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2019 Acura ILX receives major refresh with new styling and enhanced techs

Japanese luxury carmaker Acura implemented a surprisingly major refresh of its Acura ILX compact sedan for the 2019 model year. Aside from getting a new styling and enhanced technologies, the 2019 Acura ILX is joining the TLX sedan as well as the RDX and MDX utilities in receiving the latest-generation A-Spec treatment.

The refresh of the new 2019 Acura ILX completes the transformation of the brand’s new design identity across it lineup. The compact sedan is now all-new from the A-pillars forward, with a new face taking inspiration from Acura Precision Concept. Its front section is now defined by a more sharply sculpted hood, the Diamond Pentagon Grille as flanked by the seven-element Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights. On the rear, the new ILX features a new rear fascia, an all-new decklid, a lower diffuser with exposed exhaust outlet as well as LED taillights. The new Acura rides on a set of 17-inch split-5 spoke wheel.

The exterior color palette for the new ILX – already featuring Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic -- has been expanded to include five new colors: Canyon Bronze Metallic, Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl and Platinum White Pearl, as well as Apex Blue Pearl that is exclusive for the A-Spec version.

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Acura gives the ILX the A-Spec Special Edition trim

As we all know, the Acura ILX has been out in the market for quite some time now - since 2012 to be more specific. And of course, to keep it alive, Acura had to come up with a unique trim they call the A-Spec Special Edition trim. This new trim will cost you $28,900, and includes a number of new features. It is already available in the United States.

Some of the upgrades include side sills, a deckled spoiler, unique badging all over and a new set of 18-inch A-Spec wheels. Apart from the new upgrades, the Acura ILX offers the same standard features including the Acura JewelEye LED headlights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a multi-view rear view camera, five-inch multi-view display, keyless smart entry with push button start, security system and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. There is also the AcuraWatch, which features a number of safety features as well as driver assistive technologies, among others, but this costs an additional $1,300 when added to the base model.

Under the hood, there is a 2.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an output of 201 horsepower and 180 pound feet (244 Newton metres) of torque. The whole ILX lineup has a fuel economy of 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined. All in all, there are seven unique trim options for the ILX, that already include the Special Edition. As for pricing, customers could get the entry level ILX for $28,100, $28,900 for the Special Edition, and $29,400 for the AcuraWatch Plus. For the ILX Premium, it would cost $30,100, while the Premium A-Spec can be had for $32,100. For an even higher trim, the ILX Tech Plus starts at $33,100, and the range topping ILX Tech Plus A-Spec is priced at $35,100.

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2015 SEMA: Acura restores 1993 Ludacris Legend sedan, shows custom ILX and NSX

Acura is showing that it is not to be taken lightly in terms of its passion for performance and customization by displaying a number of past, present and future models at the 2015 SEMA Show.

These models include the restored 1993 "Ludacris Legend" sedan, a sport-modified MY2016 Acura ILX by Galpin Auto Sports, the new Acura NSX supercar, and a MY2016 Acura ILX with the Acura Genuine Accessory Package in Slate Silver Metallic.

With the support of Acura's Torrance-based Design Studio and guidance of Acura global creative director Dave Marek, the marque was able to fully restore an Acura vehicle owned by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, a multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY award-winning artist and actor.

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Acura launches MY2016 ILX sedan with $28,820 starting price

Luxury carmaker Acura has launched its latest offering -- the new MY2016 Acura ILX sedan -- with a starting price of $28,820. The MY2016 Acura ILX boasts of several improvements. However, despite those improvements, the overall price surge will be just around $900, and the final price tag still includes destination charges.

Compared to the manual-only MY2015 Acura ILX 2.4, the MY2016 ILX is less expensive by $1,450. Improvements include the powertrain as the MY2016 ILX now features a direct-injected 2.4-liter I4 engine (seen on the Acura TLX) that chugs out 201hp of output and 180lb-ft. of torque and is mated to an eight-speed dual clutch sequential manual transmission.

This essentially makes the MY2016 Acura ILX more powerful than its predecessor, which is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. While the new engine is more powerful, it is also more efficient. In fact, the MY2016 ILX features an EPA-rated fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon (combined), compared to 28 mpg (combined) for the MY2015 version.

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Acura took the wraps off its redesigned 2016 ILX sports sedan at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and announced that its new model will hit the dealerships in early 2015. So, for the 2016MY, the Acura ILX arrives with restyled front and rear fascias, standard Jewel Eye LED headlights, bigger wheels and upgraded interior materials.

Six available grades will be available, which means that three additional packages were added: Premium Package, Technology Plus Package and A-Spec Package. The A-Spec Package adds a side sill garnish, trunk spoiler, front fog lights and new 10-spoke 18-inch wheels with gloss black inserts. Under the hood, there is a 2.4-liter 16-valve, direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque.

Compared with the current engine, there new model arrives with extra 51 hp and 40 lb-ft of torque. The engine is bolted to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with torque converter and paddle-controlled Sequential Sport Shift. Other features of the 2016 Acura ILX include a a new driver’s seat memory function, Homelink remote, as well as the Acura On-Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) with an 8-inch display screen and lower 7-inch touchscreen.

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American Honda Motor Co. will offer Apple's Siri Eyes Free in several of its models, including the 2013-2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX, starting December 3, 2013.  The Siri Eyes Free will allow drivers with compatible iPhone models to voice-instruct Siri to perform certain functions on their phone while keeping their focus on driving.

This hands-free software employs the vehicle's onboard speakers and microphones to read and send e-mails and text messages.

Siri Eyes Free can also check the weather and set up calendar entries while providing voice navigation, sports scores, and stock quotes. The hands-free program also aims to limit distractions by keeping the iPhone's screen from lighting up. 

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MAD Industries unveiled the Acura Street Performance ILX, a car designed to attract people looking for a fun car that “feels at home on city streets or a curvy mountain pass”. Showing up in a matte copper metallic and accented by matte charcoal metallic 3M Scotchprint 1080 film, the Acura Street Performance ILX comes with Acura Genuine Accessories aero kit consisting of a front underbody spoiler, side sills, rear underbody spoiler, deck lid spoiler and body side molding.

Moreover, we find PIAA 9006 low beam and 9005 high beam Extreme White headlight bulbs, H11 fog lamps and Terra LED dome light bulbs. A new set of 19-inch TSW Max matte black wheels were added, as well as a Tein Super Street coilovers, Stoptech Big Brake kit and MPG custom satin black caliper covers.

The powertrain was also updated and the Acura Street Performance ILX comes with CT Engineering supercharger kit and intake, Hondata FlashPro, Greddy SP Elite prototype exhaust, K&N high performance air filter, AMSOIL Dominator motor oil.

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No changes were made to the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid. In fact, it’s still priced from $29,795 (which includes destination costs of $895). However, the loaded 2014 Acura ILX with the Technology Package is more expensive than the 2013 model with a price of $35,495. The powertrain of the ILX Hybrid consists of a 1.5-liter inline-four with an output of 90 hp and 97 lb-ft of torque and an electric motor that delivers 111 hp and 127 lb-ft. 

The ILX Hybrid has a continuously variable transmission. The EPA has given it a rating of 39/38 mpg city/highway, similar to what last year’s model offered. The standard equipment on the 2014 ILX Hybrid includes cloth seats, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, and a moonroof.

The Technology Package for the 2014 model is slightly more expensive but it has the same features and comes with a navigation system, surround sound stereo, xenon lights, and leather seats.

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Acura has just introduced the 2014 ILX luxury sports sedan, a car that promises to offer eight new standard features comparing it with the 2013MY. According to the official press release, the 2014 Acura ILX gets upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera but also new leather seating surfaces and leatherette door liners. Moreover, the 2014 ILX receives a new audio-system subwoofer and an Active Noise Cancellation as standard.

Still, the 2014 Acura ILX comes with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $26,900, an increase of $1,000. For the 2014 model year, the ILX gets a standard 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that generates 150 hp, paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission.

According to the manufacturer, this model will get an EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 24/35/28 mpg. If you want a more dynamic driving experience, the ILX can be equipped with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission matched to a 2.4-liter engine generating 201 horsepower. This model will have an EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 22/31/25 mpg. Information on the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid will be announced at a later date.

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Even if sales for the new 2013 Acura ILX have not been extraordinary, there are reports that the automaker is planning a significant change to its powertrain that could make the premium compact sedan successful. John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president, told Automotive News that Acura wants to drop the 2.0-liter I-4 from the lineup because it’s “underpowered, and consumers don’t see the value.”

This may mean that it will be replaced by the racier 201-hp 2.4-liter in order to distinguish the ILX from the 140-hp Civic.

The more powerful 2.4-liter unit is presently coupled exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. However, Mendel hinted that a 2.4 automatic is being developed. These revisions are likely to boost ILX sales, which are nowhere near the original goal of 30,000 units a year.

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A competition version of the new 2013 Acura ILX is on display at the 2012 SEMA Show before it makes its competition debut at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race set for next month. Team Honda Research- West designed and created this vehicle. In compliance with NASA U.S. Touring Car specs, a couple of E1 class Acura ILX sedans will join the traditional 25-hour endurance race that marks the annual conclusion of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) season at the tough three-mile Thunderhill road course north of Sacramento, California.

Team Honda Research-West (THR-W) is composed mainly of Torrance, California-based associates from Honda R&D Americas, Inc., who work after-hours to display Honda and Acura products on the track.

The team got a couple of new Acura ILX "body in white" bare chassis in early 2012 from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, which is where the model is exclusively built. In addition, a couple of "donor" cars from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was utilized to offer suspension, powertrain, interior and electronic parts. As soon as the chassis and donor cars were sent to the THR-W workshop, a wide-ranging build program started that called for the use of as many OEM components as possible, to maintain its serviceability and to test the actual durability of Acura's latest sedan.

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After being absent at the SEMA Show for 6 years, Acura now makes its comeback with the supercharged ILX "Street Build" project based on the all-new 2013 ILX luxury compact sedan. To create this supercharged 2013 Acura ILX "Street Build" project car, Evasive Motorsports got an ILX luxury sedan and gave it an Acura Genuine Accessories aero kit and a series of aftermarket modifications meant to offer a fun, everyday vehicle that’s tastefully built.

Mike Accavitti, Vice President of National Marketing Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said that the ILX has premium standard features and sporty dynamics. Priced from $25,900, the 2013 Acura ILX "Street Build" project car is aimed at attracting younger buyers to the luxury market.

He added that the ILX project cars brought to SEMA illustrates how much appeal this platform has on fans, driving the new model’s momentum. Evasive Motorsports built the Acura ILX "Street Build" to attract a serious tuner by using only parts that improve the experience without compromising drivability.

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Honda Motor Co. disclosed Thursday that it is recalling 321,453 CR-V SUVs and Acura ILX sedans around the world to replace faulty door locks. The recall will affect about 20,920 model-year 2012 CR-Vs and around 800 model-year 2013 Acura ILXs in Canada.

According to Honda, simultaneous operation of the driver's or front passenger's inner door handle and either the manual or power door lock may result in the inner door handle release cable becoming partially disengaged.

As a result, the door may not latch when closed or the door may latch and close, but may open when the door locks are operated, Honda said. 

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Acura makes his comeback to the entry-luxury segment with the 2013 ILX sedan after departing in 2006 with the termination of the RSX hatchback. The ILX has the same underpinnings as the Honda Civic just like the RSX and the Integra before it. This isn’t the first luxury car to use the underpinnings of a mass-market cousin. The interiors of the Civic and the ILX are different but the driving dynamics of the Acura seems too similar to the Civic.

The ILX is powered exclusively by the base 2.0-liter engine, which enables the car to get to 60mph in 9.6 seconds. It is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It has a faster shift response than Acura's slightly bigger TSX, but with reduced shift shock.

Those who want the ILX to have a better performance should know that it can be fitted with the 201-hp 2.4-liter four-banger from the Civic Si but just with a six-speed stick. Those who have a preference for fuel economy may want the ILX that provides an Acura version of the Civic Hybrid that enables cruising in EV mode between 10 and 45 mph. The ILX Hybrid returns an estimated 39 mpg city/38 highway.

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Acura has unveiled the production variant of the 2013 ILX compact sedan, which will be formally introduced at the Chicago Auto Show. The company said that this vehicle will be an entry point into the luxury brand of Honda. The sedan, which seats five people, will come in three engine selections, one of which is Acura's first gasoline-electric hybrid. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will power the base ILX. This engine produces 150 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque.

A five-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. Fuel economy rating for that model is at 32 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in the city. As for the upgraded models, they will have a 2.4-liter engine with 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. A six-speed manual will be offered as an option for these models. Fuel economy drops to 29 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.

The first hybrid model of Acura will utilize Honda's 1.5-liter engine with its Integrated Motor Assist electric motor. This will be matched with a continuously variable transmission, returning an approximated 38 mpg on the highway. The gasoline and electric motors can produce a combined power of 111 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. The ILX hybrid showcases stop/start technology and regenerative braking in order to conserve fuel and recharge the battery. 

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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.

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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.

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