2016 Acura ILX Teased for L.A. Show


The Acura ILX compact luxury sedan will be refreshed for the 2016 model year, and this teaser photo gives us our first look at the car before it makes its official debut next month at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show.

Acura has so far released few clues as to how it will change the ILX, but the company clearly wants to increase the model's appeal and sales. "The 2016 ILX will bring a sharper performance focus while delivering a greater set of high-value comfort, convenience and safety features," Acura said in a statement.

In addition to "more forceful, sporty exterior styling," the 2016 Acura ILX is also promised to have "a potent new powertrain." Currently, the Acura ILX offers buyers a choice of two engines: a 150-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four, and a high-revving 201-hp, 2.0-liter mill also employed by the Honda Civic Si. The slow-selling Acura ILX hybrid was discontinued for the 2015 model year. It's unclear what new powertrain Acura plans to fit to the 2016 ILX. One possibility is a version of the 206-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic employed by the new 2015 Acura TLX.

The Acura ILX was introduced at the 2012 Chicago auto show and hasn't been significantly updated since. Sales of the car, which is based on the Honda Civic, have not impressed. Acura ILX sales totaled just 12,251 in its first year on the market and 20,430 in 2013 -- putting it behind the MDX, RDX, and TL in Acura's lineup last year. Through the end of September this year, Acura ILX sales are down 15.8 percent compared to the same period in 2013.

Automobile Oct 20, 2014

Date Posted: October 20, 2014

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