Acura's upcoming redesigned 3 Series fighter will be slightly smaller but more powerful than its predecessor.
The current generation Acura TL may not be much of a looker, but it remains a strong seller for the Japanese luxury brand. It competes directly with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, but both these German-built machines maintain a larger following. Still, Acura needs a model in this highly competitive segment in order to remain relevant. The TL isn’t exactly a looker; it’s known for its front end chrome moustache and overall ungraceful appearance. So Acura is looking to change that with its upcoming replacement.
A new report coming from Automotive News is claiming the car will be renamed the TLX and based on the new 2013 Honda Accord’s platform. Since the latter now has a shorter length and wheelbase, the TLX will also shrink a bit compared to its soon-to-be predecessor. That abundance of chrome up front will reportedly remain, albeit significantly be toned down. Simply put, the TSX will be sized between the TL and the TSX, which previous reports have claimed will be discontinued outright in the near future. The TLX will debut sometime this coming year and will be powered by Honda’s new 3.5-liter V6 good for 310 horsepower.