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Acura Press Release

Acura Debuts 2013 RDX and All-New ILX Sedan at Chicago Auto Show

Sporty styling, new technology and efficient powertrains are highlights

CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012 – Following up on its blockbuster appearance at this year's Detroit auto show, Acura today unveiled production versions of two new vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show. A completely redesigned 2013 Acura RDX crossover sport utility vehicle and the all-new 2013 Acura ILX luxury compact sedan were shown. Both new Acura models are scheduled for launch in the Spring.

"We are excited to be launching these two new luxury models as the gateway of Acura's revitalized product lineup," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura. "As we embark on our second 25 years as a premium luxury-performance automobile brand, we are excited about the role these two vehicles will play in welcoming a new generation of luxury car buyers to the Acura brand."

2013 Acura ILX

The 2013 Acura ILX compact sedan is an all-new model that is positioned as the gateway into the Acura brand. The primary target customers for the new ILX are Generation Y- successful 20 and 30-somethings moving into the luxury car ranks but looking for high-value propositions in their purchases.

"First-time luxury buyers tend to place a high value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues, and that's what we have created with the new Acura ILX," said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. "The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market."

Sleek and sporty, the ILX combines luxury, performance and efficiency. While maintaining a strong emphasis on stylish and aerodynamically efficient exterior design, the ILX features a large and airy greenhouse that provides excellent outward visibility. As a five-passenger luxury sedan, the ILX combines compact proportions with a spacious passenger interior and ample cargo space- perfect attributes for young professionals on the go.

The ILX will feature three advanced, sporty and efficient powertrain choices, including Acura's first-ever gas-electric hybrid. The entry-level ILX will be powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. Paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, the ILX 2.0L will deliver an EPA estimated* city/highway fuel economy of 24/32 mpg.

For those who seek a more dynamic driving experience, the ILX can be equipped with a 2.4-liter engine with an output of 201 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft torque at 4,300 rpm. Mated to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the ILX 2.4L will deliver an EPA estimated* city/highway fuel economy of 20/29 mpg.

Marking the debut of Acura's first ever hybrid model, the ILX Hybrid makes use of a 1.5-liter inline engine and an Integrated Motor Assist® electric motor. Paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the ILX 1.5L Hybrid will deliver an EPA estimated* city/highway fuel economy rating of 35/38 mpg.

The hybrid drivetrain uses the gasoline engine as the primary power source, while an electric motor provides additional power when needed. A lithium-ion battery pack is used to capture and store electricity for the 20 horsepower electric motor. Together, the gasoline engine and electric motor produce 111 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque between 1,000-3,000 rpm. During braking, the gasoline engine deactivates and the electric motor acts as a generator to recharge the battery pack. At a stop, the 1.5-liter engine can enter idle-stop mode to save fuel and reduce emissions. The engine remains off until the brake pedal is released.


The ILX chassis utilizes advanced MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems, along with new Amplitude Reactive Dampers. The dampers operate in two distinct performance parameters to simultaneously provide superior ride comfort and precision handling. In addition, Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering is used for excellent steering feel and improved fuel efficiency. The result is a chassis with a high level of refinement, confident handling and a nimble and sporty driving experience.

The ILX will feature a high-quality, well-appointed interior that is smart, spacious and sporty. It will offer a number of new, high-value features including a standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, along with Pandora® internet radio interface and SMS text message function for smart connectivity with the world.

As with all Acura models, the ILX will have a long list of standard features, multiple trim levels (a Premium Package and Technology Package), and excellent standard safety features- including Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, front, side and side-curtain airbags, 4-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®). Although yet to be tested, Acura anticipates that the ILX will achieve top crash safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS.

The available Premium Package features leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, an upgraded 360 watt stereo system, a rear view camera and an Active Sound Cancellation system to make for a quieter cabin.

Building on the Premium Package, the available Technology Package adds Acura's award winning ELS Surround® audio system and a full complement of relevant technologies, including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps. The navigation system makes use of a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity- including 15 gigabytes that can be specifically allocated for music storage. With the available Premium or Technology Package, a new multi-view rear camera is used.

The Acura ILX will be manufactured (using U.S. and globally sourced parts), exclusively at the company's state-of-the-art Greensburg, Indiana plant, one of only three plants worldwide to receive J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Platinum Award for outstanding product quality, and the top award for any factory in North America.
 

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I can't believe the TSX is going to be eliminated to make room for this. Not as good as I was hoping.

150 HP and it's only going to get 24/32 mpg? That's pretty bad. Honda should have stuck another gear in there or something.
 

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That really isn't impressive at all is it? My Accord 2.4l five speed got 25/36 with the A/C on.
 

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Honda and their buttons. Too many buttons.

I like how it looks, but mpg is definitely low for the engine size. I guess the car must weight a lot.
 

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Looks great! specially the interior.

I can't believe the TSX is going to be eliminated to make room for this. Not as good as I was hoping.

150 HP and it's only going to get 24/32 mpg? That's pretty bad. Honda should have stuck another gear in there or something.
:jawdrop: WTF ???? (< just in case >= What the fu*k):D


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Honda and their buttons. Too many buttons.
To be honest I like it this way because it looks really good when they all light up, specially on dark streets and highway's :paranoid:
 

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why kill the TSX for this? looks like a nissan maxima and mazda 6 combined :dunno:
 

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why kill the TSX for this? looks like a nissan maxima and mazda 6 combined :dunno:
They think all the lost TSX sales will mean more TL sales. Dream on.
 

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That really isn't impressive at all is it?
Nope.

The current (and larger) TSX gets roughly the same, if not better, MPG.


ILX

150 HP 2.0-litter auto is estimated at 24 city/32 highway

201 HP 2.4-litter manual is estimated at 20 city/29 highway


TSX

The 201 HP auto TSX gets 22 city/31 highway.

The 201 HP manual TSX gets 21 city/29 highway.

The 280 HP V6 auto TSX gets 19 city/28 highway.


Either the ILX is going to be heavy and/or not aerodynamic or Acura put the wrong engine in the ILX. Or all of the above.
 

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I didn't know the TSX came in a v6...

I like the ILX but I don't think I could ever go back to a four cylinder engine. Especially one that gets crappy mileage like this one.
 

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Are you sure that TSX is going to eliminated ? I thought ILX was just going to replace CSX :dunno:
 

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Are you sure that TSX is going to eliminated ? I thought ILX was just going to replace CSX :dunno:
Yes, I'm sure. I wasn't speaking slang when I stated that the TSX was going to get axed.

So unless something's changed, that's still the plan. The reason they're getting rid of the TSX is because Acura screwed up (as usual) and made the 2nd gen TSX too similar to the TL. Acura also made the TL too similar to the RL. Their whole lineup is a mess and needs some serious reworking so that they're more differentiated from one another.

http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120109/OEM04/120109843#ixzz1j14ilkQD

DETROIT -- American Honda's Acura division will launch a new entry-luxury sport sedan and a redesigned RDX crossover this spring as part of an ambitious effort to revive its luxury image.

The ILX sedan, which will replace the slightly larger TSX in the lineup, arrives in dealerships alongside the new RDX.

The combination of the two new products, plus the ability to manufacture at full capacity after recovering from last year's earthquake in Japan and flooding in Thailand, means Acura sales are projected to increase from about 123,000 units in 2011 to 180,000 this year, said American Honda CEO Tetsuo Iwamura.

Honda is revamping the Acura lineup over the next 18 months in a bid to jump-start the division's lagging sales.

After years of trying to push Acura into the front ranks with Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus, Honda officials say they will settle for offering midlevel premium vehicles that favor fuel economy over performance.
"Over the next 24 months the Acura brand will unleash a series of new models that will remake our product lineup and shake up the luxury market," Acura General Manager Jeff Conrad said in a statement.
Acura's U.S. sales -- hampered by inventory shortages resulting from the March earthquake in Japan -- dropped 8 percent to 123,299 vehicles last year.

The ILX will share underpinnings with the Honda Civic. It is not the first time Honda has based an Acura on the Civic. The successful Integra and RSX of the '90s and early '00s were both Civic derivatives, and no one thought less of them.

Why was the ILX downsized? The outgoing TSX was based on the European Honda Accord platform, and its footprint crowded the TL sedan, which also was about the same size as the flagship RL. Having three sedans so close in size but with a $20,000 price spread was a problem for the brand. More differentiation was needed -- hence the ILX.

The deletion of the TSX, though, will not happen immediately upon the launch of the ILX, said Vicki Poponi, American Honda assistant vice president of product planning.

While admitting the TSX "is the car that gets squeezed," Poponi said that, "We can't dump it right away. We'll see how they work together."


Acura design chief Jon Ikeda said the introduction of the ILX means Acura is "in process of reshaping the hierarchy of the entire Acura sedan lineup."

Iwamura was upbeat about Acura's sales prospects for this year.

"If we do 180,000 units, that will be a success. We are much more ambitious for the future. Last year, we struggled a lot with production [due to the earthquake and tsunami], but this year we can go full speed," Iwamura said.

The ILX, unveiled in concept form at the auto show here, will offer a choice of two four-cylinder engines -- a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter -- or a hybrid combined with a 1.5-liter four-banger.

Among standard features on the ILX: keyless locks, push-button start, Pandora radio and front, side and side-curtain airbags.

The ILX will be built exclusively at Honda's new Greensburg, Ind., plant, boosting Honda's U.S. manufacturing base and further shielding it from the strong yen. The outgoing TSX was built in Sayama, Japan.
 

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Yes, I'm sure. I wasn't speaking slang when I stated that the TSX was going to get axed.
Relax buddy no one said you did.

So unless something's changed, that's still the plan. The reason they're getting rid of the TSX is because Acura screwed up (as usual) and made the 2nd gen TSX too similar to the TL. Acura also made the TL too similar to the RL. Their whole lineup is a mess and needs some serious reworking so that they're more differentiated from one another.
I think they might not because TSX is bringing sells of its own for Acura.

"We can't dump it right away. We'll see how they work together."
 

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From the Temple

ILX pricing to start at around $27,000.

For that price, you'll get:

- cloth interior
- no HID
- 150 HP
- no XM


Some interesting tid bits....

The 2.4L 6MT and 1.5L Hybrid models are expected to start at around $30k.

The cars go on-sale officially May 25th, 2012 and will be built at Honda's new Greensburg, Indiana facility.

- 2.0L engine has a balancer shaft, Acura says it delivers performance that matches TSX 2.4 5AT.
- Hybrid powertrain is nearly identical to Civic Hybrid powertrain but it has been retuned extensively, delivers city-speed responsiveness approaching the level of CR-Z in sport mode
- ILX features Amplitude Reactive Dampers for improved maneuverabilty and ride comfort
- To be sold in North America and exported to China
- Earth Dreams powerplants will be introduced to the line about as soon as they're available. Not necessarily waiting for a hard date for an MMC event.
 

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Will failed. Not because I'm being negative.

First look at it? Nothing is wrong. Nothing is right. It's just bland. And they are asking how much??????

$27K MSRP + destination + taxes + license = $30K+

Can you think of alternatives to spend $30K on?

Ok, something positive. It's the BEST looking Acura nose in the line up.
 

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Too pricy, but it looks decent. Personally, i'll definately buy the tsx over this and i'm not too much of a tsx fan.
 

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Acura will have to axe the (better value) TSX for this ILX because you get so much more car for your $ with the TSX. If they don't the TSX will hurt ILX sales.

$27K for a ILX vs $30K for a TSX

- cloth interior vs leather interior
- 150 HP vs 201 HP
- no HID vs HID
- small car with less interior room vs larger car with more interior room (more head room, more leg room, more shoulder room, more trunk space)
- 24 city/35 highway vs 22 city/31 highway.... not a big MPG difference despite the ILX's smaller engine
- bigger brakes on TSX
- 16" wheels vs 17" wheels
 

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Remember back then we (Honda fans) got excited again when there were rumors of an entry level car as the Integra replacement. Honda is back. The CEO said so...

Wellll.... :dunno:
 

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Acura will have to axe the (better value) TSX for this ILX because you get so much more car for your $ with the TSX. If they don't the TSX will hurt ILX sales.

$27K for a ILX vs $30K for a TSX

- cloth interior vs leather interior
- 150 HP vs 201 HP
- no HID vs HID
- small car with less interior room vs larger car with more interior room (more head room, more leg room, more shoulder room, more trunk space)
- 24 city/35 highway vs 22 city/31 highway.... not a big MPG difference despite the ILX's smaller engine
- bigger brakes on TSX
- 16" wheels vs 17" wheels

I agree with you :yes:....I just think Acura could've done a lil better for the 27k.
 
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