2012 Acura TL Debuts At Chicago Auto Show

Following an interesting few years and numerous criticisms about the beaver tooth grille, Acura has redesigned the TL sedan for the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.

The 2012 Acura TL debuted today at the Chicago Auto Show and first things first, the sedan looks much better, but don’t expect a whirlwind of change, as one can still easily recognize the TL shape. When the current-generation TL hit the eyes it could cause serious damage and in return, net eye doctors large sums of money that they could go spend at the Lexus dealer. The 2012 version, on the other hand, might force those same doctors to downgrade to a Toyota, because the exterior design has been toned down and looks more like an enlarged TSX in the front.

While the look was atrocious, the TL did offer some pleasing attributes, such as numerous technological toys and decent driving dynamics. In fact, the SH-AWD with the six-speed manual was stunning on the road. All of that should remain intact for this 2012 version, as the refresh hasn’t tampered with the engine.

The 2012 Acura TL will come with the same 3.5- and 3.7-liter V6 engines, but a new six-speed automatic is available to improve the sedan’s performance and fuel efficiency. To help with grip, Acura has given the SH-AWD a set of 19-inch all-season tires that are fitted to alloy wheels, in the hopes that snow driving will become a tad easier.

The inside of the 2012 TL has been given numerous improvements in the attempt to reduce wind and road noise. The HDD system has been upgraded to 60 gigabytes that will allow owners to store more music than ever before. If buyers opt for the new Advance Package, Acura will toss in blind spot monitoring and cooled front seats, as well as a few other features.

The 2012 Acura TL should arrive in showrooms later this year.

[Acura]

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