Acura TL Type-S Interior Facts Part 1

Acura TL - Interior Facts

The Acura tradition of interior prestige and tailored function continues with an elegant and sporty interior for the TL. The instruments and controls are arranged to create an intimate and functional driver's cockpit that offers a feeling of connection and control. With its higher belt line, the TL has a substantial look and feel. Fine interior materials such as leather trimmed seats and real metal trim combine with close attention to detail and finish to give the TL a tangible feeling of elegance. The large interior has stylish and highly supportive seating and generous front and rear headroom.

The long TL standard feature list includes items like the first North American application of a standard Sound System with 6-disc CD, DVD-Audio, DTS(R) and Dolby(R) Pro Logic(R) II audio system that takes advantage of the latest technology to deliver sound resolution that's 500 times higher than conventional CD audio. XM(R) Satellite radio is also on the standard equipment list, as is a new MP3 player jack in the center armrest storage bin. The standard Acura HandsFreeLink(TM) system lets the driver dial a Bluetooth(TM)enabled mobile phone by voice, while a new, higher-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) shows mobile phone data, tracks the car's maintenance needs, displays warnings and offers an array of driver preference settings. The available Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition has a large 8-inch display with a new, redesigned interface and AcuraLink(TM) satellite communication system with Real-Time Traffic.

All TLs receive many updates to their interiors for the 2007 model year. Instrumentation, leather trim, accent trim and Active Noise Cancellation in the Type-S are all part of the driving experience of the 2007 TL.

Additionally, there are distinct styling differences between the TL and Type-S models. In addition to red ambient lighting (instead of the blue on TL models) the Type-S receives carbon fiber trim in place of wood, paddle shifters on automatic-equipped models, more highly bolstered front seats, stainless steel sport pedals, contrast stitching on the door panels, seats and steering wheel, and an available 6-speed manual transmission.
Interior at a Glance
Large passenger cabin with ample head room, shoulder room and front leg room
Luxurious cockpit designed for performance driving
New 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters for Type-S with automatic transmission
New gauge package features faces with new spun metal-look, distinctive trim rings and laser-etched numerals
Model-specific interior lighting - blue on TL, red on Type-S
New footwell lighting
New Grand Anigre wood patterned trim (TL)
Carbon fiber-look trim and contrast stitching on doors, seats and steering wheel (Type-S)
Tilt and telescope steering wheel
Re-designed seats with softer leather
Re-designed center console in TLs without navigation system uses vacuum fluorescent displays, similar to high-end audio systems
High-performance seats with increased lateral support and Type-S logo embossed on headrest (Type-S)
Driver's 8-way power seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Comprehensive safety features including standard side curtain airbags
Acura/ELS(TM) Premium 8-speaker Surround Sound System with DVD-Audio, DTS(R) and CD 6-disc Changer with MP3 and WMA capability, Dolby(R) Pro Logic(R) II, speed-sensitive volume compensation, AM/FM Tuner and Dolby(R) Cassette
New high-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions
Acura HandsFreeLink(R) system compatible with many Bluetooth(TM) mobile phones
Available Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM) (Standard on Type-S)
Available AcuraLink(TM) with Real-Time Traffic (Standard on Type-S)
Keyless Memory with two driver profiles and enhanced features
One Touch Start for easier starting (automatic-equipped models only)
Active Noise Cancellation (Type-S)
Superior interior fit and finish, including a seamless instrument panel cover that conceals the passenger SRS airbag lid
Dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system
Fully lined trunk with concealed speakers
New 3D Acura badge on steering wheel
Real aluminum trim on center console, doors and dash
Auxiliary audio jack with power outlet in center console bin
Stainless steel sport pedals (Type-S)

The TL interior has a dynamic and distinctive look, yet upholds the longstanding Acura tradition of highly functional driving environments. Given the sharp handling agility and power built into the TL, its interior echoes a clear sporting message. Fine details and rich surface finishes make it clear that the TL has not strayed from its luxury roots. Sweeping aluminum-alloy accents with a new pattern for 2007 wrap around the doors, flow onto the instrument panel and dive down the center console. Wood patterned accents warm the interior in the TL, while Type-S models have carbon fiber-look accents and contrast stitching on the door panels, seats and steering wheel, which creates an edgy look.

At night, the TL interior is transformed by new ambient lighting. The TL is bathed in a subtle blue light that coordinates with the instrumentation lighting, switchgear, and accent lighting, including the new footwell lighting. On the Type-S, red lighting replaces the blue, reinforcing its role as the enthusiast model.

Driver-Oriented Cockpit
The TL interior puts all important systems and controls within easy reach of the driver. The systems used most frequently-audio, cruise control, Acura HandsFreeLink(TM) and Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM)-have satellite controls positioned on the new 3-spoke steering wheel, leather-wrapped on Type-S. The new instrumentation is backlit and easy to read, and the displays have an uncluttered look and intuitive operation. The Multi-Info Display has been redesigned with higher resolution for better readability. Helpful features make driving easier, like power rearview mirrors that can be set to automatically tilt-down when reverse is engaged to make parking simpler.

With a driver's 8-way power seat and a tilt/telescoping steering column, it's easy to get comfortable in the TL. The one-touch moonroof switch is located in the overhead console. The Sequential SportShift selector features an intuitive interface for ease of use. The short-throw, close ratio 6-speed manual gearbox falls naturally to hand, and the shift knob and console-mounted parking brake lever are covered in a new textured leather. There is also a bottom-hinged throttle pedal with a more linear feel and natural motion. The Type-S features sporty-looking stainless steel pedals and a new carbon fiber-look automatic transmission shift knob in addition to the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Proper seat support helps foster a sense of connection with the car, and provides a useful avenue for dynamic chassis feedback to the driver. The TL's seat is revised with slightly lower shoulder wings for improved comfort. Type-S models get seats with additional side bolstering and the Type-S logo embossed in the leather headrest. Both TL models feature softer leather that doesn't sacrifice durability.

In both the TL and TL Type-S, the seats have new high-damping seat foam. The new foam improves ride comfort by isolating the driver from road imperfections. It also features a uniform cellular structure that is evenly cross linked, so that the load is distributed evenly to reduce driver fatigue.

Given the sporting/luxury TL mission, the 8-way power adjustable seat is engineered for long-haul comfort in addition to sporting support. All driver's seat power adjustments are included in Keyless Memory Link, a system that stores a pair of user profiles linked to the two key fobs that come with the TL.

For proper support of people of varying sizes and shapes, the TL driver's seat has a two-way power adjustable lumbar support mechanism. Unlike lumbar supports that sometimes have a sharp-edged feel, the TL system has a smooth shape that matches the spinal curvature to provide solid support for the torso and pelvis.
The front passenger seat is four-way power adjustable and has a fixed lumbar support. With their carefully engineered shape-complete with side bolstering-the outboard rear seats blend luxury with sporting support. Four-way front headrests are adjustable for height and tilt; the rear outboard headrests adjust vertically.

LED Instrumentation/Interior Lighting
One of the most dramatic changes to the interior is the new instrumentation. Still classic analog, the new instruments feature gauge faces with a high-tech spun metal look. The laser-etched LED backlit numerals appear to be cut out of the metal gauge face, and are clearly visible in daytime or at night. The progressive self-illuminating gauge package gives the car a "welcoming" feel. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes to life, then brightens progressively to 100 percent when the key is put in the ignition. The illuminated instrument needles and enunciator lights come alive when the ignition is turned on, indicating that the car is ready to go. At the end of the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.

TL receives blue interior lighting, while the Type-S is illuminated in red. All interior switches are illuminated to make them easy to find, including those on the steering wheel and all four doors. LEDs in the overhead console cast a subtle ambient glow on the center console area and like all the meter lights, are controlled by a dimmer mounted on the left side of the instrument panel. New footwell lighting is also coordinated to the model's color. Map/reading lights at all positions (not just in front) are bright and focused, to provide better illumination with less driver distraction. A master light switch is positioned in the overhead console within easy reach. The TL interior lights feature "theater dimming," which can be set by the driver to any of three rates via the new high-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID).

Cargo Carrying Versatility
Careful attention to the trunk shape and layout allows it to carry two extra large and two medium hard suitcases, or clubs and duffel bags for four golfers. For longer items, a lockable rear-seat trunk pass-through can accommodate up to four sets of skis and poles.

Attention to detail accents the finish and functionality of the TL trunk. Designed as a total acoustic package, it is completely lined throughout with all wiring concealed, and the rear speakers and navigation unit are fully protected. Enclosed hinge mechanisms minimize the potential for damage to luggage and a standard cargo net with a total of ten possible anchor points helps to secure objects. The spare tire is located under a tri-folding cover in the trunk floor and has a foam insert that keeps the jack and tools from rattling. The trunk can be opened via a release mounted low and on the driver's left side of the instrument panel, remotely with the key fob, or with a manual release accessible through the lockable trunk pass through. There is also an anti-trap release inside near the latch. For security, the trunk main switch is located in the glove box, which can be locked to prevent access by valets. A valet key is provided that will allow a parking attendant to operate the ignition, but will not open the glove box, trunk, or rear seat pass-through.
Comfort And Convenience Items
Comfort and convenience items are integrated throughout the handsome interior of the TL. There are cup holders in the front console and rear seat armrest that each accommodate two large drinks. There's a generously sized glove box, and the front doors have swing out rigid map pockets with removable sunglasses holders. Two covered storage areas are in the console immediately in front of the shifter; one holds four CD jewel cases, while the other features a 12-volt accessory socket. Both bins feature rubber mats to prevent items from slipping. There's room for another 10 CDs or six DVD-A cases inside the main center console beneath the armrest. This two-tier design has a leather-covered sliding armrest and a flocked upper tray for cell phone storage. A removable coin holder is built in, as is a 12-volt accessory outlet and AUX jack for an MP3 player or other device. Rigid seat-back map pockets have a clean, elegant look. Overhead, you'll find a roof console that incorporates a universal garage door opener which now incorporates HomeLink IV(R) logic.
High Quality Interior Finish
Substantial advances in fit and finish are evident in the TL interior. Upscale details include soft stitched passenger grab handles and redesigned concealed upper front seat belt anchors, soft cloth headliner and roof pillar covers. Key interior accent panels are made of aluminum alloy with a new pattern for 2007. Flush fits between the roof pillar linings and the headliner, flush interior door handle recesses and reduced panel gaps throughout the interior gives the TL interior a sleek and tailored appearance with the use of modern satin chrome throughout.

To ensure uniform fit and perfect seams, the leather-trimmed seating is sewn on automated machines. For 2007, a new tanning process is used for the leather surfaces that result in a softer feel.

For an integrated appearance, the TL uses a soft-touch instrument panel covering that completely conceals the passenger-side SRS airbag. Almost everywhere, soft materials and satin finishes are used in places the driver or a passenger are likely to touch, including soft-touch interior door grab handles, padded door armrests, leather center console, leather fold-down rear armrest, and the leather wrapped steering wheel.

Dual-Zone, Dual-Mode Acura Automatic Climate Control System
To help keep the interior comfortable regardless of the weather outside, the TL has a dual-zone, dual-mode Acura Automatic Climate Control System. This system lets the driver and front passenger set the temperature and air flow to their individual liking. A pair of adjustable vents in the rear of the center console keeps the back seat area comfortable. Large, simple to use controls make the system straightforward to use, even on cars equipped with the available Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM). With a full set of conventional button-type controls for the climate control system, it is not necessary to access basic climate control adjustments through the NAVI on-screen menus.

3-D Solar Sensing
With its position-sensing ability, the NAVI system contributes to overall passenger comfort with 3D Solar Sensing. Based on its continuously updated vehicle position information, the NAVI system can determine the position of the sun relative to the driver and passenger. With this information, the Acura Automatic Climate Control System automatically adjusts the temperature and system airflow from side-to-side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating. NAVI-equipped cars also offer the convenience of voice operation for some climate control functions.

Interior Color & Trim Combinations
To accommodate a wide range of buyer tastes, the TL interior comes in a wide range of colors. The leather-trimmed seating is available in Black, Ivory and Taupe in the TL, and in Taupe or contrasting Black and Taupe in the Type-S. Accent features vary based on the model. TL models have aluminum-alloy panels with rich Grand Anigre wood patterned accents. Type-S interior features aluminum-alloy panels with carbon fiber-look accents, and diagonal pattern contrast stitching on the door panel inserts as well as on the seats and steering wheel. The front seats also have the Type-S logo embossed on the headrests, and the Type-S badge is also on the bottom spoke of the steering wheel.

Keyless Memory Link And One Touch Start
A keyless entry system called Keyless Memory Link gives the TL a higher level of luxury and convenience by providing access to expanded keyless entry memory functions. The key and key fob have been combined for 2007 into a single "switchblade" key. Two keys are provided with the TL; each fob can be linked to one of two driver profiles. The key used to unlock the car triggers a specific driver profile and the system automatically positions the power driver's seat and outside mirrors to match that profile. Keyless Memory Link goes several steps farther, however, by including in the driver profile the climate control system and all seven of the customizable memory functions that are available via the MID (Multi-Info Display).

A number of functions are available via the key fob when outside the car. A single push of the "unlock" button will unlock only the driver's door; a second push unlocks all the doors. After unlocking all doors, holding down the "unlock" button down for more than one second will open the windows and moonroof to ventilate the car's interior.

Still more functions are available with the key in the lock on the driver's door. A single twist unlocks only the driver's door; a second twist unlocks all the doors. If you hold the key in the unlock position for more than one second, the moonroof and all the windows begin to open; return the key to the normal position and the windows stop. Holding the key in the "lock" position will close the moonroof and all windows.
A new feature for automatic-equipped TL and Type-S models is One Touch Start. The driver simply twists the key in the ignition to the "start" position and releases it, and the car will continue cranking until the engine has started. In the event of a problem, the One Touch Start system will stop after 8 to 10 seconds of starting and display a warning on the MID system.

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