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With Acura recently announcing the 2013 ILX would start at around $27,000 for the base 2.0-liter 150 hp model, the Honda luxury arm has now revealed more pricing details about the remaining two versions.
While official pricing hasn’t been confirmed, at the car’s launch presentation in Scottsdale, AZ, Acura has said both the 2.4-liter performance model and the Hybrid version will start at around $30,000 – a modest $3,000 price increase for either a significant performance or fuel economy gain. Acura’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder model, borrowing its engine from the Civic Si makes 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque and comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission. The ILX Hybrid also borrows its powertrain from the Civic Hybrid using a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and lithium-ion battery pack and gets an average 38 mpg rating.
All ILX models will come standard with keyless access, a power moonroof, Bluetooth, 16-inch aluminum wheels, as well as a USB and iPod hookup.
To compare, the 2012 Civic Si sedan is priced at $22,405 and the 2012 Civic Hybrid at $24,050.
Based on the Civic platform it certainly doesn’t look it, though it does share some very familiar powertrains. With a base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, there’s also a 2.4-liter performance version and a 1.5-liter hybrid for the greenies.
GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX
Get all the details on the 2013 Acura ILX in our first look video below:
Looking nothing like a Civic, with a sleek Acura design, it’s actually significantly larger, measuring 2-inches more end-to-end and almost half a foot more in width. The wheelbase, however, remains the same.
Powering the ILX are a choice of three engines, starting with an entry-level 2.0-liter 4-cylinder – essentially an up-sized version of the 1.8-liter found in the Civic. It makes a total of 150 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque and with a 5-speed automatic will get modest, but not exactly shocking, 24 city and 32 highway mpg rating.
Those in search of fuel economy can opt for the ILX Hybrid – the first time Acura has even offered a hybrid model. Using a similar setup to that found in the Civic Hybrid it makes 111 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque using a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder mated to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. A rudimentary hybrid setup, it does make use of a lithium-ion battery pack and gets 35/38 mpg, significantly less than the 44/44 mpg rating in the Civic Hybrid.
Performance aficionados will appreciate the 2.4-liter model, available with a six-speed manual transmission. Borrowing the engine from the Civic Si, it makes 201 hp.
Notable standard featured include a dynamic suspension system, “motion adaptive” electric power steering and a keyless access system with push-button ignition.
Available options include a Premium Package with leather, heated front seats, a rear view camera, an active noise cancellation system and an upgraded 360 watt audio system. A Technology Package then adds Acura’s ELS surround sound audio system and navigation with voice recognition.
Acura has confirmed the ILX will not replace the TSX, but will be the brand’s new entry-level offering, starting at “well below” $30,000.
GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX
GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX Reveal
Watch our first look Video of the ILX below: