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Acura teased with concepts of its all-new 2013 ILX compact luxury sedan and redesigned 2013 RDX compact luxury crossover at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Now, the automaker has unveiled the final production versions at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
The two Acura models launch this spring.
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2013 Acura ILX
The all-new entry-level 2013 Acura ILX compact luxury sedan is aimed squarely at Generation Y buyers. Getting 20 and 30-somethings to look at the ILX for their first foray into a luxury car purchase meant creating a five-passenger car that satisfies their requirements for style, performance, luxury, efficiency and affordability.
Three ILX powertrain choices are available. The entry-level ILX is powered by a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine matched with a five-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy is 24/32 mpg.
There’s also a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission that’s EPA estimated at 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway.
Acura’s first-ever hybrid, the ILX Hybrid, will be powered by a 1.5-liter in-line engine and integrated electric motor, with a net 111 horsepower. Paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the ILX Hybrid has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 35 mpg city/38 mpg highway.
The long list of ILX standard features includes keyless access and pushbutton start, SMS text messaging, Pandora Internet radio, and more. The Premium Package adds leather seats, heated front seats, a rear view camera, Active Sound Cancellation, and an upgraded 360-watt audio system. The available Technology Package includes the Acura ELS Surround audio system, AcuraLink satellite communication system, Acura navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic and traffic rerouting, and real-time weather with radar map images. With the Premium or Technology Packages, a new multi-view rear camera is used.
The 2013 Acura ILX will be built exclusively at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana plant.
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2013 Acura RDX
The second-generation 2013 Acura RDX five-passenger compact luxury crossover benefits from subtle exterior design changes, a 273-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine standard, replacing the previous 2.3-liter in-line four-cylinder, an all-new six-speed automatic transmission with new lock-up torque converter, lighter-weight all-wheel drive system, more luxurious interior touches, and new technologies.
Fuel economy in front-wheel drive models is EPA estimated at 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway, while in all-wheel-drive configuration, the numbers are 19/27 mpg.
Inside the RDX, the sounds of silence should be more profound, thanks to increased use of sound-deadening materials and Active Sound Control. Matte surface trim, generous use of leather, larger door openings, more passenger and cargo room and available rear power tailgate are other interior highlights.
New technology includes Pandora Internet radio interface, SMS text messaging, keyless entry and pushbutton start, and a three-view rear camera. Buyers opting for the Technology Package get the same features offered in the Acura ILX. New for 2013 is a more advanced navigation system with a 60-gigabyte storage capacity hard disk drive, which includes 15 gigabytes for music downloads.
The 2013 Acura RDX will be built exclusively at Honda’s East Liberty, Ohio plant.