Based on the chassis of the upcoming 2013 Accord, the TL (likely to be renamed the TLX) will shrink in size slightly with the TSX being phased out. This will also be one of the first Acuras to use one of the new Earth Dreams engines, sporting direct injection to deliver around 310 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the same hybrid powertrain used in the upcoming Accord will be offered, delivering as much as 45 mpg.
As for the TSX, it’s rumored to carry on in limited production, at least in V6 form.
Sliding further down the scale, the brand’s new ILX sedan will also gain a more potent Earth Dreams engine. According to Automotive News, the base 2.0-liter could be replaced by a 2.4-liter making 181 hp, although it’s more likely that a direct-injection 2.0-liter could fill the void making around 170 hp, with a more potent 2.4-liter delivering closer to 230 hp.
Those hoping the ILX would bring back the sporty coupe to Acura’s stable will, however, be disappointed to learn Honda is not planning an ILX Coupe (rendered above).
With the new 2013 RDX hitting dealers now, look for the new MDX to feature similar styling, as well as the new Earth Dreams V6 engine with added power and improved efficiency.
2014 will then bring the launch of the new NSX, using that V6 engine and two electric motors to deliver all-wheel drive grip.
Despite the new flagship performance machine, Acura is following a plan to remain a second tier luxury automaker rather than an all-out challenger to brands like BMW, Mercedes and Lexus.