Re-engineered 2016 Acura ILX Unveiled in LA
Acura took the wraps off its restyled, reengineered and reborn 2016 ILX sports sedan today, launching at Acura dealerships across Canada in early 2015. The 2016 Acura ILX finds a new 201-horsepower, directed-injected i-VTEC engine and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission for all models, the same advanced engine and transmission combination that powers the just-launched TLX. The 2016 Acura ILX boasts dynamic new front and rear styling cues, standard Jewel Eye LED headlights, upgraded interior materials, optional upsized wheels and tires, enhanced connectivity, and a host of new premium features and technologies, along with significant improvements to cabin quietness, sporty handling and collision avoidance and safety.
The 2016 ILX will be available in four grades – ILX, ILX with Premium Package, ILX with Technology Package, and ILX with the all-new A-SPEC package. Also as an Acura first, all 2016 ILX models will now come standard with AcuraWatch driver assist and sensing technologies. This unprecedented move equips all ILX grades with features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, and enhanced Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with pedestrian-sensing capability.
All 2016 ILX models will be powered by a 2.4-litre, 16-valve, direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC engine with peak output of 201-horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 180 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm, up 51 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft. compared to the outgoing 2.0-litre engine. The new engine is mated to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with torque converter and paddle-controlled Sequential Sport Shift. It’s the most advanced transmission in its competitive set, delivering incredibly quick, crisp and intuitive gear changes, including rev-matching down shifts, to achieve outstanding response and sporting performance with top-class fuel efficiency. The world’s first DCT with a torque converter, Acura’s 8-speed DCT provides off-the-line torque multiplication for smoother, more powerful launches that other DCTs cannot match.