Acura revealed the production version of the new ILX sedan at the 2012 Chicago Autoshow.
They say it’s a luxury saloon for young buyers, but it doesn’t look like it. We would call it luxurious if it was 1997. But by today’s standards, it’s more of a fairly uninteresting mid-size sedan for retired sales reps. The interior is particularly old-fashioned and boring.
The car goes on sale in America available with a choice of three engines, including Acura’s first-ever gas-electric hybrid. It features 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 35/38 mpg city/highway. The power output is a bit shabby, at 111hp and 127 lb-ft of torque.
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. It does 24/32 mpg city/highway. The sportiest engine on offer is a 2.4-liter engine with an output of 201 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft torque at 4,300 rpm, and fuel economy figures of 20/29 mpg.