2012 Acura TL. Click image to enlarge
2012 Acura TL
Toronto, Ontario – Appearing for the first time in Canada at the Toronto auto show, the redesigned 2012 Acura TL features a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission, upgraded technology and features as well as revised appearance.
“The 2012 Acura TL is refined, yet aggressive,” said Alexandre Roger, assistant vice president with Canada’s Acura Division. “Already known for its performance and superb handling, the enhanced TL provides a sophisticated new look and new technologies designed to take TL to the next level.”
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 10.4 /6.8 L/100 km (TL & TL Tech 6AT), 11.4 / 7.6 L/100 km (SH-AWD 6AT models ) and 11.9/8.0 L/100 km (SH-AWD Tech 6MT model), providing an increase in highway fuel economy over the 2011 TL. To further improve operating efficiency, the TL’s standard 3.5-litre V-6 engine receives a host of friction-reduction technologies while a revised air inlet system provides cooler air for both the 3.5-litre and 3.7-litre engines.
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.
For 2012, two distinct versions of Acura’s performance luxury sedan remain: a 280-horsepower, front-wheel-drive TL, as well as a powerful 305-horsepower TL paired with Acura’s exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The performance-minded model with a 6-speed manual transmission will be offered in the 2012 TL SH-AWD line-up, helping broaden the TL’s appeal among luxury performance sedan buyers.
Also available is a new TL SH-AWD Elite trim that incorporates all-new ventilated front seats, a new blind spot information (BSI) system that alerts the driver of other vehicles that are in close proximity, and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with all-season tires.