The 2019 Acura ILX freshens up for the new year
For 2019, Acura has reshaped its compact ILX, giving it the familiar diamond grille that graces the faces of rest of the Acura lineup. Along with the revised nose, Acura is tacking its AcuraWatch driver-assist technologies on as standard equipment, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In a twist, the folks at Acura are also touting significant price reductions headed the ILX’s way as part of the refresh.
The price cuts might seem strange, but this is the second update to the aging ILX. First launched in 2012, and refreshed more recently in ’16, Acura is getting its money’s worth from the ILX’s underpinnings. A 2.4-liter I4 is still responsible for powering the front wheels. Managing the 201 hp is an eight-speed dual clutch transmission.
Visually, the most obvious difference for the ’19 model year is the signature Diamond Pentagon grille and LED headlamps. The new grille is joined by a more aggressively styled hood and front fascia. The rear decklid, taillights and lower diffuser are also new for ’19.
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As for modern driver-assist features, the standard AcuraWatch suite comes with a collision-mitigation braking system, a forward-collision warning system, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise and road-departure mitigation. There’s also a lane-departure warning, which you’ll eventually find the button for and be able to turn off.
The new ILX will start rolling into showrooms in the second week of October starting at $26,895, which puts it right about at a fully loaded Honda Civic’s price point. That means that the ILX could peel off Civic buyers who want a more upscale look for approximately the same MSRP.