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 Apr 2012-
Model years 2013-
Assembly Greensburg, Indiana, United States (Honda Manufacturing of Indiana) [1]
Body and chassis
Class 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 a compact executive car 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] All ILX's are based upon the 2012–present Civic Sedan.

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.

Design[edit]

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

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.[6] 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, tri-angle backup camera and audio subwoofer with Active Noise Cancellation, however price was increased by $1000.

2016 facelift[edit]

The refreshed 2016 ILX was unveiled during November 2014 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and scheduled to go on sale in early 2015. It comes with the "Earth Dreams" direct injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission transmission which was first introduced on the TLX. Like the RLX, MDX and TLX "Jewel Eye" LED headlamps (low and high beams) are standard as well as new LED tail lamps. A new "A-spec" trim will be offered with sporty exterior and interior styling enchantments.

Safety[edit]

IIHS scores[7]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (2016- models) not tested
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
2013 ILX NHTSA scores[8]
Overall: 5/5 stars
Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 4/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars / 10.7%

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

The ILX will feature either a standard 2.0-liter I4 engine making 150hp, or the Civic Si's 201hp 2.4-liter I4 engine. The 2.0-liter engine offers a 5 speed automatic transmission while the 2.4-liter engine offers only a 6-speed manual. The ILX Hybrid models feature a 1.5-liter I4 engine making 111hp hybrid from the Civic Hybrid 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.[9]

Sales[edit]

Calendar year US sales
2012 12,251 (incl 972 hybrid)[10]
2013 20,430 (incl 1,461 hybrid)[11][12]

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