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2011 Acura TSX Sedan Improves Style, Performance and Efficiency

 

TORONTO11/18/2010

 

TORONTO (November 18, 2010) – Acura has announced a number of major updates to its TSX sports sedan for the 2011 model year. Topping the list, the Acura TSX sedan receives a freshened exterior look along with a wide array of new features and technology with particular attention to further improving quality and cabin quietness. In addition, improvements have been made to both the 2.4L4 and 3.5L V-6 engines that yield improved fuel efficiency, lower emissions and longer engine life.



“For the 2011 model year, the Acura TSX offers an enhanced appearance, more owner-relevant technology and improved class-leading fuel economy,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc.  “The TSX is designed to provide Canadians with an excellent choice and outstanding value in the entry-luxury class.”



On the outside, the 2011 TSX receives a new front fascia, revised chin spoiler, new fog light garnish assembly and an updated grill. The updated front end teams with new underbody panels to improve aerodynamics. At the rear, revised taillights and an updated rear license plate garnish add more visual appeal for the TSX.



The standard 17-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels for the 2.4L 4-cylinder model now incorporate a machined lip on the face of the spokes, and the split 5-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels remain standard with the 3.5L V-6 model.



Inside, the 2011 TSX receives a number of visual upgrades in the form of revised styling for the centre console, darker trim pieces, brightly finished door handles, an updated parking brake handle and new garnishes for the steering wheel.



The Canadian-exclusive standard TSX model with cloth interior, will now feature standard auto on/off headlamps, fog lights, a USB input jack as well as XM radio with three months of complimentary service. 



The TSX Premium package trim features new contrasting-colour stitching for the leather seats, door armrests and centre console. Rear seat occupants will enjoy added comfort thanks to the addition of heating/cooling vents mounted at the rear of the centre console.



Acura is known for its extensive array of user-relevant technology, and the 2011 TSX further expands on this concept. New for 2011, the TSX with available Technology Package now includes an LED backlit full VGA navigation screen that generates 400 per cent better resolution than before, improved navigation system functions (faster performance, improved search ability and expanded map coverage), Song By Voice™ user interface, a 60-gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD) system, and the ability to download 15-gigabytes of personal music to the HDD system. Now with the ability to store more than 3,500 songs, there is no longer a need to carry around bulky CDs.



Acura has always put emphasis on building an interior that is exceptionally quiet, and for 2011 the TSX has even greater cabin serenity thanks to items such as a new acoustic glass front windshield, thicker side glass, increased use of sound-deadening insulation, improved floor mats and new underfloor covers.



For 2011, both the 2.4L inline four-cylinder and 3.5L V6 engines receive numerous improvements to reduce internal operating friction which are designed to help improve fuel economy, lower carbon dioxide (CO2) output and increase engine life.



As a result, the friction reduction measures are a significant element to improve fuel economy as evidenced by improvements in city, highway and combined fuel economy for both the 2.4L I-4 and the 3.5L V-6.  [See chart.



2011 TSX estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy ratings

TSX model Estimated F/E rating Improvement 

(compared to 2010 model)

2.4L I-4 (5AT) 9.3 /6.2 / 7.9 L/100Km

(City, Hwy, combined) 0.3 city, 0.3 highway, 0.3 (combined)

2.4L I-4 (6MT) 9.9 /6.8 / 8.5 L/100Km

(City, Hwy, combined) 0.6 city, 0.2 highway, 0.4 (combined)

3.5L V-6 (5AT) 10.7 /7.0 / 9.0 L/100Km

(City, Hwy, combined) 0.6 city, 0.4 highway, 0.5 (combined)



New automatic transmission programming helps maximize the engine output by allowing for Shift Hold Control during cornering along with “smart shift” functionality that allows for semi-manual operation when in Drive, not just when in Sport Mode. In addition, the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission now features a fluid warmer that helps improve shift quality, transmission durability and engine fuel economy for winter driving.



The 2011 Acura TSX will be on sale at Acura dealerships this winter.  Canadian pricing for the 2011 TSX has not yet been announced.