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Acura announced last month that the 2012 Acura TL will debut in "newly refined" form at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Refined how? In styling and performance, according to Acura. Today, we learned it will come with a live webcast of the reveal as well, allowing followers to see the refinement from afar.

Hopefully "refinement" means an abandonment of the bionic beavertooth grille, as we've dubbed it. The chrome shingle adorning the nose of the current TL has been lambasted widely since its first appearance, and few--if any--will miss it if it disappears.

As for the rest of the new TL's specs, we're left in the dark, though with Acura using the "refined" terminology, we're not expecting sea changes. The current 3.7-liter's 305-horsepower output may rise slightly, though it's possible Acura will go the other way and shoot for more efficiency.

Whether the available 6-speed manual will stick around is another question, though whatever transmissions are available, the SH-AWD system powering all 4 wheels is sure to stay put.

Acura's live webcast of the 2012 Acura TL's unveiling will take place February 9 at 10:45 a.m. CST at Acura's Chicago Auto Show page. The page isn't live yet, however, and for the moment redirects to Acura's news site.

The Chicago Auto Show media preview kicks off February 9-10, and we'll bring you all the action as it happens.

 

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New TL looks good, toned back the bumpers on both the front and rear which gives them both better definition in my opinion. 6 speed auto on all models, the will still off 6MT on the SH-AWD models, fuel economy numbers are up by nearly 3mpgs, 60gig HD, blind spot monitoring and ventilated front seats make up the bulk of the changes.

Way to go Acura, you listened to the customers and acted on it:beerchug:
 

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02/09/2011 - TORRANCE, Calif.

Making its debut at the 2011 Chicago Auto show, 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, a revised interior and a host of technology upgrades.

"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.

To increase performance, a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission is applied on all TL models with 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 5th to 3rd gear. The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system also creates a "blip" of the throttle to help match gear speeds while downshifting.

In addition, 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 is now 20/29 mpg*— an increase of 3 mpg in highway driving over the 2011 TL. To further improve operating efficiency, the TL's standard 3.5L V-6 engine receives a host of friction-reduction technologies while a revised air inlet system provides cooler air for both the 3.5L and 3.7L engines.

For 2012, 2 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 will continue to be offered in the 2012 TL SH-AWD lineup, helping broaden the TL's appeal among luxury performance sedan buyers.

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™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, and an Acura/ELS Surround® 410-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, USB connection speed is faster, and the full VGA monitor is brighter with even richer colors. Also available is a new Advance Package that incorporates all-new ventilated front seats along with a new blind spot information (BSI) system that alerts the driver of other vehicles that are in close proximity.

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. Finally, when equipped with the available Advance Package, the TL comes with 18x8-inch 5-spoke wheels while TL SH-AWD™ is fitted with 19x8-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels with new performance minded P245/40R19 all-season tires.

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

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Hmm.... not too bad, and I guess they had to do something, due to consumer demands ... but for some strange reason, the new TL reminds me of an Impala :eek: Or a stretched TSX ... 2012 TL is not quite as muscular looking as before.
I guess I've become fond of the "beak" on my 2010 ... :couple:
 

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Whew! I think I'm glad I bought mine when I did. The new rounded grille takes some of the edge off the design and I'm not wild about those inserts in the lower front bumper. Wheels are sharp, though.
 

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I think most 2009-2011 TL owners are going to like theirs better because the styling has grown on them, but I personally think the 2012 TL is what the 4th gen should've been all along.
 

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Looks as though the rear exhaust are not tucked in as much on the 2012, and look somewhat like a domstic car under the rear bumper ........which seems to be the idea of the new TL.
Although It's a great drivers car, it's starting to become too American looking ........ like the current Honda Accord.... :-/
 

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I have to drop a :meh: on this upgrade. Still not there.
 

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Here's the new face of the 2012 Acura TL, and after the jump, you can watch that face drive out onto the stage at Acura's stand at the Chicago auto show. In the metal, the car looks cleaner but more conservative than the 2009-'11 TL, and a hair closer to the 2004-'08 generation we liked a great deal. Like is still too strong a word for the 2012 TL's design, but it's growing on us steadily with each sip of weak Midwestern coffee.


More substantively, the TL picks up the long-overdue 6-speed automatic transmission, and it matches revs on downshifts, and will double-downshift when you're on the brakes hard going into a corner.

We'll drive this car in a few weeks in Texas, and sales begin in mid-March.

A more efficient multi-clutch torque converter that speeds up lock-up will reportedly improve fuel economy with either the base 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 or the 305-hp 3.7-liter V6. In addition, friction reductions on the 3.5-liter (the same ones Honda applied to the 2011 Odyssey, including coated pistons, plateau-honed cylinder bores) further the mpg gains to the point that the car will likely get a 29 mpg highway rating (up 3 from 2011). Both engines get a revised air induction system for better cooling this year.

Inside, the navigation system gets a bigger, 60GB hard drive; more maps; and brighter, crisper graphics: and you get a faster USB port. New features in the Advance package include ventilated seats and a blind spot warning system.

Acura also says the 2012 TL is 3 decibels quieter "at highway speeds," due to improved sound-deadening measures.







 

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The Chicago Auto Show may be the smallest of the major North American auto shows, but this year proved to be surprisingly bountiful in terms of the number of new cars that were revealed. Sure, many of these new products were merely trim level upgrades, but we saw quite a few big introductions that sparked lengthy discussions amongst the Autoblog staff.

Thus, we've looked through the lot of Autoblog's show coverage and the staffers on-hand in Chicago have picked their favorite vehicles that debuted in the Windy City. Much like our Detroit Auto Show picks, our editors had no problem picking our 1st and 2nd place winners, but when it came to numbers 3, 4 and 5, that's when the arguing began.

Still, we've come to a final consensus, and you can read our Top 5 Editors' Choice debuts after the jump.

#5: 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
The 5.0-liter Hyundai Genesis is much more significant than you may initially think. By offering 429-horsepower in a more attractive package, Hyundai is threatening to move its rear-wheel-drive Genesis into proper sport sedan territory. And with an efficient 8-speed automatic transmission on tap and a sharpened suspension, this Hyundai could serve up some serious competition for the Germans and Japanese at a cut-rate price.

#4: 2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman
Ram Trucks has served up a full-size truck for a mid-sized price, which means that buyers can snag a 5.7-liter V8 workhorse with 390 horsepower and a 10,450 for the same stack of cash as a 4-cylinder Toyota Tacoma. Fleet managers and small business owners alike should have their eyebrows firmly lodged in their respective hairlines at the news. Throw in the fact that the pickup is good for 20 mpg highway, and you can see why our resident 1975 International pickup owner, Zach Bowman, worked himself into a froth and made threats of self-mutilation if this pickup failed to make the list.

#3: 2012 Acura TL


It may only be a mid-cycle refresh, but Acura has tweaked its capable TL sedan's styling just enough to take it out of the "beaten with an ugly stick" category. The smoother front fascia and touched-up rear end are substantially more attractive than the outgoing car, and trust us when we say that photos do not do this car justice. Some new wheels and tires, a 6-speed automatic transmission and minimally improved fuel economy round off the changes for 2012.

#2: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
While walking the Chicago show floor, our entire team stopped and stared at the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 for a solid few minutes. We all agree that the beefed-up sedan is simply gorgeous, looking polished and immensely aggressive all at the same time. Oh, and did we mention that there's a fire-breathing, 465-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V8 under the hood? We're stoked to get some seat time in this new performance sedan, and we're already opening our checkbooks in preparation for the speeding tickets that will undoubtedly be written.

#1: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
General Motors finally got around to pulling the sheets back on a supercharged version of the Camaro, and while the new car doesn't carry the franchise's legendary Z28 badge, it looks to proudly reign as king of Bowtie muscle car crowd by exhuming a powerful but little-known moniker from the past, ZL1. While this bruiser packs all of the necessary suspension and brake hardware to take on the greatest of the world's tracks, it's the 550 horsepower, supercharged LSA V8 that flips our collective switches. Look for the ZL1 to land in dealers next year.
 

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I'm really tired of people beating up on the current model's styling.
Why? The membership and staff here have always been on board with it being flat out fugly. :lol:

Awesome car once you get behind the wheel, but it is one ugly duckling from the outside.
 
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