The new 2012 Acura TL will hit the market next week with an entry-level price of $35,605, excluding $860 for destination. That’s $300 more than last year’s model.
The TL SH-AWD, which features a 305HP V6 linked to a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, has an MSRP of $39,155, while the price for those equipped with Technology Package is $42,885.
The luxury sedan from Acura comes with new front and rear styling, but it also adds a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission, enhanced interior and various technology upgrades.
Acura has streamlined the controversial corporate grille, creating a far more harmonious front fascia then its predecessor.
The rear looks transformed as well and the passengers can now revel in a much quieter cabin- thanks to a long list of new upgrades, including a reinforced weatherstripping.
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.
From 2012, there’s a new package for either drivetrain, called the Advance Package. It includes ventilated cooled seats and a blind spot monitoring system; both are new features for the TL. The package also comes with 18- or 19-inch (AWD) cast-aluminum wheels. The package starts at $41,535 for front-wheel drive-models.
According to the automaker, the Acura TL performance luxury sedan was the division’s second-best selling sedan in February, posting monthly sales of 2,447 units, representing an increase of 1.5 percent, while the ZDX four-door sports coupe surpassed last February’s sales by 24.5 percent.
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.