(PRWEB) August 24, 2012
Acura recently unveiled its updated and new Acura cars for 2013. The big news for Acura for the upcoming model year is the introduction of the entry-level premium ILX sedan. Heavily based on Honda's popular Civic platform, the ILX debuted on the U.S. market in May of 2012. The ILX joins other new Acura cars rolled out in recent model years, including the Acura TSX and a special edition TSX with 6-speed manual. The TL received a mid-year update in 2012.
New Acura cars seem to be arriving ever other model year. This reflects an industry trend of moderation when it comes to launching entirely new car models. In 2012, the biggest news from the automaker was the mid-year tweaking of the TL. Acura's popular TL model is the second best-selling luxury sedan in the United States, just behind BMW's 3 Series. The TL was Acura's best-selling model until it was surpassed by the MDX in 2007. Recent updates on the TL include new front and rear styling and a smaller insert in the front grill. The MDX got its facelift in 2010. The current model is a carryover from mid-2010 changes that will remain in place for 2013.
There were no new Acura cars introduced for 2012. The 2011 model year saw the introduction of the Acura TSX Sport Wagon, which debuted as the CSX was dropped. The ZDX is among other new Acura cars unveiled in recent years. An optional V6 engine from the TL was added to the 2010 model. A diesel engine option was added to existing and new Acura cars in 2008. Acura's TSX and TL models were redesigned in 2009. No new changes are expected among popular new Acura cars introduced within the past five years. The TL was updated again in 2012, but there are no plans for any further upgrades.
Despite some impressive stats for recent new Acura cars, the emphasis for 2013 will be the new Acura ILX. Said to be a blend of technology and nature, the ILX adapts three power train variants from the Honda Civic. State-of-the-art 3D projection mapping is meant to boost overall navigation while emphasizing safety, a common feature of other recent new Acura cars. Features of the 2013 ILX include:
- Three trim levels
- Three i-VTEC 4-cylinder choices
- 150-horsepower 2.0L
- High intensity discharge headlamps
- 201-hp 2.4L and 110 hp
- 1.5L hybrid electric with Integrated Motor Assist
The CSX, relegated to Acura's Canadian market since 2011, has been pulled completely in favor the new ILX. A concept version of the ILX was previewed at the 2011 North American Auto Show. The new model is characterized by what Acura has termed "Aero-fused Dynamics." Available in gas and hybrid versions, the ILX has an EPA fuel economy rating of 39 mpg (city) and 38 mpg (highway). Acura recently issued a recall of the ILX due to issues with the door latch, which may open while driving. The safety recall also affected the redesigned 2012 CR-V. The issue has since been corrected and Acura hopes that the ILX will be the highlight of the upcoming 2013 model year.