2013 Acura ILX First Look: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

February 7, 2012
Acura showed a concept version of the 2013 ILX sedan at the Detroit Auto Show back in January, and now it's revealing the production version at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

As with the nearly identical concept, the production ILX has a front end with swept-back headlights and a lightly rendered shield grille. A character line runs the length of the body, ending at the rear at the ILX's wrap-around taillights. From the photos provided, the ILX's interior seems to preview the updates coming to the related Honda Civic--a car that's been criticized heavily for its low-grade interior trim.

Based on the Civic, the ILX will share the same powertrains. The base engine will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder sending 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. Connected to a five-speed automatic transmission, this powertrain will earn an EPA rating of 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

For those seeking more power, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder from the Civic Si is available and is rated at 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission offered with this engine will be a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, and Acura estimates the EPA rating will drop to 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The greenest model will be Acura's first hybrid model, and Honda's first U.S.-built hybrid. Powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a 20-horsepower Integrated Motor Assist electric motor, the hybrid will provide a net 111 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The power is routed through a CVT and the hybrid system uses a lithium-ion battery pack.

Front, side, and side-curtain airbags are all standard, as are four-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Control. The safety-conscious will be happy to learn that Acura expects the ILX to achieve top safety ratings from both the NHTSA and the IIHS.

Standard features will include keyless access and pushbutton start, as well as Pandora streaming Internet radio via an interface that connects smartphones to the car's audio system.

2012 Acura ILX 2.4

2012 Acura ILX 2.4

Acura will offer a Premium Package which will include leather seats, heated front seats, an upgraded 360-watt stereo system, a rearview camera, and Active Sound Cancellation system.

The Technology package will include everything in the premium package and will add Acura's ELS surround-sound audio system, a navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic, real-time weather and 15 GB of hard-drive storage for music.

Pricing will not be announcing until closer to launch later this year, but Acura says the ILX will be manufactured in in the U.S. at its Greensburg, Indiana plant, alongside the new Civic.

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