All-new 2009 TSX is larger, more agile and more powerful than before, raising the standards for Acura's sports sedan



    The second-generation Acura TSX is designed to appeal to young
    professionals with its keen-edge styling, athletic performance and
    advanced electronic features

    NEW YORK, March 19 /CNW/ - The all-new 2009 Acura TSX sports sedan made
its debut today at the New York International Auto Show. Designed and
engineered to reaffirm its place as a desirable and affordable car for
entry-premium buyers, the all-new second-generation 2009 TSX is larger, more
agile and more performance oriented than before.
    Carefully crafted to honor the original TSX's vision as a world-class
sports sedan, the new TSX has significantly evolved to offer more comfort,
convenience, driving performance and safety. It does so with expanded luxury
and electronic features, a wider stance for more agile performance, and
advanced safety systems.
    The 2009 TSX is expected to appeal to current TSX owners, young
professionals and those who will appreciate its innovative styling, technical
allure and performance, while also valuing the customer treatment that owners
have come to enjoy at Acura dealerships.

    Powertrain
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    An all-aluminum DOHC i-VTEC(R) in-line 4-cylinder engine heralds a pair
of firsts for the TSX model, including dual balance shafts and a direct
ignition system. Along with improved performance, it is also cleaner as it now
meeting aggressive Tier 2-Bin 5 emission standards.
    Displacing 2.4-litres and producing 201 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque (with
manual transmission), the new in-line 4-cylinder engine produces its useable
power across a much wider rpm range, while five percent more torque further
strengthens the engine's pulling power at middle rpm levels. This allows the
2009 TSX to be more responsive off the line and out of corners, and stronger
in the middle of the rpm range where the engine operates most of the time.
    Two transmissions are available - a standard 6-speed close-ratio manual
with new performance-oriented ratios for 2nd through 6th gears, and an
available Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic with a new lock-up torque
converter assembly. The manual transmission features a short-throw shifter
with a precise, light action that makes it highly rewarding to use, while the
Sequential SportShift automatic permits fully automatic operation with
intelligent features such as Grade Logic Control and Shift Hold Control, which
make driving the TSX on hilly or winding roads more enjoyable. If the driver
desires, the automatic transmission can also be operated manually via new
steering-wheel mounted F1(R)-style paddle shifters.

    Body and Chassis
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    The 2009 TSX body structure includes two firsts for the Acura division,
including a closed-channel cross-braced roof structure and inside frame rails.
Along with a stronger rear bulkhead, the closed-channel cross-braced roof
structure yields a more rigid and vibration-resistant structure. The first use
of inside frame rails for any Acura vehicle help tailor the aerodynamics
underneath the car for improved fuel economy, lower emissions and reduced
noise. In addition, new A-, B- and C-pillar separators improve the TSX's
quietness over rough roads and at high speed. Slippery aerodynamics also helps
fuel economy as well as high-speed stability - all while lowering emissions.
    In addition to its 76-mm greater width and 66-mm wider track, the 2009
TSX has a 33-mm longer wheelbase and 61mm additional overall length. These
dimensions combine to provide greater interior roominess, more agile handling
and improved ride quality.
    In developing the second-generation TSX body design, Acura designers
sought to retain the crisp, dynamic design of the original and enhance it by
widening the body overall and adding more muscular and distinctive cues to
create a keen-edged sports sedan.

    Exterior/Interior
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    Functionality and refinement converge with luxury and style in the
interior of the 2009 Acura TSX. Featuring a blend of contemporary shapes, a
high level of standard comfort and convenience features, widespread use of
premium materials and available Technology and Navigation Packages, this
5-passenger sports sedan offers the upscale modern interior that Canadian
buyers have come to expect from Acura.
    The TSX offers an exceptional level of standard equipment, including
standard sunroof and power passenger seat, new folding key with remote entry,
premium 7-speaker sound system with CD, AM/FM and a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
cellular phone interface. A HomeLink remote control system and a dash-mounted
electronic compass are also standard.
    The Premium Package adds leather seats, XM Radio, automatic headlights,
two-position driver memory seat, and digital media auxiliary USB jack with
iPod/iPhone compatibility. HID headlights and fog lamps also improve
functionality and add style.
    The available Technology Package adds a 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround
Premium Sound Audio System. This 10-speaker Acura/ELS(TM) system with
DVD-Audio includes a new Note function for XM(R) Radio that makes it easy to
identify songs to recall at a later date. With push of a button, the Note
function can capture 10 seconds of up to 30 songs, along with noting text
indicating song title, artist name, and XM(R) channel. The Technology Package
also adds Acura Navigation System with Bi-lingual Voice Recognition and
rearview camera.

    Safety
    ------
    The 2009 Acura TSX leads the way in safety with its new Advanced
Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure. Engineered into the
TSX model for the first time, ACE(TM) improves the dispersal of frontal crash
energy through the use of load-bearing frame structures that better match the
TSX with other vehicles of different sizes and with differing bumper heights.
ACE(TM) is designed to help maximize the effectiveness of the car's front
crumple zones, better dispersing crash forces before they reach the passenger
compartment.
    A broad range of passive safety features likewise contributes to occupant
safety, including six airbags (dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, new
dual-chamber front seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags for outboard
seating positions). Three-point seatbelts and head restraints are provided in
all seating positions, and front seatbelt load limiters with an integrated
automatic tensioning system further protect the TSX driver and front
passenger. A new Active Headrest Restrain System is used for the first time on
the TSX, while the rear seat features a Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren
(LATCH) system that allows for the easy and secure affixing of up to two child
seats.
    The 2009 Acura TSX is expected to achieve the highest ratings in both
U.S. government (NHTSA) and independent (IIHS) crash testing, including
garnering IIHS's 'TOP SAFETY PICK.'

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