Acura ILX Compact Sedan To Debut At 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Danny Choy
by Danny Choy

As the compact luxury car market continues its growth in the United States, Acura intends to join the ranks of the Lexus CT200h, Audi A3, BMW 1-series, and Mercedes A-Class.

Based on the Honda Civic, the Acura promises that the ILX will attract younger buyers that find brand name, efficiency, and styling to be most important. Acura have also found that this particular demographic have a preference to the three-box modern sedan styling, and will deliver the ILX as such, even though Acura briefly considered the possibilities of an entry two-box hatchback as well.

Starting under $30,000, Acura engineers also promised there will be enough hardware to differentiate the more upscale ILX from the plain Honda Civic, as we have seen from the Accord and TL or Pilot and MDX. Powertrains for the ILX include a 2.0-liter inline-4, producing from 150 to 160-hp and approximately 145 lb.-ft. of torque. A hybrid will be available with a 1.5-liter engine producing 90-hp and 97 lb.-ft. of torque and an electric motor delivering 23-hp and 78 lb.-ft. of torque. But best of all, a sportier 2.4-liter engine only offered with a six-speed manual gearbox is available for driving enthusiasts. Delivering 201-hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque in Civic Si form, Acura has yet to answer whether the 2.4 liter will undergo any changes in ILX form.

The ILX will debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show and will be available in showrooms by early summer of 2012.

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  • Carguy Carguy on Dec 14, 2011

    Hopefully, the ilx will be styled by a new design studio which will completely abandon acura's current polarizing and ugly styling. The start stop is a desirable feature but the performance version needs more power' perhaps a twin scroll turbo.

  • Nicholas Hamil Nicholas Hamil on Dec 21, 2011

    They should make the Acura have a bit more power. Every day the Mazda looks better and better its sad :( But, I have a 1st Gen RX-7 so I know Mazda's not a bad thing. Turbo Mazda does sound fun. Better play catch up guys... Things are looking bleak for the Honda/Acura Compact Car market, being so down on power with such an amazing Power plant in the K24a. :(