September 4, 2003
Acura introduces redesigned TL sedan
Torrance, California – Acura unveiled its all-new 2004 Acura TL performance luxury sedan yesterday. The redesigned TL features a new powertrain, chassis enhancements and new styling.
Along with the added performance, the TL also receives DVD-Audio surround sound, and hands-free phone connectivity utilizing Bluetooth technology as standard equipment.
“We’ve taken the TL to a new level of performance, style and handling and added some exclusive new technology that increases our competitive edge,” said Tom Elliott, Executive Vice President, Auto Operations. “We’ve increased the horsepower to 270 and that means the new TL, whether equipped with a manual or an automatic transmission, offers more performance than the previous TL Type-S model.”
The 2004 TL’s 3.2-litre, 24-valve, all-aluminum VTEC engine utilizes an 11.0:1 compression ratio, a two-stage intake manifold and a cold air intake to help generate 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 238 lbs-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm (up from 225 hp and 216 lbs-ft
for the ’03 TL and 260 hp and 232 lbs-ft of torque on the ’03 TL Type-S). Despite the added horsepower, estimated fuel mileage ratings are the same as the previous engine. In addition to the new powerplant, the 2004 TL features a drive-by-wire throttle system.
On sale this fall, the 2004 TL will be available with a choice of a 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, or a close-ratio 6-speed manual, a first for TL. The new 6-speed manual features a short throw shift linkage, large diameter shift cables and multi-cone synchronizers for optimum shift feel.
The TL’s chassis and 4-wheel independent suspension have been redesigned, and a new standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system works in concert with the drive-by-wire throttle system to provide enhanced control during acceleration, braking and cornering.
The 2004 TL incorporates standard side curtain airbags to help protect vehicle occupants from head and neck injuries in the event of a side impact. To ensure that the airbag covers the front and rear side windows instantaneously, compressed helium inflators deploy the curtain in a mere 0.015 seconds. The TL is also equipped with dual-stage, dual-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s airbags, and side airbags for the driver and front passenger. The passenger’s side airbag uses seven sensors in the seatback and side bolster to determine the height and position of the occupant. If the sensors detect that a child or small-statured adult is leaning into the deployment path of the side airbag, deployment is prevented.