The Japanese automaker promises upgrades in its second generation model – the 2018 Acura ILX. Although falling Honda’s luxury division and the Acura sporting a number of promising models, yet the smallest among them is its ILX. Debuted in 2012, it is Honda’s most minimalistic luxury sedan.
2018 Acura ILX – Perfectly Designed
The name sporty clearly defines this sedan. With 4 small LEDs constituting its headlights on either side, designers have gone for perfectly complementing turning lights. The front fascia of the 2018 Acura ILX bears tremendous similarity to Honda’s present grille; the only difference is the company’s logo. However, the air intakes place themselves alongside a couple of fog lamps that provides a perfect designing transition. This new model receives a pointed nose which some say is quite appealing. A 5 door car, by all means, it opts for standard 18-inch wheels that accept tires of variable thicknesses.
Interior and Tech
The perfectly blended fiber dash houses an instrument cluster and an in-house central console. Good quality leather upholstery provides cushioning over its seats and steering wheel which come with heating facilities.
The Acura ILX leaves no strings untied considering its infotainment system. A 7-inch touch screen takes the limelight here which comes equipped with Smartphone connectivity. Additional features include Apple Car Play, Android Auto, 3 USB ports, Bluetooth and Siri Eyes.
Other notable aspects of 2018 Acura ILX include ambient lighting, 6-way adjustable front and rear seats as well as rear seat folding capabilities. An intricate highlight here goes to a solitary rear camera that aids in parking at crowded street corners.
The Acura ILX claims to ensure complete safety to its passengers. Normal safety features include 6 airbags that provide all round support and power adjustable seat belts. On the other hand, notable features include side impact beams, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure warning for highway cruising. The 2018 Acura ILX will also get Cross traffic monitoring system and superior quality brakes providing the constant bit on the tarmac.
Engine Options and Transmission
This sedan will receive a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine. Almost 210 HP will be its power output coupled to 180 lb-ft of torque. However, the 2018 Acura ILX will sport an impressive EPA rating. The city figures will stand at 25 mpg while highways will provide a mileage of almost 35 mpg. The 8-speed is a dual-clutch setup that will be coupled with this engine.
Competition, Price and Release Date
This nimble yet attractive sedan will face direct competition from Audi A3, BMW 2-series and Buick Cascada. Although meant for daily commuters and carefree use, its true potential will only be visible on its release. The 2018 Acura ILX shall be unveiled by the beginning of next year and will get a base price tag of around $29,000.