The car also comes equipped with XM Satellite Radio and a hands-free wireless phone system, using Bluetooth technology with voice recognition.
The only optional equipment, the Acura Navigation system, features an 8-inch touch-screen display that can be controlled with voice commands.
On the safety side, the car features Electronic Brake Force Distribution, which continuously and automatically adjusts the pressure to the front and rear brakes depending on how the vehicle is loaded.
There is a new maintenance reminder system that alerts owners when certain types of routine service, such as oil changes and tire rotation, are needed.
Other standard equipment includes a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat and a power moonroof.
"The TL is a very important model for Acura," Elliott said. "We asked people about their likes and dislikes" of the previous model. "Most were satisfied with the handling and performance, but they wanted more comfort. The No. 1 reason they didn't buy it was the exterior styling and certain features."
Benchmarks for the new TL were the BMW 5 series for performance and the Lexus ES 300 for comfort.
The company is targeting men in their 40s who are married and have children. The current average age of a TL buyer is about 50 years old.
Elliott projects annual sales of about 65,000. He estimates 85 percent of the sales will be the automatic transmission, and 25 percent of the buyers will order the optional voice-recognition navigation system.
Joel Enright, general sales manager at McGrath Acura in Glenview, Ill., is excited.
"If the new TL is anywhere near as good as the previous one, we'll be in good shape," he says. "It has a lot of new technology that should make it a winner - voice navigation system, Bluetooth, 270 hp. We've got a new (Acura) store going up (a half mile from this store), so we need this car for the store to be successful."