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

Article by Christian A., on September 7, 2018

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.

Meanwhile, the interior of the new 2019 Acura ILX boasts of reshaped sport seats, power adjustable lumbar for the driver's seat, a machine-finished push-button start as well as a silver-finished dash trim with a chrome insert. The interior color palette for the ILX includes Ebony, Graystone and Espresso (new) as well as A-Spec-exclusive shades Ebony and Red, both with Ultrasuede inserts.

Acura opted to further enhance the capabilities of the new 2019 ILX by improving its technologies. All models are laden with AcuraWatch suite of active safety and driver-assistive technology that includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) as well as Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

Available for the new 2019 Acura ILX is the dual-screen On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD 2.0) interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

On the other hand, the ILX range now includes the new 2019 Acura ILX A-Spec, which is available with Premium and Technology Packages. The new ILX A-Spec features a dark appearance for both the headlights and taillights, dark chrome trim for the front grille and lower fascia, a gloss-black decklid spoiler as well as LED fog lights. The ILX A-Spec rides on aggressive designed 18-inch wheels with Shark Gray finish.

Inside, the ILX A-Spec features all-new sport seats in Ebony or Red leather, as complemented by black Ultrasuede center panels and high contrast stitching. The ILX A-Spec also features A-Spec badged steering wheel with contrast stitching, aluminum sport pedals and a graphite-silver dash accent with chrome insert.

All 2019 Acura ILX models are served by a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that delivers 201 hp of output. This mill is mated to an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Acura will start sales of the 2019 Acura ILX in October 2018.

Press Release

Acura ILX Ups its Game with Major Refresh for 2019; New Styling, Improved Tech, and New A-Spec Treatment

Acura's gateway sport sedan, the refreshed and significantly upgraded 2019 ILX, debuts today, ahead of its October market launch. Continuing to capture the highest percentage of millennial buyers of any model in-segment, the 2019 ILX delivers a sportier and more sophisticated design, premium cabin materials, tech-savvy features and distinctive A-Spec sport appearance variant. With the application of Acura's signature Diamond Pentagon Grille to the 2019 ILX, the transformation of the brand's design language, inspired by the Acura Precision Concept, now stretches across its line-up.

Additional upgrades for 2019 include standard AcuraWatch™ active safety and driver-assistive technology and more luxurious and sporty cabin appointments, as well as an available quicker, more responsive dual-screen user interface with updated graphics, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. All ILX models are powered by a naturally aspirated 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine mated to a quick-shifting 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Acura ILX serves a unique and important role as the gateway vehicle to the Acura brand, bringing in the most first-time Acura customers and youngest buyers. ILX also remains a top choice in the entry luxury segment, gaining more than four points of retail market share in the first half of the year and capturing the highest percentage of millennials of any model in segment, something it has done in every year since 2013. ILX recently topped industry quality rankings in its segment, receiving a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and a quality award in the Small Premium Car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). Acura ILX also captured the top spot in the entry-luxury car category in Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own Luxury Brand Awards – with Acura the #1 ranked brand for the third year in a row.

Sporty, Sophisticated Refresh
For 2019, ILX gets a styling refresh to deliver a more sporty and premium vibe. ILX is all-new from the A-pillars forward – inspired by the Acura Precision Concept. The new face of ILX emanates from Acura's signature Diamond Pentagon Grille, framed by 7-element Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and a more sharply sculpted hood. The Precision Concept styling theme continues at the rear with an all-new decklid, fascia, LED taillights and lower diffuser with exposed exhaust outlet. All-new wheel designs for 2019 include a 17-inch split-5 spoke wheel with trim specific finishes and an A-Spec exclusive 18-inch wheel.

Inside, the 2019 Acura ILX receives more intricately styled and reshaped sport seats, front and rear, with available high-contrast piping and stitching. All ILXs now feature power adjustable lumbar for the driver's seat. Additional interior enhancements include a silver-finished dash trim with a chrome insert and a machine-finished push-button start.

The 2019 ILX's exterior color palette expands with five new colors – Platinum White Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl1, Performance Red Pearl1, Canyon Bronze Metallic1 and A-Spec-exclusive Apex Blue Pearl1 – in addition to the current offerings of Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic. The interior colors available include a new-for-2019 Espresso, along with Graystone and Ebony. Exclusive A-Spec interior colors are Ebony and Red, both with Ultrasuede™ inserts.

ILX A-Spec
The new ILX A-Spec, available with Premium and Technology Packages, joins the TLX sedan and the RDX and MDX sport-utes in receiving the latest-generation A-Spec treatment, with a more distinctive and easily recognizable performance-inspired character, inside and out.

On the exterior, the new ILX A-Spec is distinguished by dark chrome trim for the front grille and lower fascia, LED fog lights, dark appearance for the headlights and taillights, and a gloss-black decklid spoiler. A-Spec models feature 18-inch wheels with an aggressive new design and Shark Gray finish. Apex Blue Pearl, also found on A-Spec variants of RDX and MDX, is now available on the ILX A-Spec.

Interior enhancements for the ILX A-Spec include a graphite-silver dash accent with chrome insert, A-Spec badged steering wheel with contrast stitching and aluminum sport pedals. The all-new sport seats are finished in A-Spec exclusive Ebony or Red leather with black Ultrasuede™ center panels and high contrast stitching.

Technology Enhancements
For 2019, every ILX comes standard with the AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technology, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). This makes Acura the only luxury brand to provide these features as standard equipment across all its sedans and SUVs.

In addition, ILX continues to be equipped with Acura's Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and with additional standard safety and driver assistive features, including Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, advanced front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, side curtain airbags, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and pedestrian injury-mitigation design features, along with Acura's available blind spot information (BSI) system and rear cross traffic monitor.

The 2019 ILX is equipped with an available refreshed dual-screen On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™ 2.0) interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. New software improves system response time, offering more intuitive menus and command structures for a seamless and speedy user experience – approximately 30 percent faster. An enhanced 7-inch touchscreen has a capacitive display that is more responsive to touch and is positioned within easy reach of the driver and front passenger.

The 2019 Acura ILX will begin arriving at Acura dealers nationwide in October of this year.

Source: Acura

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