The TL, which is the premium sedan with the second-best sales figures in the U.S. for the BMW 3 Series was introduced in 1996 as a successor to the Acura Vigor.
1996 Acura TL
The first TL, for Touring Luxury was introduced briefly as Acura 2.5 TL with a 2.5 liter 131 kW (176 PS) 5-cylinder engine, which was already used in the Vigor 1996. In addition, there was an Acura 3.2 TL 3.2 l 149 kW ( 200 hp ) V6 from Acura Legend, the Acura 3.2 TL was slightly larger. The 2.5 TL was sold in spring 1995; the 3.2 TL due to customs problems only in the fall. In Japan the car was sold as the Honda Inspire Honda Saber or - Honda has two separate dealer networks there who used their own names.
The vehicle comes standard with two airbags, ABS, air conditioning, central locking and some more, then not everyday features.
The second generation was introduced in 1999, where he shares the platform with the American Honda Accord. In the U.S., now welcomed all models regardless of the engine Acura 3.2 TL. Internally, the hot models UA4 and UA5. The model has been built now in Marysville plant of Honda of America Mfg.. For Japan, the model under the names Honda Inspire and Saber Honda was built.
In 2002 this was the sports version Acuta TL Type S added in the course of a facelift, which increased 3.2 liter engine has a 191 kW ( 260 hp).
A third generation with the internal names UA6 and UA7 followed in 2004. Now the model was simply called only Acura TL. In Japan, the car disappeared completely from the market. The Type S now got a 3.5 liter engine with 210 kW ( 286 hp ), the unstable 2.5 has been discontinued.
2007 he got the car a minor facelift with a more striking front.
The 2009 Acura TL
The fourth generation of the TL has been built since 2009. The front to which is now part of a big flashy chrome plate at the top of the grille, has been made even more aggressive. We Also increases the performance: The normal TL now gets the 3.5 -liter engine of the previous Type S, which is, however, reduced to 280 hp; about it there as SH -AWD ( " Super - Handling All -Wheel Drive ," about " great -to-use all-wheel drive " ) is a four-wheel drive version with a 224 kW ( 305 hp) 3.7 -liter V6 engine. For this, a manual transmission is offered.
For the 2012 model year, the car was slightly revised. In particular, the front now comes from without the columns at the side of the chrome plate on the radiator grille.