Acura ILX concept bows in Detroit [video]

Previews a production model

Acura has introduced the ILX concept at the North American International Auto Show.

Essentially a thinly-veiled production model, the concept features an angular front fascia, LED fog lights and 19-inch alloy wheels.  It measures 4555mm long, 1890mm wide and 1425mm tall with a wheelbase that spans 2670mm.

Interior pictures were not released, but Acura says the car will come nicely equipped with a passive entry system, a push-button ignition, Pandora internet radio and an "SMS text message function for smart connectivity." Options are slated to include a voice recognition system, a rearview camera and a premium audio system with ten speakers.

Under the hood, three different engines will be available. Choices include:

  • A 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder with a five-speed automatic
  • A 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual
  • A hybridized 1.5-liter four-cylinder which is estimated to return 35 mpg city / 38 mpg highway (US)

The 2013 Acura ILX will be launched later this spring and it will be based on the US-spec Honda Civic.

Source: Acura

Acura ILX Concept

The Acura ILX Concept is the precursor to an all-new Acura luxury compact sedan scheduled for launch in Spring 2012. 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.

"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 Acura ILX combines luxury, performance and efficiency. A beautifully styled luxury sedan, the ILX Concept has a compact, yet formal proportion, targeting a very professional image. The Acura 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 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's first-ever hybrid offering.

The 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 EngineeringTM body structure, front, side and side-curtain airbags, 4-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSATM). Acura anticipates that the ILX will achieve top ratings in both NHTSA and IIHS crash safety testing.

The new 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.

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techie69 techie69
The bird beak design is getting boring, but the rear does spell good since it emulates the d-lines of the Audi A5. Acura designers are shackled to explore further because top management can't enough of the wedge look, well that wedge is creating a barrier in sales! Somebody aught to kick them in the rear, anyone?!!!
Jan 10th, 2012 10:59am
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Jerry Wright Jerry Wright
The look is Nice but the 2.0 liter should be Axed! Consumers will want a 2.4 liter pushing about 240 Hp or throw in the 2.3 Turbo from the last RDX model and just make it a 2.4 liter Turbo pushing 250-260 Hp. If Acura is Listening this will be a great entry level Acura and the Integra DNA will live on!! Another Major engine to consider would be a Turbo Diesel the 2.2 that they offer in Europe this Turbo Diesel I saw in action in Europe and offered a 44 mpg on the Last TSX body. On this New ILX it would bring the ECO friendly crowds into the Acura Dealership and not into a VW or Audi or Merc. who already offer Diesels in their line up. As for the Designs it Good but the rear could have used more TSX and Integra DNA design in it. Im Happy to see this Acura but as for the SHEILD look. IT HAS TO GO!! GET RID OF IT , Remember the Saturn ? It still looks like the front of ONE! USE a EURO Design clean grill not that Ugly shield Acura!!
Jan 10th, 2012 8:31am
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DeRay DeRay
Well said! The rear taillights remind me of a 3 series coupe. I like Acura's however I feel their designs lack the same passion they had in the 90"s. Maybe that's just me.
Jan 11th, 2012 12:14am
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August Horch August Horch
If Acura prices this car right, it will do well.
Jan 10th, 2012 6:09am
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bcuth bcuth
I don't know about that I would never pay $30k plus for a civic with a few more gadgets. The civic exl with navigation is already $24-25k so Acura won't price it below $30k
Jan 10th, 2012 4:28pm
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August Horch August Horch
I didn't realize that there are people spending $25K for a Civic! I think they need to price this thing around $27K.
Jan 10th, 2012 5:14pm
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ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
What a mess!
Jan 10th, 2012 3:02am
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danteskov danteskov
Acura is getting boring and boring....
Jan 10th, 2012 1:04am
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carfreak100 carfreak100
that looks great! I was expecting just a rebadged civic like the old csx, but this looks much better. props to acura.
Jan 10th, 2012 12:46am
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NYyanks NYyanks
To be completely honest, this car isn't worth axing the TSX for. BUT, keeping in mind the pricing problems that Acura faced because of the TSX and TL being so close in price, yet, so far in class category, this ILX doesn't seem so bad. It actually does look very similar to the civic (technically it should because it's using the civic platform), but fortunately Acura was able to take that platform and Acura-ize it instead of just slapping a badge on it like that canadian CSX. Pretty good design cues, looking forward to seeing these on the road. This car is targeted for entry level buyers, so that won't be a problem in the sales. I predict the ILX will be very successful :)
Jan 10th, 2012 12:45am
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