Acura ILX

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Acura ILX (DE1/2/3)
2013 Acura ILX 2.4 -- 07-13-2012.JPG
2013 Acura ILX 2.4
Overview
Manufacturer Honda
Production May 2012-
Model years 2013-
Assembly Greensburg, Indiana, United States (Honda Manufacturing of Indiana) [1]
Body and chassis
Class Entry-level luxury car
Compact executive car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Related Honda Civic
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 L LDA/LEA15 I4
2.0 L R20A I4
2.4 L K24Z7 I4
Transmission 5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 105.1 in (2,670 mm)
Length 179.1 in (4,549 mm)
Width 70.6 in (1,793 mm)
Height 55.6 in (1,412 mm)
Chronology
Predecessor Acura CSX (Canada)
Acura Integra (United States)

The Acura ILX is an entry-level luxury car for Honda's luxury brand Acura. It replaces the Canada-exclusive CSX and is a new model for the U.S.[2] Like the preceding CSX, the ILX is related to the Euro-spec Honda Civic.[3]

The ILX will be Acura's first compact sedan since the departure of the Integra in 2001, and also will be Acura's first compact car since the departure of the RSX in 2006.

The ILX is also Acura's first hybrid vehicle. All ILX's are based upon the 2012–present Honda Civic Sedan. Base ILX's will feature a standard I4 engine, the ILX's will feature the Civic Si's 2.0-liter I4 engine, while offering an automatic transmission option unlike its sibling, and the hybrid models will feature a hybrid powertrain from the Civic Hybrid.

Design[edit]

The concept version of both the gasoline and hybrid models was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The production versions were presented in the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Mass production commenced on April 23 at Honda's assembly facility in Greensburg, Indiana[4] and U.S. sales began on May 22. The ILX introduces a new design that Acura calls "aero-fused dynamics".[5]

The EPA fuel economy rating of the hybrid version is 39 mpg-US (6.0 L/100 km; 47 mpg-imp) for city and 38 mpg-US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg-imp) on highway driving.[6]

2013 Acura ILX Hybrid

The ILX's body in white uses 59% high strength steel ranging from 440-980 MPa yield strength grades, aluminum is used for the hood and front bumper beam.[7] Compared to the Civic the ILX uses Acura's "Amplitude Reactive" dampers and a larger more rigid steering shaft for improved handling and ride quality characteristics.

Major options are grouped into Premium and Technology packages and include leather upholstery, 17" alloy wheels, navigation system, premium audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, and high intensity discharge headlamps. Both option packages include a multi-view rear camera with regular, wide-angle, and top-down modes.

For the 2014 model year the ILX came standard with 17-inch wheels, leather interior, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver's seat, and audio subwoofer with Active Noise Cancellation, however price was increased by $1000.

Recall[edit]

In July 2012 Honda recalled 172,000 vehicles because of a problem with the door latches that could cause a door to open while driving. The safety recall affected the ILX, as well as the redesigned 2012 CR-V.[8]

Specifications[edit]

Honda offers two four-cylinder gasoline engines in this model, similar to those in the CSX, TSX, and Civic Si. A hybrid model, Acura's first, uses a 1.5 L four and shares its gas/electric powertrain with Honda's current Civic Hybrid producing 111 hp (83 kW; 113 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb·ft (172 N·m) of torque between 1,000 to 3,000 rpm. The ILX is not sold in Japan.

  • 2.4 L (DE2) Manual: 201 hp (150 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb·ft (230 N·m) of torque at 4,300 rpm
  • 2.0 L (DE1) Auto: 150 hp (112 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb·ft (190 N·m) of torque at 4,300 rpm
  • 1.5 L (DE3) CVT Auto: 111 hp (83 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb·ft (172 N·m) of torque between 1,000 to 3,000 rpm

Sales[edit]

Calendar year US sales
2012 12,251 (including 972 hybrid)[9]
2013 20,430[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, David (11 December 2011). "Honda will build new Acura ILX sedan at Indiana plant". Automotive News. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Rechtin, Mark (12 December 2012). "Honda retools Acura lineup to put the focus on mpg". Autoweek. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Rechtin, Mark. "In Acura's retooled lineup, mpg triumphs over mph". Automotive News. Crain Communications. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Honda in Indiana". Indiana.honda.com. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Oldham, Scott (11 December 2011). "2013 Acura ILX Revealed". Inside Line. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "2013 Acura ILX Specifications". Honda of America. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  7. ^ http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-amp-technology/acura-claims-new-ilx-sedan-no-civic-clone
  8. ^ Eisenstein, Paul. "Honda recalls 172,000 crossovers, luxury sedans". The Bottom Line. NBCNews.com. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  9. ^ http://acuraconnected.com/tag/acura-sales-2012/
  10. ^ http://hondanews.com/channels/corporate-headlines/releases/honda-sets-all-time-december-sales-record-to-earn-2nd-best-annual-sales-total-for-american-honda-acura-light-trucks-post-best-year-in-brand-history