1999 Acura 3.5RL Flagship Sedan Leads Acura Lineup With Dynamic New Styling, Luxurious Appointments

9/30/1998 6:19:52 PM

The Acura 3.5RL flagship luxury sedan has been extensively redesigned for 1999, featuring new styling, sportier handling, and additional luxury and safety feature, making it one of the most powerful and luxurious sedans in its Class.

Beginning with a new exterior design, the 3.5RL has a more aggresive look. With a wider stance than the previous model and chiseled character lines, the 3.5RL exhibits a more stylish and elegant posture, resulting in enhanced aerodynamic performance. In addition, body rigidity has been increased to provide better handling while reducing interior noise and vibration levels.

Two major safety improvements for the new 1999 3.5RL are the addition of an advanced,
side air bag system and an industry exclusive, a dual-stage passenger supplemental restraint
system (SRS) airbag. The sophisticated side air bags are,mounted in.the side bolsters of the
driver and passenger front seats while seven sensors in the passenger seat determine the size and
position of the occupant. The sensors will not allow the bag to inflate if a small passenger is leaning into the path of bag deployment.

To enhance the protection of the front-seat passenger during a variety of frontal impact
collisions, a new dual-state inflator varies the deployment power of the passenger front SRS air
bag by reducing the rate inflation during low-speed collisions.

To further enhanct the '99 RL's sporty character, the double-wishbone suspension has
been retuned to improve handling responsiveness. Increased damping rates and revised spring,and bushing settings improve both cornering stability and ride comfort. Larger, more, powerful
disc brakes in the front rear are combined with a four-wheel Antilock Braking System (ABS)
for sure, predictable stops. New HighIntensity Discharge (HID) headlights,withpowerful xenon
bulbs provide exceptionat night time visibility.

Interior improvenents for the 1999 RL are designed to create a more inviting driver' s
cockpit and passenger's environment. New comfort and, convenience features include a 6-disc
CD changer, an automatic day/night rearview mirror, the addition of the HomeLinkTMsystem to
the sun visor, a burled - camphor- trimmed instrument panel and center console armrest with a
pop-out beverage holder and an accessory power outlet in the center console beneath the cellular
phone storage tray.

For 1999 the Acura 3.5RL is offered in one fully appointed trim level with only one
factory-installed option, the Acura Navigation System.The second-generationAcura Navigation
System is one of the most sophisticated, yet easy-to;-use, satellite-linked navigation.systems on
the market today.

New functions are available on the Acura Navigation System include current location details,
which allow the driver to see his or her current location with the touch of a button, a balloon
function, which offers address information of any location on the map display, key shading,
which automatically shades letters that are not possible next letters when entering a destination
via the touch screen, and finally, destination input by phone number, which offers drivers the
option of inputting a phone number of a point of interest to pull up the location

Like all Acura models, the 3.5RL is coveredby a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile
bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury
Care (TLC), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.