Acura ILX Concept
ILX is the codename for a new Acura mid-size sedan to be launched later this year.
To be positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand, the ILX will feature three different powertrains, including Acura’s first-ever gas-electric hybrid. The car was shown as a prototype at the 2012 Detroit motor show, showcasing a pointy new design and promise of Acura’s first electric gas hybrid model.
The lineup of ILX models will include 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 a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.
Acura press release:
“First time luxury buyers place the highest value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues and that’s a virtual definition of what we have created with the new Acura ILX,” said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. “The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market.”
Sleek, sporty and aerodynamically efficient, the exterior of the all-new ILX combines luxury, performance and efficiency. A beautifully styled luxury sedan, the Acura ILX Concept has a compact, yet formal proportion, targeting a very professional image. The ILX delivers both, with a greenhouse that provides excellent visibility, an aerodynamic low and wide stance, the ILX is immediately recognizable as an Acura.
The Acura ILX will feature a high-quality, well-appointed interior that is smart, spacious and sporty. It will offer a number of new, high-value features, including 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.
As with all Acura models, the ILX will have a long list of standard features, different trim levels (that will include a Technology Package), multiple transmission choices, and excellent standard safety features — including Acura’s acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure, front, side and side-curtain airbags, 4-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA™). Acura anticipates that the ILX will achieve top ratings in both NHTSA and IIHS crash safety testing.
The new Acura ILX will be manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, in its Greensburg, Ind. plant — one of only three plants in the world to receive J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Platinum Award for outstanding quality.