NEW YORK—Practicality continues to creep into the luxury car market. Witness the increasing popularity of station wagons (of all things) like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and the Volvo V50. Acura has entered the fray with its TSX Sports Wagon that debuted during media days at The New York International Auto Show.
“Sports wagons were always popular in Europe, said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. "We’re seeing growing potential for this alternative in the U.S.”
The TSX Sports Wagon will be powered by Acura’s 2.4-liter, all-aluminum inline four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters. That engine in its sedan sibling pumps out 201 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. Technology highlights include an available hard disk drive-based navigation system, standard Bluetooth, USB port, and auxiliary jack music interface.
Power and technology are not this wagon’s main selling points. According to Acura, it's practicality. The wagon’s flexible space includes under-floor bins that can hold a laptop and removable side panels for larger cargo like golf clubs. Mendel said during a press conference that the TSX wagon’s expected highway fuel economy is 30 mpg.
No pricing information was announced. The TSX Sport Wagon is expected to hit dealerships in the late fall.
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