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2015 Acura ILX Coupe Is Dead


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Just the Facts:
  • A coupe version of the ILX sedan was part of the original product plan for the new nameplate.
  • Slow sales of the ILX sedan make the coupe a less likely addition.
  • An Acura official refused to comment on any future product plans.

TORRANCE, California — Last year's launch of the 2013 Acura ILX sedan has consumers asking the next logical question — when will we see an ILX coupe?

The answer is, disappointingly, probably never.

Considering the ILX is based on the Honda Civic, which is available in sedan and coupe body styles, and given Acura's history with the Integra and RSX coupes, this will surprise many. Not to mention that prior to the launch of the ILX, Honda officials hinted to Edmunds that a coupe version of the ILX was in the works.

But plans change and as tempting as an ILX coupe might be to Acura enthusiasts, slow sales of the ILX sedan may have already sunk the coupe's chances for production. Sales have already fallen below projections and Honda has reduced output of the ILX to concentrate on Civic production, which occurs at the same assembly plant.

When asked to comment on the current possibility of an ILX coupe, Acura Public Relations Manager Chuck Schifsky responded, "We do not comment on future product or our product planning process for potential models."

The return of an entry-level Acura coupe has been anticipated ever since the RSX ceased production in 2006. And of course every hard-core sport compact enthusiast out there wants Acura to revive the Type R name, which has become a performance legend. The high-performance Acura Integra Type R was built in very small numbers from 1995-2000 (and sold in the U.S. from 1997-2001), and is still considered by many to be the best hot hatch ever created.

But first Acura needs to figure out the small premium sedan segment, which is about to become a war zone with the introductions of the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and the Audi A3.

Edmunds says: It's an unlikely addition given the sedan's current weakness, but an ILX coupe would still go a long way toward injecting some excitement into Acura's lineup.

Comments

  • I'm still in a daze after waking and finding myself in an alternate universe where a small 'luxury' Buick sells well and a small 'luxury' Acura doesn't. Honda/Acura used to be on fire and now they have only been able to coast through some big misses on the momentum of prior hits.

  • dibbyd dibbyd Posts:

    When asked to comment on the current possibility of an ILX coupe, Acura Public Relations Manager Chuck Schifsky responded, "We do not *focus* on future product or our product planning process for potential models." There, fixed it for ya. And this is coming from a 2012 TL owner.

  • dfelix70 dfelix70 Posts:

    Another source reported this back in August, that the ILX coupe was dropped. http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/08/acura-tlx-to-get-45-mpg-hybrid-ilx-coupe-dropped.html

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    They should have introduced the coupe first, and perhaps never done a sedan. Then there would be a clear differentiation from the similarly-priced TSX, and a clear reason to buy an ILX. Although there have been reports that the TSX is going away or moving upmarket, it didn't happen fast enough.

  • sjw91_ sjw91_ Posts:

    Everyone seemed to like Acura a lot more back when they had just the Legend and Integra. Back when they actually had names for cars...

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I think Acura ILX is Japanese for "Even more overweight and under performing Civic." At least back in the day the Integra was something different and went well. Now Honda/Acura are following the GM badge-engineering model.

  • minghi minghi Posts:

    Thank GOD. I hated the ILX when it came out. It was probably the worst value for money entry level luxury??? car ever introduced.

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    The Integra/RSX was just as much a badge-engineered Civic as the ILX; in Japan it was the successor to the Honda Quint and like the Quint sold with Honda badges through Honda Verno dealers while the Civic was sold at Honda Primo dealers. The ILX has the same or better power/weight ratio than the Civics with the same power train.

  • zoomzoomn zoomzoomn Posts:

    Having driven an ILX, I can understand the slow sales. While the top of the line one is pretty quick, that model is only available with a manual transmission...a big hit against big sales numbers. Overall, the car has nice styling and really good available feature content, but at a price. Also, it's lack of decent driving refinement is also an additional sore point. To make things even worse, the automatic with the base engine was just plain SLOW! Not fitting of an entry level car of any premium brand, let alone the near premium badge that Acura remains to be. Acura needs to step it up on refinement, styling and get it's performance image back before it's too late!

  • This strays from the topic a bit but I'm sure its one that is discussed at Edmunds and probably all sites that deal with cars. What is the future of sport cars and sporty cars? I think Honda's pretty clear abandonment of enthusiast cars shows that people in general are not interested in them unfortunately. I think from here now our choices among those types of cars will dwindle. Has Edmunds ever thought about the doing an article on the future of the hobby? Road and Track is doing one although the young person they choose to participate lives in NYC. Thats like trying to get Rush Limbaugh to like President Obama.

  • garrym garrym Posts:

    rasguetano1, You maybe right, perhaps a large portion of the younger generation is just not into cars. I look around and see many young eyes focused on their eye phones. Young people I interact with (19 - 23 years) either are not interested in owing a car or if they do, it's cheap and simply A to B transportation. Perhaps Honda believes they're right in moving away from spsorty cars. But then to what? Suzuki recently announced their departure from North America, the other Japanese automakers have nothing cheap and fun to drive for young people. What's happening out there? I've give credit to GM and Ford for doing something to attract younger buyers. At one time I liked a number of Acura products and had the pleasure of testing a Type R Integra way back. Now a little older, I see no real driver's cars at Acura or Honda or Toyota. There is hope at Nissan with the new Altima.

  • vroom2 vroom2 Posts:

    The ILX is not a bad product and is no more badge engineered than the Acura Integra. Instead of spending R&D dollars on a coupe they should focus on making the 2.4 engine standard and offering it with an automatic transmission (preferably a 6 speed). Then make sure that all the infotainment options are available on all models. Whoever thought that offering the only decent engine with only basic infotainment and a manual transmission should be fired.

  • b_thunder b_thunder Posts:

    And they wanted to sell a car that's really a sub-par car for a Honda brand as a "luxury" car at a premium price? Honda needs a reality check! This is NOT Integra or RSX, this not even a "plain" Civic the way Civics were in the 190s and 1990s. Actually, i think all ILS versions will be dead a lot sooner than the end of its "natural" product cycle.

  • I was waiting with anticipation for the ILX to come out but unfortunately the Manual Shift is NOT being offered with Naviagation so they lost my business

  • carl0ver carl0ver Posts:

    ..to no one's surprise at all. yeah you go honda.

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