Acura gives the ILX the A-Spec Special Edition trim

Article by Christian A., on October 6, 2017

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.

For some, the ILX may not offer much excitement, but they could always go for the sportier version that is the TLX A-Spec with as much as 290 horsepower from its V6 engine, and its sport-tuned suspension. The sportier model can be had in either a front wheel drive or an all wheel drive, and it will get a set of 19 inch wheels, a gloss black decklid spoiler, round dual-exhaust tips and more distinguishable side sills. If you opt for the TLX that is equipped with the A-Spec, be ready to spend $45,750.

Now, with the arrival of the Special Edition Acura ILX, you now have a reason to get your hands on one.

Press Release

2018 Acura ILX Lineup Gains Special Edition, On Sale Tomorrow

The 2018 Acura ILX sport sedan arrives at Acura dealerships beginning tomorrow with a new Special Edition featuring A-Spec goodies that include aero body components, 18-inch wheels and unique badging. The 2018 ILX starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $28,100, with the new Special Edition coming in at $28,900. ILX serves as the gateway model to the Acura lineup and has posted month-over-month sales gains every month this year, appealing to new entry-luxury buyers with its sophisticated design, lively performance and upmarket quality.

New for 2018

For 2018, the Acura ILX adds a Special Edition trim, which includes 18-inch wheels, side sills and a rear spoiler from the A-Spec package, making it an excellent value in its class. The Special Edition adds to a long list of standard equipment on all ILX models including Acura JewelEye® LED headlights, an 8-way power driver's seat, multi-view rearview camera, auto on/off headlights, one-touch power moonroof, Bluetooth® HandsFree Link®, 5-inch Multi-View Display, keyless smart entry with push-button start, security system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. In addition, the AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies is available on all ILX models.

A-Spec Sport Appearance Trim, Premium Features

Both ILX A-Spec-equipped trims—Premium and Tech Plus—feature sporty side sill garnishes, a decklid spoiler, front fog lights, 18-inch 10-spoke machined alloy wheels, and exterior A-Spec badging in three locations: left and right front fenders and trunk lid. Inside, A-Spec trims enhance the cabin appeal with an exclusive Premium Black interior color scheme including a black headliner, perforated black Lux Suede® seat inserts, red instrument illumination, exclusive gray interior stitching and aluminum brake and throttle pedals.

ILX Premium grades include leather seating surfaces, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor, HD Radio™ and Aha™, driver's two-position memory seat, front passenger 4-way power seat, 8-inch upper display, 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display touch screen, HomeLink® and more. Tech Plus grades add AcuraWatch™ as standard equipment, as well as a color TFT multi-information display, AcuraLink™, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting.

Powertrain

All 2018 Acura ILX models are powered by a 2.4-liter direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine mated to a crisp and responsive Sequential SportShift 8-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) with paddle shifters, combining responsive performance with exceptional efficiency and at-your-fingertips shift control. The ILX produces 201 peak horsepower (SAE net) and 180 lb.-ft. peak torque (SAE net) and has an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city/35 highway/29 combined2.

2018 ILX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim

MSRP1

EPA MPG Rating2 (city/highway/combined)

ILX

$28,100

25/35/29

ILX Special Edition

$28,900

25/35/29

ILX AcuraWatch™ Plus

$29,400

25/35/29

ILX Premium

$30,100

25/35/29

ILX Premium A-Spec

$32,100

25/35/29

ILX Tech Plus

$33,100

25/35/29

ILX Tech Plus A-Spec

$35,100

25/35/29

Standard Safety

Similar to other Acura models, the 2018 Acura ILX offers the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBSÔ), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

1. MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $950 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

2. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Source: Acura

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