Date: July 21, 2003 14:16
Things have been a little quiet here in the news section regarding the '04 TL, yet little tidbits of information have been accumulating, so I figured now's probably a good time to offer up the prevailing wisdom in a single spot. There seems to be enough critical mass surrounding a lot of this information to lend it a fair bit of credibility.
According to dealer color charts, it appears the TL will be offered in 6 variants in the US: 5AT, 5AT Navi, 6MT, 6MT Navi, 6MT HPT, 6MT HPT/Navi. In Canada, a "Dynamic" model is listed in place of the HPT. HPT supposedly stands for "High Performance Tire" and it is supposed to be an "inexpensive" upgrade package consisting of "High Performance" summer tires (rather than all-season). Despite reports from other media sources, AWD does not appear to be in the cards for '04. The motor is said to be 3.2-3.4L in displacement, with "more horsepower than the current TL Type-S". Exterior color choices are said to include Nighthawk Black Pearl, White Diamond Pearl, Satin Silver Metallic, Desert Mist Metallic, Abyss Blue Pearl, Redondo Red Pearl, Anthracite Metallic, and Deep Green Pearl. For the interior, there are four color choices: Camel, Parchment, Quartz, and Ebony. The official launch date of the '04 TL in the US is said to be October 6, with Canda's launch said to be set for October 15th. The above information comes with a reasonably high degree of certainty.
On a less certain front, rumours are swirling about concerning the availability of upgraded brakes (possibly Brembos), and a stiffer suspension. It is also speculated that these upgrades will only be available on 6MT models, though it is unclear whether they will be a part of the "HPT" package, or part of the standard 6MT equipment list.
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July 21, 2003 15:17