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.