Revamped style outside and new tech inside
Acura has announced that the new refined 2012 TL will hit dealers on March 18. The new car has updated looks and new technology inside. The most apparent new updates to the style are the updated front and rear. The new car also gets a 6-speed SportShift automatic transmission for better performance and economy.
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"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."
The new TL transmission also has a double kick down feature that will let the driver call up fast double downshifts when needed. The TL models all get body colored door handles in 2012 and updated taillights. The car uses drive by wire throttle and the electronics will automatically blip the throttle when downshifting to match revs and gear speeds. All auto equipped 2012 models get an external transmission cooler.
The new TL is more fuel efficient with city/highway ratings of 10/29mpg, up 3mpg over the 2011 model. The 2012 models offer two engines with a 280hp front-wheel drive TL and a 305hp V6 with the SH-AWD system. The AWD sport version will be offered with a 6-speed manual as well.
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The car gets tech inside that allows the smartphone to connect via Bluetooth and it can make calls using voice tags. That sounds a bit like Ford's Sync system. The car also uses new sealing techniques to make it quieter. The 2012 TL will start at $35,605, the technology pack cars start at $39,335 and the Advanced package goes for $41,535. The TL SH-AWD sport version starts at $39,155 and goes up to $45,085.