This is the Acura ILX Concept, a so-called concept version of firm’s next luxury compact sedan that is scheduled to be launched in Spring 2012. The new car will be positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand and will feature three different powertrains, including Acura's first-ever gas-electric hybrid. According to Acura, the new ILX combines luxury, performance and efficiency.
The new ILX models will feature an entry-level model powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, a high-performance model with a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission and as we said, a hybrid model powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. Regarding the interior, Acura promises a high–quality, well-appointed interior that is smart, spacious and sport. Moreover, the ILX will feature a smart entry keyless access system and pushbutton start, along with Pandora internet radio interface and SMS text message function for smart connectivity with the world.
Just like any other Acura model, the ILX will be offered as standard with plenty of features, different trim levels (that will include a Technology Package), multiple transmission choices, and excellent standard safety features. The safety features include Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, front, side and side-curtain airbags, 4-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). The new Acura ILX will be by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, in its Greensburg, Ind. Plant. "First time luxury buyers place the highest value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues and that's a virtual definition of what we have created with the new Acura ILX," said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. "The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market."