Acura is giving the 2016 ILX a much-needed refresh which debuted today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Acura is giving the 2016 ILX a much-needed refresh which debuted today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The ILX is Acura’s smallest model, which shares its platform with Honda Civic and thankfully the updates go a long way towards helping to differentiate the two models.
The biggest changes are found under the hood. All ILX’s receive an updated 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder making 201 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 180 lb-ft. of torque at 3,600, up 51 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft. compared to the outgoing 2.0-liter engine. The new engine is mated to the worlds first 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with a torque converter. Unfortunately that means that the manual transmission is now gone – insert sad face.
Exteriors changes to the 2016 ILX include restyled front and rear fascias with a new front grille with Jewel Eye headlights, rear LED lights, and restyled wheels. A new ILX A-SPEC package contains sporty side sills, rear spoiler, fog lights and different 18-inch wheels with black insets.
Inside the 2016 ILX gets new stitching and trim, plus additional sound deadening material. In addition, the new A-SPEC package contains an exclusive black interior color scheme with black headliner, perforated black suede seat inserts with gray stitching, red instrument lighting, and aluminum brake and throttle pedals.
Equipment packages in the 2016 ILX also benefits from a revised lineup. Premium and above grades get a host of new equipment including an upper 8-inch display screen with lower 7-inch touchscreen. Also available on certain grades is a new tethered navigation system, the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety technologies, Blind Spot and rear Cross Traffic Monitors, along with enhanced audio options, and Siri Eyes Free. The new 2016 Acura ILX goes on sale in early 2015 and fuel economy specs and pricing will be revealed closer to launch.