The Acura Concept TL debuts at the 2003 New York auto show on April 16, 2003, previewing the third-generation, 2004 TL sedan. The Concept TL was several inches shorter and smaller than the outgoing TL production model to generate a sportier sedan with a tighter package.
The concept, with a long hood and shorter rear overhang, featured a wiperless windshield. Instead, nozzles shot air to clear snow, rain and ice from the front glass.
The first 2004 Acura TL rolled off the assembly line on Sept. 30, 2003, and went on sale in the U.S. on Oct. 6, 2003.
It was derived from the 7th-generation Honda Accord and was developed mainly in the United States by an engineering team led by Erik Berkman and American Honda designer Jon Ikeda, who now heads the brand.
The third-generation TL was a little smaller than the model it replaced.
It was powered by a 270 hp -- later revised to 258 hp, based on revised SAE standards, and 233 pound-feet of torque -- 3.2-liter, V-6 engine paired with a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox.
It proved popular, with U.S. sales peaking at 78,218 in 2005, and was replaced by the TLX in 2014.