What is it? Acura is the latest premium brand to introduce a smaller, entry-level model with the ILX. 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. A 150-hp, 2.0-liter and five-speed automatic with an EPA-estimated 24 city/32 highway mpg, 111-hp, 1.5-liter hybrid and continuously variable transmission with an EPA-estimated 35 city/38 highway mpg and 201-hp, 2.4-liter and six-speed manual with an EPA-estimated 20 city/29 highway mpg.
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