Honda’s luxury brand, Acura, generated quite a bit of interest with several concept vehicles unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Two of them fit nicely in the luxury family vehicle consideration list as one is a sedan and the other is a crossover.
2013 Acura ILX Concept
With the reveal of the 2013 Acura ILX Concept, the brand indicated that this concept is a precursor to a new vehicle it will sell early next year. MotorAuthority has the straight scoop, at least as much as Acura is ready to reveal at this time, so head over there for more details. Some interesting tidbits:
- The new ILX sedan is aimed at the entry-luxury buyer, one who may not be able to afford the likes of the BMW 3 Series, or more expensive Acura models such as the TL or TSX.
- It will share its basics with the Honda Civic, but will have a much more upscale interior, including keyless entry, push-button start, an audio system with streaming Pandora, and voice-to-text or text-to-voice capability.
- All-wheel drive will not be available.
- The ILX will be built at Honda’s Civic plant in Greensburg, Indiana.
2013 Acura RDX Concept
The 2013 Acura RDX Concept that just debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show is a prototype, nearly ready for production. Indeed, as MotorAuthority points out, Acura confirms that the second-generation 2013 RDX is scheduled to launch this spring. The redesigned five-passenger RDX compact luxury crossover, which is closely related to the Honda CR-V, is roomier inside, features a more upscale interior, larger door openings, more passenger and cargo space, a power rear tailgate, active noise cancellation, and a 273-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine (no more turbocharger) paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Prospective buyers who like the look of the 2013 Acura RDX Concept can look forward to plenty of technology features, including Pandora radio interface, SMS text-messaging, three-view rear camera, a new smart entry keyless access system and more.