These are the first spy shots of the next Acura TL, oh wait "TLX". The "bird beak" will most likely stay, but it should be tone down like with the new RLX and MDX. I hope the TLX will take after the second and third generation TL; rather than the current model.
Acura will launch a mid-size sedan next year that will serve as the replacement for both the TL and TSX lines, and we have the first spy shots of a prototype for it.
The new sedan is expected to be labeled the TLX and fill the gap between the ILX and new RLX flagship, with Acuraís reformed lineup mimicking that of most rival makes in the luxury segment.
Underpinning the car will be a premium version of the platform underpinning the Honda Accord. Lighter materials may help engineers save weight on the Acura version.
In the powertrain department, the TLX is likely to launch initially with a version of the 3.5-liter V-6 fitted to the latest MDX and RLX models. This means an output ranging between 290 and 310 horsepower and drive going to either the front or all four wheels via a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Further down the track, Acura will launch a hybrid version of the TLX. Itís possible this hybrid TLX will adopt the advanced Acura Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system confirmed for the RLX and next-generation NSX supercar.
However, to save on costs Acura may simply install the conventional hybrid system fitted to the Accord Hybrid. This uses two electric motors, one housed essentially inside the other, sitting between the engine and transmission. One motor acts as a generator to recharge the battery during regenerative braking while the other sends drive to the wheels.
The TLX should arrive in showrooms next summer, most likely as a 2015 model. Look for a debut at one of the major North American auto shows taking place in the first half of next year.
Weíre not expecting pricing to deviate much from the mid-$30k point that the TL lists at. At this point, the carís closest competitors will likely be the Infiniti Q50 and Lexus ES.
Sadly, with the TSX being discontinued, itís likely the Honda-badged version sold overseas, the Accord Euro, will suffer a similar fate. Sales of the current Accord Euro have failed to ignite overseas, especially with the regular Accord offering much better value, so the carís demise doesnít come as much of a surprise.
Proportions look good so far, but may be too little too late. At this point I would not buy ANY Acura sedan within the first 2 model years of its life...look at the Gen 2 TSX (got much improved steering etc in its 3rd model year) and the total disaster that is the ILX.....
This brand truly peaked during the Legend/NSX days. The Gen 1 TSX and Gen 2 and 3 TL were signs of life, but that's all gone now....(Gen 2 TSX is still a decent car, best sedan in the lineup overall)
you would think that if a supposed 3rd party cameraman was able to get close enough and have the time to take these alleged multiple-angle "spy shots", he had ample opportunity to pull out a tape measure. since he did not, i suspect his paycheck has Honda printed on it. this is just a ploy to gauge interest and drum up fake pub
i'm really looking forward to this car. i still kick myself not buying the "08 TL Type-S brand new when i had the chance few years back. i'm looking for a larger sedan to replace my IS in a year or two, i will definitely keep my eyes on the TLX. my dream specs for the TLX:
Honda Earth Dream DI V6 without the cylinder deactive crap
offer a sporty variant ala Type-S, with Brembo brakes preferably
size-wise don't be larger than the new Accord sedan
standard LED headlights
Oops! I got my hopes up for about 10 seconds then came back down to earth to remember how many times we've been down this road before.... Acura is set to release an all-new sedan and it's a flop. Why break the pattern now?
auto, air, tilt wheel, and more...