2012 Acura TL goes on sale


Acura looked at its middle child, made the decision, and rushed said child to the plastic surgeon. Rhinoplasty ensued (a redesigned front bumper, a revised grille, updated headlights and turn signals, a new fog light design and a shorter front overhang). The results are a definite improvement. There was a bit of a butt lift as well (new rear bumper with repositioned license plate opening, smaller rear reflectors, updated taillights, and a thinner rear trunk edge). The interior surfaces were massaged, car tech was upgraded, and a new transmission was added. The TL is available with a 3.5-liter (280 hp) and the TL with SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) comes with a 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp). Both models receive the new six-speed automatic and the SH-AWD has the option of a six-speed manual tranny. Fuel efficiency is improved through engine enhancements and the new transmissions. TLs come with 17-inch alloys and the SH-AWD model gets the 18-inch wheels (shown). Two packages are available the Technology (Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, and an Acura/ELS Surround® 440-watt Premium Audio System) and Advance (ventilated front seats, larger wheels and a new blind spot information [BSI] system) Packages that can be added to the FWD or SH-AWD models. TL pricing starts at $35,605 (plus taxes, license, fees) and goes all the way to $45,085 for a TL SH-AWD with both packages. The new 2012 Acura TL will be at your dealer on March 18. Check it out.

Source: Acura - Press release, spec and features charts after the jump.


Press Release:
Newly Refined 2012 Acura TL On Sale March 18

Fresh Looks, a New 6-speed Automatic Transmission and Upgraded Technology Highlight 2012 TL Changes

On sale March 18, Acura's newly refined TL delivers fresh looks, improved performance and upgraded technology. Most apparent are the visual changes that incorporate new front and rear styling, but also present is a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission for improved performance and fuel economy, revised interior appointments, a host of technology upgrades and numerous NVH improvements to make for an even quieter cabin.

"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 2012 TL's refined new look includes a redesigned front bumper with improved aerodynamics, a revised grille, updated headlights and turn signals, a new fog light design and a shorter front overhang. At the rear, a new rear bumper incorporates a significantly repositioned license plate opening and smaller rear reflectors, while updated taillights and a thinner rear trunk edge trim add to a sophisticated new look. For 2012, all TL models now receive 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, Acura Design Studio. "With the 2012 TL, we pushed for an increased level of sophistication."

Powertrain
To increase performance, a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission is applied on all TL models fitted with an automatic transmission. In addition to incorporating engineering enhancements aimed at improving efficiency, a sport-minded double-kick-down feature lets the driver command a double downshift— such as from Fifth to Third gear. The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system also creates a "blip" of the throttle to help match gear speeds while downshifting. Previously, only the TL SH-AWD® made use of an external transmission cooler, but for 2012 all models of the TL (with automatic transmission) are now fitted with an external transmission cooler.

The transmission teams with a new multi-clutch torque converter that not only reduces heat build-up during operation, but also allows for lock-up activation during a much wider range of driving conditions— which helps generate improved fuel economy. As a result, city/highway fuel economy for the TL is now 20/29 mpg*— an increase of 3 mpg in highway driving over the 2011 model. The TL SH-AWD® equipped with the new 6-speed automatic transmission increases by 1 mpg in both city and highway fuel economy to 18/26 mpg. Matched with the transmission is a new final drive gear ratio that allows for more relaxed cruising on the highway.

To further improve operating efficiency, the TL's 3.5L V-6 engine receives a host of friction-reduction technologies including a new plateau-honing technique for the cylinders, piston skirts with a new molybdenum coating, redesigned ion-plated piston rings and lower viscosity engine oil. In addition, both the 3.5L and 3.7L engines make use of a revised inlet system that provides cooler air to feed the engine.

Chassis
For 2012, two distinct versions of Acura's performance luxury sedan remain: a 280 horsepower, front-wheel-drive TL along with a powerful 305 hp TL paired with Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). The performance-minded 6MT model (with 6-speed manual transmission, handling and steering improvements) will continue to be offered in the 2012 TL SH-AWD® lineup, helping broaden the TL's appeal among luxury performance sedan buyers.

Standard on the 2012 TL are new 17x8-inch 7-spoke aluminum wheels with P245/50R17 all-season tires for confident year-round performance. The TL SH-AWD® comes standard with new 18x8-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels with low-profile P245/45R18 tires for more agile handling. When equipped with the available Advance Package, the TL comes with 18x8-inch 5-spoke wheels while the TL SH-AWD® is fitted with 19x8-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels paired with new performance minded 245/40R19 all-season tires that offer significantly improved performance in snow and ice. Fitted to all TL wheels are revised center caps featuring a raised-style, chrome-plated Acura "A" mark.

The TL employs a double-wishbone independent front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension. Ride quality and road-holding are optimized with dual-stage "blow off" style hydraulic suspension dampers, hydro-compliant bushings (used to mount the transmission and key suspension components) and a "smart" engine mount design. On the SH-AWD® model, special rate coil springs are paired with unique damper tuning to improve handling performance. Moreover, on the SH-AWD® model special brake tuning teams with racing-inspired front brake cooling ducts to provide more performance-minded braking.

Interior
In keeping with its mission as a driver's car, the TL interior features a "dual personal" design that provides both the driver and front passenger with their own personal space. Inside, the 2012 TL benefits from an even further refined cabin that includes instrument cluster changes, new surface finishes for many interior appointments and available ventilated front seats. Technology improvements abound with refinement of Bluetooth® Audio (now with artists name, song title, etc.), new "active pairing" functionality for Bluetooth® enabled cellular telephones, Dial-By-Number and dial-by-voice tags, and much faster connection speed for the USB port.

Both the TL and TL SH-AWD® models offer an available Technology Package which includes the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ and an Acura/ELS Surround® 440-watt Premium Audio System. For 2012, the hard disk drive (HDD) based navigation system increases in size to 60 gigabytes, map coverage is more expansive, and the full VGA monitor is brighter with even richer colors with the new backlit LED display. With the revised HDD system, there is an increase to 15 GB of dedicated space for the storage of up to 3,500 songs**. Also new is Song By Voice™ that allows the driver to choose music by artist, album, song title, genre, playlist and even composer.

New for 2012 is an available Advance Package that incorporates all-new ventilated front seats, larger wheels and a new blind spot information (BSI) system that alerts the driver when another vehicle is detected behind the driver in an adjacent lane.

For 2012, the use of new body sealing techniques including improved weatherstripping design, and additional expanding foam pillar separators , help reduce high frequency noise by 3 dB within the TL's interior.

Safety
The 2012 TL uses a host of advanced safety features including Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The ACE™ body design enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes by utilizing a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. ACE™ body design also helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash.

Six airbags and active head restraints for the driver and front passenger seats are just a few of the long list of passive safety features built into the TL. The array of airbags includes: dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; dual-chamber front seat side airbags with front passenger seat Occupant Position Detection System; and side-curtain airbags for front and outboard rear seating positions.

Additional passive safety features include 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, driver and front passenger seatbelt load-limiters with an automatic tensioning system and a Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system that permits quick, convenient attachment of up to two child seats at the outboard locations of the rear seating area.

The 2012 TL includes safety minded features such as ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist in conjunction with the 4-wheel disc brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and daytime running lights (DRL).

Pricing

On sale at Acura dealerships on March 18, the 2012 TL will have a MSRP of $35,605. Equipped with the available Technology Package, the MSRP is $39,335, or $41,535 when equipped with the available Advance Package. The TL SH-AWD® will have an MSRP of $39,155. Equipped with the available Technology Package, TL SH-AWD® MSRP will be $42,885, or $45,085 when equipped with the available Advance Package. The TL SH-AWD® 6MT with Technology Package will have an MSRP of $42,885.

Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 270 dealers within the United States. The 2012 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan and all-new Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX luxury crossover SUV, the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.

Along with every new Acura, the 2012 TL is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 miles powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.


For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com.

*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

**Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.0 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate 



ENGINEERING FEATURES
3.5-liter, 280 hp, 24-valve, SOHC VTEC® 6-cylinder engine (TL)
3.7-liter, 305 hp, 24-valve, SOHC VTEC® 6-cylinder engine (TL SH-AWD®)
Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®)
EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5; CARB LEV II ULEV emissions certification
6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift, paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control System
6-speed close-ratio manual transmission with sport shifter (available with TL SH-AWD®)
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
Fully independent double-wishbone front suspension; Fully independent multi-link rear suspension
Electric Power Steering (EPS), variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering assembly
4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist

EXTERIOR FEATURES
Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) front headlights with Auto on/off feature and Daytime Running Lights
Front bumper integrated halogen fog lights
LED illumination for: side mirror-integrated directional signals, side marker lights, brake lights and Center High Mount Stop Light (CHMSL)
Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Heated outside mirrors with Reverse gear tilt-down function and integrated directional signals
Dual outlet exhaust finishers
17x8-inch 7-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Turanza EL400 P245/50R17 M+S tires (TL)
18x8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 M+S tires (TL with Advance Package)

TL SH-AWD® EXTERIOR FEATURES
18x8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 tires (TL SH-AWD®)
19x8-inch split 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle RS-A 245/40R19 tires (TL SH-AWD® with Advance Package)
Front bumper mounted air ducts for front disc brake cooling
SH-AWD® trunk emblem

INTERIOR FEATURES
TL SEATING
Sport seats with leather-trimmed interior
10-way adjustable power-actuated driver seat (8-way adjustable seat with 2-way adjustable lumbar support)
8-way adjustable power-actuated front passenger seat
Heated front seats
2-position memory function (presets for driver seat, side mirrors, radio presets, climate control settings, MID)
Front center console with adjustable armrest, dual-level storage and coin holders
Rear seat armrest with locking trunk pass-through
TL SH-AWD® SEATING
Unique sport seating with additional bolstering for added support
French seams with contrasting color Euro-style double stitch line on steering wheel, seats, parking brake lever, and shifter

COMFORT and CONVENIENCE
8-speaker, 276-watt audio system with a 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function, Bluetooth® Audio, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, and HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with illuminated fingertip controls and racing-inspired paddle shifters
Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio, telephone, MID and voice recognition)
Tilt and telescoping steering column
Illuminated ignition switch, power-window switches, door-lock switches and overhead controls
Dual-zone, dual-mode adaptive climate control system with air filtration and auto humidity control system
Rear passenger ventilation controls
Power windows with driver and front passenger’s auto-up/down, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Remote control and driver’s door lock-operated window auto-open function
Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface with active pairing and Dial-by-Number voice tags
Multi-Information Display (MID)
Maintenance Minder™ system
LED information display, electronic compass and exterior temperature indicator
LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
Auto dimming day/night rearview mirror
Front windshield and front-side window defoggers; Rear-window defroster with automatic timer
12-volt power outlets (front and center console)
Aluminum threshold garnish
Carpeted floor mats
Cargo net for trunk

TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE
Acura/ELS Surround®  410-watt Premium Audio System with 10-speakers, DVD-Audio, CD, DTS®, AM/FM tuner, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, Bluetooth® Audio, Song By Voice™, speed-sensitive volume control (SVC), and 15 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD) music storage
AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
Acura Navigation System with 60 gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD), Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera
8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display
AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
AcuraLink  Real-Time Weather™ with weather radar image maps, 1- and 3-day forecasts, and specific area weather
GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode adaptive climate control system with humidity control system and air filtration
Perforated full-grain Premium Milano leather seating surfaces
Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)

ADVANCE PACKAGE
Heated and ventilated front seats
Blind Spot Indicator (BSI)
18x8-inch 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 tires (TL)
19x8-inch split 5-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle RS-A 245/40R19 tires (TL SH-AWD®)
Active Safety Features
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®) with traction control (Electronic Stability Control)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Passive Safety and Security Features
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
Impact-absorbing front and rear crumple zones
Collapsible steering column
Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS); Side curtain airbags; Dual-chamber front-seat side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
Active head restraints for front seats
3-point height-adjustable front seat belts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters;
3-point rear seat belts
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat mounting system
Child-proof rear door locks
Theft-deterrent system with electronic immobilizer
POWERTRAIN TL TL SH-AWD®
Engine Type 3.5-liter, SOHC V-6 3.7-liter, SOHC V-6
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6,200 rpm 305 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque 254 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm 273 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Redline 6,800 rpm 6,700 rpm
Bore & Stroke 3.50 in x 3.66 in (89 mm x 93 mm) 3.54 in x 3.78 in (90 mm x 96 mm)
Displacement 212 cu in (3471 cc) 223 cu in (3664 cc)
Compression Ratio 11.2:1 11.2:1
Induction System Dual-stage magnesium-alloy intake manifold with Drive-By-Wire™ throttle system,
Programmed multi-point Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Dual-stage magnesium-alloy intake manifold with Drive-By-Wire™ throttle system,
Programmed multi-point Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Valvetrain Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®), 4- valves-per-cylinder, belt-driven, single overhead camshaft Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) 4-valves-per-cylinder, belt-driven, single overhead camshaft
Engine Block Aluminum alloy block with cast-iron cylinder liners Aluminum alloy block with high-silicon aluminum cylinder liners
Cylinder Head Aluminum alloy with pent-roof combustion chambers and 4 valves per cylinder Aluminum alloy with pent-roof combustion chambers and 4 valves per cylinder
Emission Control EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5;
CARB LEV II ULEV
EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5;
CARB LEV II ULEV
Ignition System Electronic Direct Electronic Direct
Alternator 12 volt – 130 amp 12 volt – 130 amp
Battery 12 volt – 65Ah/20hr 12 volt – 65Ah/20hr
Required Fuel Premium Unleaded Premium Unleaded
Chassis Layout Transverse-mounted front engine, front-wheel-drive (FWD) Transverse-mounted front engine, all-wheel-drive (AWD)
TRANSMISSION TL TL SH-AWD® TL SH-AWD® 6MT
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift, paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift, paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control 6-speed manual transmission with sport shifter and Hill Start Assist
Gear Ratios (:1) First
Second
Third
Fourth
Fifth
Sixth
Reverse
3.591
2.095
1.485
1.065
0.754
0.556
2.269
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Fifth
Sixth
Reverse
3.591
2.095
1.485
1.065
0.754
0.556
2.269
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Fifth
Sixth
Reverse
Final
3.625
2.115
1.529
1.125
0.847
0.686
3.656
3.842
CHASSIS TL TL SH-AWD®
Body Type All-steel unit body
Front Suspension Independent double-wishbone
Rear Suspension Independent multi-link
Suspension Dampers Twin-tube, gas charged
Stabilizer Bars Front:
Rear:
1.18 in (30 mm) diameter, solid
0.75 in (19 mm) diameter, solid
1.06 in diameter (31 mm), solid
0.79 in (20 mm) diameter, hollow
0.18 in (4.5 mm) wall thickness
Steering Type Electric Power Steering (EPS), variable-assist rack-and-pinion
Steering Ratio 13.96:1
Steering Wheel Turns 2.65 (lock-to-lock)
Turning Circle (curb-to-curb) 38.4 ft (11.7 m)
Wheels 17x8 in cast-aluminum
18x8 in cast-aluminum (Available)
18x8 in cast-aluminum
19x8 in cast-aluminum (Available)
Tires Standard Available Bridgestone Turanza EL400 (TL)
Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/50R17 98V M+S
(TL with Technology Package)
P245/50R17 98V M+S
Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 98V M+S
(TL w / Technology Package ;
TL w/ Advance Package)
Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R18 98V M+S
(TL; TL w/ Technology Package)
Goodyear Eagle RS-A
P245/40R19 94V M+S
(TL w/ Advance Package)
BRAKES and SAFETY TL TL SH-AWD®
Braking System Dual-diagonal, power-assisted, 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and
Brake Assist
Front Brake Rotors 12.6 in (320 mm) diameter ventilated rotor; 1.1 in (28 mm)
rotor thickness
12.6 in (320 mm) diameter ventilated rotor, 1.1 in (28 mm) rotor thickness; functional front mounted break cooling ducts
Rear Brake Rotors 13.1 in (334 mm) diameter solid disc; 0.43 in (11 mm) rotor thickness
Brake Calipers Dual -piston brake calipers (front); single -piston brake calipers (rear)
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
4-channel system with individual wheel speed sensors and electric/hydraulic control
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) system Throttle control and brake control utilizing yaw, lateral g, speed and steering sensors for traction control and stability enhancement
Traction Control System (TCS) Incorporated into Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)
CAPACITIES
Crankcase 5.3 US qt (5.0 L)
Cooling System 8.8 US qt (8.3 L)
Fuel Tank 18.5 gal (70 L)
EPA Passenger Volume 98.2 cu ft; 111.3 cu ft (passenger and cargo volume combined)
EPA Cargo Volume 13.1 cu ft (TL)
12.5 cu ft (TL SH-AWD®)
FUEL ECONOMY TL TL SH-AWD®
Fuel Mileage* (city/highway/combined) 20/29/23 mpg 18/26/21 mpg (5AT)
17/25/20 mpg (6MT)

*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase 109.3 in (2775 mm)
Overall Length 194.0 in (4928 mm)
Overall Width 74.0 in (1880 mm) at doors; 83.4 in (2118 mm) at mirrors
Overall Height 57.2 in (1452 mm)
Track, front 63.2 in (1605 mm)
Track, rear 63.8 in (1620 mm)
Minimum Ground Clearance TL: 6.1 in (155 mm) Unladen; 4.5 in (115 mm) Full-Load
TL SH-AWD: 5.7 in (145 mm) Unladen; 4.4-in (110 mm) Full-Load
INTERIOR DIMENSIONS Front Rear
Head Room
Leg Room
Hip Room
Shoulder Room
38.4 in (976 mm)
42.5 in (1080 mm)
55.7 in (1415 mm)
58.2 in (1477 mm)
36.7 in (932 mm)
36.2 in (920 mm)
54.8 in (1392 mm)
56.2 in (1428 mm)
WEIGHT TL TL SH-AWD® TL SH-AWD® 6MT
Curb Weight TL

TL w/ Technology Package

TL w/ Advance Package
3, 726 lb (1 ,690 kg)

3, 741 lb (1 ,697 kg)

3,770 lb (1,710 kg)
3, 968 lb (1 ,800 kg)

3, 982 lb (1 ,806 kg)

4,001 lb (1,815 kg)
3,889 lb (1764 kg)
Weight Distribution TL

TL w/ Technology Package

TL w/ Advance Package
61/39 (% front/rear)

61/39 (% front/rear)
61/39 (% front/rear)
59/41 (% front/rear)

59/41 (% front/rear)

59/41 (% front/rear)
58/42 (% front/rear)
WARRANTIES
Vehicle
Powertrain
Outer Body Rust-Through
Acura Total Luxury Care®
4-year / 50,000 mile limited warranty
6-year / 70,000 mile limited warranty
5-year / Unlimited mile limited warranty
4-year / 50,000 mile limited warranty