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.
The ILX utilizes MacPherson struts in front with a multilink setup at the back. The vehicle includes Amplitude Reactive Dampers, which operate in two modes to provide comfort when cruising and to provide precision handling when needed.
ILX will utilize an adaptive electric power-steering system. The ILX, just like all Acura models, will come well-equipped from the plant. Both Premium and Technology packages will be offered with a long list of safety features. The ILX is manufactured at the company's facility in Greensburg, Ind. It will be launched for sale in the spring. Pricing has not yet been disclosed, but Acura stated that the ILX will begin at less than $30,000.
Acura ILX features smart, spacious, sporty, well-appointed, and, most of all, a high-quality interior. It offers several new, high-value features such as Pandora internet radio interface, standard Keyless Access System that has a smart entry and push button start, and smart connectivity through SMS text message function.
Just like all Acura car models, the ILX boasts a list of standard features, excellent standard safety features, and multiple trim levels (Technology Package and Premium Package). These standard safety features include Acura's highly acclaimed ACE or Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, four-channel anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist, and airbags at the front, side and side-curtain. Acura is expecting the ILX to get outstanding crash safety ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS, although the car’s safety features have yet to be tested.
The available Premium Package has heated front seats, leather seat covers, an upgraded stereo system with a 360-watt capacity, a rear view camera, as well as an Active Sound Cancellation feature that makes the cabin quieter.
Meanwhile, the available Technology Package is built on the Premium Package. It adds Acura's awarded ELS Surround audio system plus a full complement of very useful technologies like the AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, the AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic plus Traffic Rerouting, the AcuraLink Real-Time Weather plus radar image maps, and the Acura Navigation System plus Voice Recognition.
The navigation system actually uses a hard disk drive with a 60-gigabyte storage capacity, including 15 gigabytes that you can specifically allocate to store music. Both Premium and Technology Packages give you a multi-view rear camera.