2012 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Acura's new entry-level model is based on the Honda Civic.
- The ILX will offer a choice of three powertrains, including Acura's first hybrid gasoline-electric drive system.
- The ILX goes on sale in spring.
DETROIT — Acura's new entry-level ILX sedan is based on the Honda Civic and will offer a choice of three powertrains, including Acura's first hybrid gasoline-electric drive system. The ILX, unveiled here in concept form, will be assembled at Honda's plant in Greensburg, Indiana, and goes on sale in spring.
The ILX is being positioned by Acura as its new "gateway" model, aimed at younger buyers. The basic version will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while a more sporting edition gets a 2.4-liter four and a six-speed manual gearbox. The ILX Hybrid will share the Civic's 93-horsepower 1.5-liter gasoline engine.
Other features include a smart entry keyless access system and push-button start, as well as Pandora internet radio interface and SMS text message function. Acura also plans to offer an optional Technology package.
Edmunds.com says: Entry luxury — if that's not an oxymoron.