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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.

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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this is the first news to come out in a long time

many of our rumors seem to carry over.

the paws system seems logical. i doubt the hybrid will make it. though i am very interested in how the 3.5L direct injection will hold up against the 3.7L. If its meant to be more powerful I am signed up to see how much and how they did it! Very excited.

I personally have no problem with it getting a bit shorter. I always found the TL to be a tad long anyways.

They still need to offer an AWD model regardless. So they are either going to adapt the PAWS to the SHAWD in the current TL. Or MAYBE use the hybrid system in the NSX/RLX. Though I have my doubts as that would make the RLX seem like sort of an expensive TLX. It might damage RLX sales.

If its one thing to ask for from Acura. It's to keep the 6MT. Thank you.
 

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this along with some light weight tech should help this be a really fuel efficient sedan. one problem with the TL was it's weight, it killed it's potential to be a MPG leader in it's class.
 

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Well just how much will the dimensions shrink? Do you think they might end up with a turbo four cylinder for the new TLX?
 

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turbo for cylinder in the basemodel TLX is very possible, if it's just a regular non-turbo four cylinder then this thing will be a pig. The next option would be a smaller V6, but we all know a turbo four can deliver as much power as a six along with better fuel economy.
 
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