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 |  Mar 19 2012, 7:30 AM


Acura continues to tease pricing figures for its new entry-level luxury sports sedan, with the latest number coming much closer to the mark.

Officially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February, at that time it was announced that the ILX would cost, “well below” $30,000. We now have a better idea of just how much below.

At a press launch currently underway in Scottsdale, AZ, for both the ILX and RDX a company representative told the assembled journalists that it will cost “around $27,000.” That’s perhaps more than might have been suspected, with what is perhaps the car’s closest competitor, the Buick Verano, starting at just $22, 585. When questioned, Acura VP Jeff Conrad didn’t seem concerned, commenting that he doesn’t believe the two vehicles will attract similar buyers.

Another quasi-rival is the Lexus CT200h, which starts at just under $30,000.

At launch the ILX will be available with three powertrains: a base 150 hp 2.0-liter, a 35/38 mpg 1.5-liter hybrid and 2.4-liter 201 hp performance engine that will come exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.

GALLERY: 2013 Acura ILX