Honda announced today that it will build the new 2013 Acura ILX in Indiana and that the production will start in the spring of 2012. According to the manufacturer, the new ILX will be Acura's first-ever hybrid model and will also be the first model to be produced in Indiana.
Moreover, the new car will be positioned at the gateway to the Acura lineup. Still, the ILX will not be available only as a hybrid as Acura will also offer a gasoline version.
2013 Acura ILX will be officially introduced at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit during media preview days. Still, this will not be the only surprise, as Acura will also bring a new RDX sport-utility vehicle and a concept version of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar.
The new Acura ILX is the brand’s flagship model for 2013. With its amazing new looks, who would’ve thought that the luxury compact sedan also delivers value for your money? Needless to say, Acura aims to attract consumers belonging to the so-called gen Y. Let’s read on to know more.
John Ikeda thought it would be the best choice of vehicle for a successful young generation. As the head of Acura Design Studio, Ikeda made sure that the ILX wouldn’t disappoint first time luxury car buyers. Moreover, he made sure that aside from its gorgeous exterior, the car must be environment-friendly and also affordable. They designed the ILX with this in mind so that their marketing strategy would be more effective to begin with.
As expected, the 2013 Acura ILX brings customers a lot of reasons to be happy about their purchase. The sporty and sleek new design is a combination of efficiency, performance and luxury in one package. In fact, Acura continues to uphold the brand’s sophisticated exteriors to provide the most aerodynamically efficient features available.
Furthermore, the 5-door sedan also has superior outside visibility with its adequately proportioned greenhouse design. Besides that, the ILX comes with a very spacious passenger cabin and luggage compartment, perfect for highly busy individuals wanting to have the best of everything.
The 2013 model will be available in three engine variants. Aside from the 2.0L and 2.4 powertrains, Acura ILX will also come out with the brand’s first gas electric hybrid model. Let’s have a closer look at each of the engine options.
The entry level features a 150hp 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine and is capable of 6,500rpm with torque of up to 140lb-ft at 4,300rpm. Based on the EPA, the same engine can also deliver 24/32mpg estimated fuel savings whether taken just around the city or even on the highway. This model even has the 5-speed Sequential SportShift AT to boot.
Meanwhile, the 2.4L engine is designed for a more pleasurable driving performance. This ILX model boasts of 201hp at 7,00rpm and has a powerful 170 lb-ft torque output at 4,300 rpm. Since it comes with a 6-speed (close ratio) Manual Transmission, the EPA estimated its fuel economy to come close to 20/29mpg (both for city and highway driving).
And for the first time ever, Acura introduces the ILX hybrid model. This variant features the Integrated Motor Assist paired with the 1.5L inline engine. Once again, whichever you choose to drive it to, be it around the metro or the hi-way, the EPA-tested hybrid sedan bears the highly advanced CVT for its gearbox, thus, delivering unmatched 35/38mpg fuel economy rating.