Spy images have revealed the big changes that Acura is planning for its TL sedan when it is redesigned and renamed summer next year. It will be known as the TLX sedan that will be based on the pre-2013 Honda Accord platform. It will be, however, underpinned by the platform that underpins the redesigned 2013 Accord. This means that it will share similar characteristics as the new Accord, which boasts of having a shorter length and wheelbase.
The new Acura TLX will slot in between the current TL and TSX compact sedans. The spy photos show a heavily camouflaged car undertaking a hot-weather testing. The car bears a long sweeping roofline that extends to stout yet more-defined trunk lid. The nose of the car still bears comes to Acura's trademark point, although its "beak" grille seems to have been mellowed.
Acura will not redesign the outgoing Europe-market Accord since it plans to use the new platform in all markets. Since the TSX is based on the outgoing Accord, it may not be seen anymore on Acura’s lineup. This means Acura’s offerings will only include the compact ILX, mid-sized TLX and flagship RLX sedans.
The new models will also feature Honda's Earth Dreams 3.5-liter V-6, which provides up 310 hp for the RLX. The TL is powered either a by 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 or a 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 when mated with all-wheel drive. The redesigned TLX is expected to be featured with AWD and the optional Precision All-Wheel Steering system.