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Spied: Acura TL refresh [update]

By Drew Johnson

Our photographers have just sent us some pretty interesting spy shots. While Acura’s TL has only been on sale since the 2009 model year, it appears Acura engineers are already preparing an updated model.

The “Power Plenum” grille featured on the TL has been nothing short of controversial, and it appears that is where the bulk of the changes will occur on the updated TL. Given the instrumentation attached to this prototype, some modest powertrain updates may also be in the works, possible a switch from the current TL’s five-speed auto to Acura’s new six-speed unit.

Given the changes to the TL’s front end, similar changes could be in store for the rest of Acura’s lineup.



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Spy Shots: Next Acura TL getting rhinoplasty?

by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on Jul 8th 2010 at 7:26PM Spy Shots

2011 Acura TL – Click above for high-res image gallery

When it comes to Acura's corporate schnoz, you likely fall into one of two camps: you either loathe the chrome nose or you really loathe the chrome nose. There doesn't seem to be much in between. So to address its derisive looks, Acura appears to be tweaking the front end of the TL for the 2011 model year.

While it's highly doubtful that Acura is going to completely dispatch the metal overbite found throughout its lineup, the new nose appears more refined and slightly toned down. Judging by the heavily-camo'd shot above, there's sure to be some revisions to the lower fascia, but the real changes can be seen on the pic to the right, including some new slatting and a slightly smaller shield.

On this particular prototype, there's also a fair amount of wires protruding from one of the exhaust outlets and leading into the trunk, so it's likely safe to assume that some kind of engine or electronics upgrades are in the works for this mid-cycle refresh. With hot-weather testing fully underway, we suspect the mildly restyled TL will debut later this year before going on sale in the first half of 2011.



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  • 2 weeks later...

My co-worker's black SH-AWD had all the brushed metal look trim on the front and back painted black as a dealer option. Its not a great looking car but atleast decent looking with that look.

I think the car got a bit of a raw deal from the start. After that people kept piling on.

Personally, I like the way it looks.

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