2015 Acura TLX to Shrink in Size, Grow in Power

2015 Acura TLX to Shrink in Size, Grow in Power

One of Acura’s bread-and-butter products is long overdue for a refresh and when the TL is replaced next summer it won’t just have a new name, it will also sport smaller dimensions and more power.

Expected to be called the TLX, Acura’s mid-size luxury sedan will be based on the new 2013 Honda Accord platform. That said, its dimensions will shrink somewhat from the current car.

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It is expected to feature the same Precision All-Wheel Steering system that arrived on the 2014 RLX sedan, and it’s likely that all-wheel drive will be available as an option. What isn’t yet clear is if the system will be similar to the one designed for the RLX, using hybrid motors in the rear for an electrified version of the brand’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

Under the hood, look for a smaller yet more powerful engine. Currently both a 280 hp 3.5L V6 and 305 hp 3.7L V6 are offered, though both will be discontinued in favor of a new 3.5L V6 using Honda’s latest engine technology including direct-injection.

Despite rumors to the contrary it’s expected the downsizing of the TL will mean the elimination of the TSX from the Honda luxury brand’s lineup.

[Source: AutoNews]

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  • Brandon 2013

    This is a BAD MOVE, and if the spy shots are any indication of whats to come, I dont see much of a difference in the size. But all I can do is expect to be dissapionted as usual, under powered , bland styling the usual combo for Acura.

  • PM

    if you call this bland styling then what according to you is good styling ?

  • whitneymuse

    I’ve owned the TL since April 2012; it’s the best Acura I’ve owned and waiting for this TLX since. The little trunk lid foil finished the profile and elimination of the horrid beak on pre-2012s was welcome. Paddle shifters on the wheel make freeway on off ramps a pleasure.

  • Robert Neill

    Well I’ve had two of c. 2001-2003 model ( I think that’s right, the one two models ago, long, sleek, and civilized looking); and I think the brand has gone down hill steadily ever since, having no clue about its customer base. They’ve stuck to some version of that ugly beak grill for far too long — trying to save the original designer’s face? The trunk has gotten far too small. And the overall look has gotten FAT. The TL was never a young peope’s car, it’s for people in their late 30’s, 40’s, and up, looking for something handsome, a little off the beaten path, with a good balance of performance and comfort. Something’s got to be wrong at a company that can try to sell something as absurd as the ZDX, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised they’ve screwed up what used to a truly great car. I have modest hope for the 2015. If they don’t give us a good looking, spacious, and powerful car, I’m looking elsewhere. Where the hell would that be??? No clue.

  • Zachary Zarko

    I’m in the same situation. I bought a new Acura TL Type S back in 2003. Now the car has 90,000 miles on it and I am starting to look for another new car. Unless Acura impresses me, I am going to switch to a BMW 435i with xDrive or an Audi S4 Prestige Edition.

  • Virg W.

    Perhaps Lexus?

  • Virg W.

    The only problem is that 2012 grill looks like a 2000 Chevrolet Impala and also, a 2008 Saturn Aura. Hey, I didn’t like the 2009-11 initially either but it grew on me, just like my 1996 Integra over it’s previous generation. I began to understand the designer’s thoughts. The 2009 TL is a presentation of a wild exaggeration of the previous generation, come to life.

  • Brandon2013

    Good styling the 2013 Nissan Maxima, 2013 Lexus GS, 2013 Infiniti Q50 should I go on? My issues isn’t really with the styling its the lack of powertrains that are always 2nd and 3rd to the competition. I say bland loosely because the spy pics of the 5th generation TL looks identical to the 4th generation,again years behind the competition. Acura really needs to stop thinking reliability alone is what attracts consumers, just take a look at their sales numbers in the last 4 years.

  • whitneymuse

    one can hope for the RLX 4WD system+engine; me: I’ll be disappointed with less than a discreet 6 speed or more: the articles I’ve seen is that they’re also going to CVT transmission, and that will disappoint.

  • JAlex

    Sounds like it could finally assist acura in regaining that edge they had back in the 00’s rather than it being just a pleaseant memory

  • LOUie D

    I didn’t like the TL as it was too big, the TSX build on the small Euro-Accord platform was way to small for this Yankee and his family. Hopefully the new car will run on regular gas, have decent back seat room, and maybe even a doughnut spare tire. I am just as happy with a peppy 4 as I am with a 6 as long as the transmission provides the performance I expect. And lets not forget good visibility, something badly missing from many of the newer sedans.

  • whitneymuse

    I drove the V-6 with regular gas; it’s not as powerful as the 11.1 compression used in the current TL’s engine; over the intake to the tank it says “must use premium” gas, and it’s good that they do that; more zoom zoom as the kid says.

    The Honda Accord with its V-6 is lacking in power and it’s because it uses 10.5 compression and regular gasoline.

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