Redesigned 2009 Acura RL Unveiled at Chicago Auto Show



    Revised Styling, Larger Engine, and Improved Handling Help RL Raise the
    Luxury-Performance Bar

    CHICAGO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - The redesigned 2009 Acura RL luxury sedan made
its debut today at the Chicago Auto Show. Featuring revised exterior styling,
an upgraded interior, advanced technologies and powerful new engine, the RL
once again raises the scope of performance, style, and luxury. The 2009 RL
will go on sale this spring at Acura dealerships across Canada.
    The 2009 RL features new advanced technologies such XM(R) Note, Active
Sound Control and Bluetooth(R) Audio to an already robust list of features on
the previous RL.
    To enhance handling, new chassis technology abounds in the drivetrain
with an improved Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) system, a revised steering
system, upgraded coil springs, better performing shock absorbers, larger rear
stabilizer bar, and more aggressive wheels and tires. Performance is enhanced
with a new, larger 3.7-litre V6 engine that incorporates the first SOHC use of
VTEC(R) valvetrain actuation for both the intake and exhaust valves.
    "RL represents an elevated level of engineering, technology, performance
and luxury," said Jim Miller, executive vice president, Honda Canada Inc.
"It's designed for Canadians who are looking for an advanced
performance-luxury sedan."
    For 2009, the RL will be offered in two trim levels - RL and RL Elite
Package. Both RL trims receive a potent new 3.7-litre V6 engine, revised Super
Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM), a Bose(R) Surround Sound audio system,
Bluetooth(R) HandsFreeLink(R) connectivity, the satellite-linked Acura
Navigation System with Bi-Lingual Voice Activation(TM), a rear view back-up
camera, GPS-based solar-sensing climate control system, and heated rear seats.
    The RL Elite Package features Active Front Lighting System (AFS),
CMBS(TM) (Collision Mitigation Braking System(TM)), Adaptive Cruise Control
(ACC) and genuine wood instrument panel trim.
    The advanced technology built into the RL begins with the most powerful
engine ever offered in an Acura luxury sedan. An all-new 3.7-litre V6 engine
produces 300 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque developed by an innovative
new VTEC(TM) valvetrain system for both the intake and exhaust valves, a
higher compression ratio, and a special dual-stage magnesium intake manifold
that enables the intake to function as a single- or dual-plenum manifold
design based on engine operating parameters.
    To handle the higher power of the 3.7-litre engine, a new version of the
Sequential SportShift automatic transmission is equipped on the 2009 RL.
Featuring new "smart" F1(R)-style steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a
new straight-gate console-mounted gear selector, the RL driver now has more
gear control than before.
    The RL's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM)) system returns
for 2009, but is now quicker responding and better performing. There are
numerous traction advantages of all-wheel drive, yet SH-AWD(TM) does a key
function that is not available with traditional AWD systems - it utilizes
torque vectoring to increase the rotation speed of an outside rear wheel
during aggressive cornering to help the car turn more effectively while under
power. This "yaw" function reduces the cornering load on the front tires to
minimize understeer, to improve handling balance, and to escalate total
cornering grip.
    For 2009 the RL features higher rate coil springs, larger diameter
stabilizer bars, stiffer subframe mount bushings and improved design steering
rack components. To further improve handling and looks, new 18-inch diameter
7-spoke aluminum wheels are matched with more aggressive tires (replacing the
previous 17-inch wheel/tire offering).
    Inside, the 2009 RL features a more elegantly styled interior that
includes more room for rear seat passengers, easier-to-use front seat belts,
door-mounted pull pockets, softer arm rests, redesigned vents, larger/clearer
lettering for HVAC controls, and easier actuation of climate control
functions. A revised steering wheel with available genuine wood trim (included
with the RL Elite Package) and metal-look accents is now fitted to the RL
along with a matching wood-trimmed transmission shift knob. Complementing the
steering wheel are upgraded gauges that incorporate brushed metal accents for
enhanced appearance.
    New for 2009 is 10-way power adjustability for the passenger front seat,
same as the driver's seat. The centre panel controls are more intuitive and
are surrounded by a new background colour along with improved quality wood
patterned panels. These interior upgrades are complemented by advanced
electronics that include a satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with
Bi-Lingual Voice Activation(TM). The spectacular Acura/Bose(R) 10-speaker
Sound System with DVD-Audio returns with the addition of Bluetooth(R) Audio,
even richer audio sound, XM(R) Note to remember and play back a portion of
favourite songs, improved button legibility, and a USB connectivity port.
    To enhance the full complement of safety features in the RL, a new Active
Head Restraint System is built into the front seats to help improve neck and
head protection in the event in a rear impact collision.

    Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. Six
distinct vehicles (CSX, TSX, RDX, TL, RL and MDX) are marketed under the Acura
brand. Both the Acura CSX luxury compact sedan and the MDX luxury sport
utility vehicle are produced at the Honda of Canada Mfg. facility in Alliston,
Ontario.

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