The Concept TL is true to Acuras design lineage. No surprises here, just a new adaptation of the crisp, clean lines that have made the current midsize Acura sedan such a popular seller in the first place.
"Every aspect of this concepts design, from the aggressive front end to the short rear overhang, contributes to an aggressive, muscular style that conveys the TLs high-performance nature," added Elliott.
Compared to the current TL, the new concept is several inches shorter, giving it a sportier appearance. The wedge shaped profile looks wind cheating while slightly exaggerated wheel arches give it a hunkered down, glued to the road appearance. Behind the 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels are a bright red set of 4-piston Brembo brake calipers vying for attention.
Xenon high-intensity headlamps flank the modified Acura trademark grille, complete with a thick strip of brushed aluminum trim displaying the brands compass logo at center. The LED taillights are especially attractive, giving the TL a unique presence within the Acura family, as well as separating it from most other cars available today.
One item that wont make production, at least not yet, is a series of jet nozzles that replace the windshield wipers. They shoot high-pressure air from their cowl location onto the windshield to keep it free from precipitation, providing a similar effect to the hot air blasters that dry off your car on the way out of an automatic carwash.
Acura wasnt clear on the Concept TL’s drivetrain, but be sure it sports something close to the current 260-hp 3.2-L V6 in the TL Type-S. That would mate it up to a 5-speed automatic transmission with one of the best sequential manual shifting modes available today. Fat dual exhaust pipes take care of engine waste, which is expected to be at least ULEV emissions standard.