Acura might have biggest changes in mind for its entry-level ILX than those it announced mid-May for the 2014 model year.
Speaking with Ward’s Auto, American Honda executive Mike Accavitti said the company is considering offering the engine with an automatic, although he didn’t say when that might happen.
American Honda executive vice president admitted that choosing not to offer the larger 2.4-liter engine with an automatic is proving to be something of an Achilles’ heel for the car. Currently, buyers can only get the optional 201-hp engine with a six-speed manual.
Broadening its engine and transmission combinations could further squeeze the small space Acura fills with the TSX.
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Even if the larger four-cylinder isn’t offered with an automatic, the company will offer new standard features for 2014, saying it offers customers a better value.
Those will include 17-inch wheels, new leather seat upholstery, a multi-angle rear-view camera and improved stereo among others. The car’s base price will rise by $1,000, but the brand says its new standard features represent about $2,000 in upgrades.
[Source: Ward's Auto]
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