Mike Stevens | Jul 11, 2008

Acura, Honda's luxury arm in the US, has officially revealed the upcoming 2009 Acura TL. Mind you, there's only the one image at the moment, which—this being Friday afternoon and me with my head floating in a beer—is reason enough to assume it has no rear end. Nothing. Just an empty void. Who needs tail lights, right?

The new TL, based on the Honda Accord Euro platform, is set to raise the bar for the brand. Fans and detractors alike have been split amongst themselves on the matter of its looks—especially the shield-like grille—but for the most part the new TL is definitely equal parts evolution and revolution for Acura.

Honda has announced that the 2009 TL will offer an option bearing Honda's SH-AWD (Super Human Handling All Wheel Drive), and—while avoiding specific numbers—that it would pack Honda's (and Acura's) "most powerful engine ever." Considering the RL (Acura's version of the Legend) holds a 220kW 3.7ltr mill under its hat, this seems a likely possibility. The FWD base model is expected to land with a 202kw 3.5ltr.

Whaddya Say, Honda Australia? Any danger of an AWD, high-powered Accord Euro for us poor Aussies?

PRESS RELEASE:

All-New 2009 Acura TL to Debut This Fall

07/10/2008 -TORRANCE, Calif. - The all-new, completely redesigned 2009 Acura TL employs dramatic new styling along with a luxurious interior that includes more driver relevant technology than ever. Featuring the most powerful Acura engine ever, the 2009 TL will be available in two distinctive versions including the first ever application of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(SH-AWD) on TL. Available in the fall of 2008, the new TL will deliver a driving experience that achieves new highs within the performance luxury sedan category.

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 270 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan, the turbocharged RDX luxury crossover SUV and the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

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