2013 Acura ILX

2013 Acura ILX

2013 Acura ILX

Fast-changing market conditions have challenged and inspired every automaker to invent, adapt and innovate at a rapid pace to meet new demands. For Acura the result is the all-new ILX, Acura's latest high-content, value-for-money compact luxury sedan. Featuring a windswept exterior design with 5-passenger cabin, a flat-bottom unit body that minimizes aerodynamic drag and a choice of three powertrains – including Acura's first gasoline-electric hybrid – the new ILX delivers magnificently in the value, performance, style and luxury arenas. Of course, the ILX is every bit an Acura, designed and equipped from the ground up to satisfy Acura customers with benchmark new technologies in its class.

YOUTH WITH MATURITY

The target customers for the new ILX are the younger members of Generation X and members of Generation Y— successful 20- and 30-somethings moving into the luxury car ranks but looking for high-value propositions in their purchases. They are young business professionals who are most likely single or soon to be married. They live in larger cities, are very much still in touch with a youthful mindset and lifestyle, and yet now embrace adult proprieties and values. In short, like the ILX, they embody "youth with maturity."

Style, substance, performance, efficiency and environmental stewardship are all important to these emerging luxury customers, and the Acura ILX combines all of these qualities in one vehicle— solidly below the $30,000 price point that is considered the gateway to luxury.

THE COMPETITION

Competition is fast evolving in the entry-level luxury segment that the ILX enters. Key competitors for the new ILX include vehicles such as the Audi A3, the Lexus CT200h, and new premium mainstream offerings such as the Buick Verano. More than any other arena in the luxury car category, this segment is exceptionally price and value conscious, making the ILX's standard and available features even more essential.

STANDARD AND AVAILABLE FEATURES

The ILX model range includes the 150-horsepower 4-cylinder 2.0L version that comes highly equipped with standard features such as automatic climate control, a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission and unique Amplitude Reactive Dampers for outstanding ride quality. The ILX 2.4L features the robust performance of a 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine with 201-horsepower, a quick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, and 17-inch diameter wheels. The ILX Hybrid utilizes an efficient 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that teams with an electric motor to produce 111 horsepower while also achieving an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 38 mpg on the highway.

In addition to the long list of standard features, available upgrades include a Premium package and a Technology Package, which contain features such as an Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System, HID headlights, navigation system and much more.

Safety is a design tenet that is critically important to the Acura Division. Accordingly, the new ILX includes myriad safety systems and designs to protect not only the vehicle occupants, but also occupants of other vehicles as well as pedestrians. Some of these safety items include an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE)™ body structure, a complement of airbags, and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system that can help the driver avoid trouble. Internal testing* indicates that the ILX should achieve top safety ratings in both federal (NHTSA) and independent (IIHS) crash tests— including a "5-Star" overall vehicle score from NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK designation from the IIHS.

*The 2013 ILX had not been crash tested as of March 2012. However, Acura expects that the ILX will receive a 5-STAR Overall Vehicle Score in governmental testing and GOOD ratings in all tests by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

NEW ACURA TECHNOLOGIES

For 2013, the ILX introduces a host of technologies that help advance fuel efficiency, comfort, convenience and safety. Some of the key features include:

Acura ILX

All Models

  • Unit-body construction with flat-bottom design
  • High-density catalytic converter with lower use of precious metals
  • Battery Management System (BMS)
  • VSA® with Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Amplitude Reactive Dampers
  • Active Noise Control system (Premium and Technology packages, except Hybrid)
  • One-touch turn signal system
  • SMS text messaging feature
  • Pandora® internet radio interface

ILX 2.0L

  • 2.0-liter, SOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission

ILX 2.4L

  • 2.4-liter, DOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission

ILX Hybrid

  • 1.5-liter, SOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

  • First-ever Acura model with hybrid powertrain
  • Fifth-generation of hybrid system with electric motor
  • Lithium-ion battery technology

POWERTRAIN

Acura has long been known for its world-class engine technology and a continuous process of innovation and improvement. At the core of Acura's powertrain engineering is the ongoing pursuit of greater performance, enhanced fuel economy and low emissions. The 2013 ILX embodies this ongoing effort with a trio of available gasoline and hybrid powertrains that offer unique solutions for different buyers.

An advanced 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter i-VTEC® engine is standard in the ILX, coupled with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission. The performance-oriented ILX is powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine producing 201 horsepower that is transferred through a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission. And finally, the ILX Hybrid is powered by a 111-horsepower, ultra-efficient 1.5-liter i-VTEC® engine that teams with an integrated electric motor and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

All ILX models have Acura's new Battery Management System (BMS) that is designed to reduce the chance of a dead battery as well as to help increase the service life of the battery.

ILX POWERTRAIN

The ILX is powered by a Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 16 valves, i-VTEC® and a dual-stage intake manifold. The 2.0L produces 150 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine returns an EPA-estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 24/35/28 miles per gallon with its 5-speed automatic transmission. The engine conforms to Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV-2) in all US states as well as conforms to Advanced Technology Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards in California.

*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

ILX 2.0L POWERTRAIN AT A GLANCE

Engine

  • 2.0-liter, SOHC, aluminum inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 150 hp at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm
  • 16-valve, SOHC, with i-VTEC® "intelligent" valve-control system
  • Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • 100,000 mile tune-up intervals*
  • EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 24/35/28 mpg

*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.

Drivetrain

  • Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel-drive (FWD)

ILX 2.4L POWERTRAIN

The ILX 2.4L is powered by a dual overhead cam (DOHC), 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that uses 16 valves, i-VTEC® valvetrain system and a specially tuned intake manifold. The engine produces 201 horsepower. The i-VTEC® "intelligent" valve-control system, unique friction-reducing technologies and extensive weight control measures helps the ILX simultaneously deliver spirited acceleration, good fuel economy and low exhaust emissions. Even with its impressive horsepower and torque figures, the 2013 ILX 2.4L has an EPA-estimated* city rating of 22 mpg and 31 mpg on the highway. In keeping with Acura's proven commitment to the environment, the engine also meets strict Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-2) tailpipe emissions standards.

The ILX 2.4L is available exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter. Designed to be compact and lightweight, the 6-speed has also been engineered to provide the quick and precise shift action of a performance transmission. The manual transmission also includes a clutch with a torsion mechanism that enhances clutch refinement in terms of engagement and feel.

*Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

ILX 2.4L POWERTRAIN AT A GLANCE

Engine

  • 2.4-liter, DOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 201 hp at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm
  • i-VTEC® "intelligent" valvetrain system
  • Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • 100,000 mile tune-up intervals*
  • EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 22/31/25 mpg

*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.

Transmission

  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel-drive (FWD)
(Acura Press Release)