2013 Acura ILX Sedan Doesn’t Look Like a Honda Civic: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

2013 Acura ILX Sedan Doesn’t Look Like a Honda Civic: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Acura‘s new ILX sedan, based on the Honda Civic sedan, officially features Acura’s first hybrid system and has made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The 2013 Acura ILX will become the automaker’s new anchor in a strategy to capture entry-level luxury buyers.

Acura’s target market with the ILX are intelligent, young professionals. The 2013 ILX Concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show today featured 19-inch wheels and was announced to have three different powertrains, including Acura’s first hybrid. Even though Acura isn’t positioning the ILX as a technology vehicle, there is still plenty of features for technophiles to love including Pandora Internet Radio, rear-view camera and text-to-speech messaging.

The three powerplants that will be offered for the ILX include a 2.0L four-cylinder with a five-speed automatic transmission, a 2.4L with a six-speed automatic and the 1.5L four-cylinder, 93-hp hybrid powertrain from the Honda Civic hybrid. Acura did specify that its hybrid system will be tuned for more performance and as a result, will have less fuel economy than Civic’s 44-mpg.

The production version of the ILX will debut this Spring and as a result, no pricing was announced. Acura did however state that they anticipate pricing to be “well below $30,000.”

GALLERY: Acura ILX Sedan Concept Official Photos


GALLERY: Acura ILX Sedan Detroit Auto Show Reveal


See AutoGuide’s complete 2012 Detroit Auto Show Coverage here

And watch a first look video of the Acura ILX below:

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  • Alex

    The car looks like a Camry.. then again everything looks like a Camry…

    But i dig the tail lights!

  • bob

    Wel, I wanted to buy a civic, but the 2012 was a disappointment. Maybe I’ll wait till the redesign of the 2013 civic, or get this.

  • Kevin

    Headlights are from the mdx..not Camry

  • bernard

    As a longtime owner of various Honda Accords and an Acura Integra, I noticed with interest the 2013 Acura ILX sedan with the 2 litre engine but thought the ponies should be bumped up to perhaps 180 and a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission rather than the 5 speed auto box that has been listed as the only tranny. Would Acura be listening? I find myself liking the sculpted lines and think that the designers have done a great job. Work on the engine and find a manual transmission and I’ll find my way to the nearest Acura store.