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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Acura ILX

What is it? Acura is the latest premium brand to introduce a smaller, entry-level model with the ILX concept. The ILX is derived from a global platform shared with the Honda Civic, though the sheetmetal and overall tuning are strictly Acura.

The ILX will be offered with three four-cylinder engines: 2.0-liter base, 1.5-liter hybrid, and a 2.4-liter performance powertrain. The two smaller-displacement engines will be teamed with an automatic transmission, while the sporty offering will be paired strictly with a six-speed manual.

The ILX will offer a variety of luxury features, such as keyless entry and push-button start, Pandora Internet radio, and text message playback.

What is new or notable? With the ILX, Acura returns to a segment once occupied by the Intregra. It does so with the brand’s first hybrid and the Acura-equivalent of a Honda Si variant, or a more rightly named, a Type S.

The ILX will be built in Indiana.

 When will it be available? Spring 2012

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