front seats and a blind spot information system to alert the driver of vehicles in close proximity.

New wheels – 17-inch seven-spoke aluminum (TL) and 17-inch five-spoke aluminum (SH-AWD) are standard. With available Advance Package, TL comes with 18-inch five-spoke wheels, while SH-AWD is fitted with 19-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels with new performance minded all-season tires.

Overall, not huge changes, but Acura already had a winner with the 2011 TL. For families seeking a performance luxury sedan, the 2012 Acura TL may just fit the bill.

For more information, be sure to read Nelson Ireson’s coverage of the 2012 Acura TL on MotorAuthority.

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  1. I have a 2007, much Better looking than this car! What is Acura doing? They insist on that butt ugly chunk of metal on the front. I'm looking at a BMW now.
     
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  2. what is Acura doing indeed ?? Has the entire design team gone on a drinking binge ? Shame on them for destroying the look of a fabulous car ... I have a 2006 TL and the new 2012 TL's looks don't even come close.
     
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  3. @ Kevin and Sandra - Thanks for the incisive comments. There's no question the new Acura TL look generates a love it or not emotion in consumers. The final denominator will be how TL does in sales. For that, we'll have to wait a while. Thanks, again for commenting.
     
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  4. I bought a 2007 Acura TL in early '09, when i came back from an Iraq deployment. After two years, i absolutely love it; i still get compliments from strangers. The 2012 TL model looks like a toyota camry and has drifted away from the sporty, chiseled look of the 3rd gen TLs. It doesn't look as aggressive as my 2007 acura TL, but i applaud Acura for making changes from the horrid 4th Gen models. Regardless, when i start searching for a new car, i'll definitely check-up on Acura, because their knack for revolutionizing the way sports sedans look may very well have skipped a generation or two. Good luck Acura, i'm rooting for you!
     
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