Acura announced this week that the revamped 2012 Acura TL will go on sale March 18. The midsize TL sedan has a freshened-up look and new detailing.
The 2012 TL's new look incorporates improved aerodynamics with a redesigned front bumper, a revised grille, and a shorter front overhang. The most noticeable change to the rear bumper is the repositioned license plate opening, smaller rear reflectors, and thinner rear-trunk edge trim. The new TL also has body-colored door handles and rear window trim.
"With the 2009 TL, the exterior design was a lot about passion," said Damon Schell, senior designer of Acura Design Studio. "With the 2012 TL, we pushed for an increased level of sophistication."
A six-speed automatic transmission (a six-speed manual transmission on the 6MT) replaces the five-speed automatic in the 2011 model. The TL is available in two versions, a 280 horsepower, front-wheel-drive model and a 305 horsepower model. The TL offers 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway--an increase of 3 mpg in highway driving over the 2011 model. The TL SH-AWD has increased fuel efficiency by 1 mpg, to 18 city and 26 highway.
The new TL also has a few technology upgrades, including a refinement of Bluetooth Audio (now with artist's name, song title, etc.), Bluetooth upgrades, dial-by-number and dial-by-voice tags, and a faster connection speed for the USB port. A 60 gigabyte hard-drive delivers an updated infotainment system for maps, audio, and other features.
The TL will start at $35,605, or $39,335 with an available technology package, or $41,535 with the available advance package. The TL SH-AWD will have an MSRP start at $39,155, or $42,885 with an available technology package, or $45,085 with the available advance package. The TL SH-AWD 6MT with the technology package starts at $42,885.
"The 2012 Acura TL is refined, yet aggressive," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "Already known for its great performance, the enhanced TL has a sophisticated new look and an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission that will take performance to the next level."