The 2012 Chicago auto show became the venue for Acura’s launching of the brand’s new entry model which is the 2013 Acura ILX. The latest version of the ILX which is set to go on sale this spring is currently one the finest car models that is included on the brand’s vehicle line-up for this year.
Upon its release on the market, the ILX will be targeting the growing population of young car buyers. In fact, Acura confirmed that the 2013 Acura ILX would be targeting the buying population’s 20 to 30 years old segment particularly those who want to purchase their first premium car out of the fortunes that they have earned at their very young age.
The launch that was held in Chicago was actually the vehicle’s second appearance on a major auto show since the 2013 Acura ILX has previously appeared at the 2012 Detroit auto show as a five-passenger concept sedan.
Now that the 2013 Acura ILX is set to hit the production line of Honda’s Indiana plant, Acura provided a lot of information about this model. First off, Acura confirmed that the ILX will be released as the brand’s entry level sedan for 2012. The model will be based on the platform used by the Honda Civic sedan and due to this it is quite possible that the ILX will have an overall dimension which is similar to that of the Honda Civic.
Secondly, the 2013 Acura ILX sedan will be offered as a gasoline engine-powered and hybrid variants. The gasoline engine-powered model will be propelled by two types of engine and this would allow the target buyers to choose a particular version that suits their driving needs.
The first engine that will be used on the 2013 version of the ILX is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This is capable of producing a maximum power output of up to 150 horsepower. The second engine would be the larger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 201 horsepower.
The brand will also be using its first-ever hybrid drivetrain on the 2013 Acura ILX sedan and this would be composed of a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine backed by a small electric motor. The hybrid version is expected to provide buyers with the best fuel economy ratings of 35 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway.
For those who want to go for the for the gasoline engine-powered variants of the 2013 Acura ILX sedan are also assured that they would purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle since the model which is powered by the base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine obtained the EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 24 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.