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 Date: January 12, 2008 23:53
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: Multiple
 Credibility Rating: Not Specified


Over the past few days, more and more '09 Acura info has been trickling out of the pipe. First off, we have heard an on-sale date of April 24 for the '09 TSX. Secondly, the '09 RL should be appearing in showrooms in a similar timeframe. Now, what are the '09 RL and '09 TSX all about? Maybe this communique from Acura will help:

This MOVE allocation will include March production with March arrival of the 2008 TL, 2008 RDX and 2008 MDX and March production with April arrival of 2009 TSX and 2009 RL models.
2009 TSX
Designed and engineered to reaffirm its place as a desirable and affordable entry point for the Acura sedan range, the all-new redesigned second-generation 2009 TSX will be offered in two different packages

Standard Package:
The standard model will be similar to RDXs and 08MY TSXs standard features with new luxury amenities and audio capabilities that all contribute to the new TSXs added appeal.

Technology Package:
The technology package is similar to the RDXs technology packaging and will continue to Advance the image of Acura. The Technology Package includes:
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition with new functionality
AcuraLink Satellite Communication System
Acura/ELS Surround Premium 10 Speaker Sound System


2009 RL
The substantial redesign of the 2009 Acura RL combines added performance, improved technology, more aggressive exterior styling and even greater safety to a top-tier luxury performance sedan.

Three packages will continue to be offered:

Standard Package:

Improvements include better functionality for the HVAC, HandsFreeLink and audio system

Technology Package:

The Technology model will be similar to the 08MY RL with new luxury amenities. The Technology Package will continue to Advance the image of Acura by adding more functionality to the Acura Navigation System.

CMBS Package:

CMBS will be available as a stand-alone option.


While this information is interesting, several posts in our forums indicate that the '09 RL will be packing 300+hp (from a 3.7L V6) and have an SH-AWD system tuned to deliver more torque to the rear wheels. Word is that the RL's MMC is the most significant mid-cycle refreshes in Honda's (and Acura's) history, with supposedly only 2 body panels remaining common with the current version. Interior volume (particularly rear legroom) is said to have been increased, and several items in the "bling" column are said to have been addressed (one person suggested that the RL would be getting 19" wheels, but we've only seen that from ONE person). One poster suggests that the "more functionality" of the RL's navi system means real-time weather updates.

On the TSX side, word has it that a 4-cylinder, FWD version will be offered first, with a V6-powered SH-AWD model appearing at a later time. Supposedly a diesel will be available in calendar year 2009.

Thanks to those of you who have e-mailed me with these details over the past few days. I just returned from a trip abroad yesterday and have been trying to catch up on things while preparing for the North American International Auto Show. Be sure to check in here at the TOV for updates from Detroit tomorrow and Monday.
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