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Acura ILX

Acura ILX (DE1/2/3)
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2013 Acura ILX 2.4
Overview
Manufacturer Honda
Production Apr 2012–present
Model years 2013–present
Assembly Greensburg, Indiana, United States (Honda Manufacturing of Indiana) [1] (2012–2014)
Marysville, Ohio (Marysville Auto Plant) (2015–)
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
8-speed Dual-clutch
Dimensions
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Chronology
Predecessor Acura CSX (Canada)
Acura Integra (United States)

The Acura ILX is a compact executive 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 variants are based upon the ninth-generation Civic Sedan.

The ILX became Acura's first compact model since the RSX was discontinued after the 2006 model year, and the first compact sedan since the Integra was last produced in 2001. The ILX was also Acura's first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle.

Design

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.

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

The refreshed 2016 ILX was unveiled during November 2014 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and went on sale in February of 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, a powertrain first introduced on the TLX. "Jewel Eye" LED headlamps (low and high beams) similar to those on other Acura models (RLX, MDX and TLX) are standard, along with new LED tail lamps. A new "A-spec" trim will be offered with sporty exterior and interior styling enhancements. Production of the 2016 ILX began on January 27, 2015 and moved to the Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio.[7]

Safety

IIHS scores[8]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (2016- models) not tested
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
2013 ILX NHTSA scores[9]
Overall: 5/5 stars11px11px11px11px
Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars11px11px11px11px
Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars11px11px11px11px
Side Driver: 5/5 stars11px11px11px11px
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars11px11px11px11px
Side Pole Driver: 4/5 stars11px11px11px11px
Rollover: 4/5 stars11px11px11px11px / 10.7%

Specifications

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 Script error: No such module "convert". at 5,500 rpm and Script error: No such module "convert". of torque between 1,000 to 3,000 rpm. The ILX is not sold in Japan.

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The ILX features either a standard 2.0-liter I4 engine making 150 hp, or the Civic Si's 201 hp 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 111 hp hybrid from the Civic Hybrid The EPA fuel economy rating of the hybrid version is Script error: No such module "convert". for city and Script error: No such module "convert". on highway driving.[10] For 2016 the ILX is offered with the 2.4-liter I4 engine with an 8 speed DCT. [11]

Sales

Calendar year US sales
2012 12,251 (incl 972 hybrid)[12]
2013 20,430 (incl 1,461 hybrid)[13][14]

References