Early this morning, not far from Honda's U.S. facilities, we were lucky enough to get a quick glance at the next-generation Acura TSX. The new TSX will take on a more aggressive look, taking design cues from the Sports 4 concept car shown at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.
An improved 2.4L i-VTEC four-cylinder motor will go into the base model with an expected 20–30–hp bump. The entry-level model will sport either a six-speed manual, or five-speed auto, and will be front-wheel drive.
A hotter Type-S model should also appear with power coming from the 260-hp turbocharged motor also found in the Acura RDX. The sportier model will feature a six-speed auto/manual DSG gearbox, and is expected to feature Honda's Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system. While this vehicle will be sold as the Acura TSX in the United States, this same car, with just a few minor styling adjustments, will also sell in European markets as the new Honda Accord.
With the 2008 Honda Accord getting a diesel motor, it is possible that we could see a diesel TSX as well. Look for the TSX to start production towards the end of 2008.
Photo Credit: Chris Doane for Brenda Priddy & Co.