2016 Acura ILX Redesign, Specifications and Review

The 2016 Acura ILX gets some cosmetic treatments including new front and rear end modifications, new headlamps. With all these new design, the new entry-level luxury sedan has pretty much aggressive new looks. Not only that, the company also offers a wide range of powertrain options in the next model.

2016 Acura ILX Inside A Garage

Exterior

Visually, there’s not all that much changed. The 2016 Acura ILX gets a slight refresh in front and in back. Jewel Eye LED lamps have been subbed in, as well as some upgraded interior materials, larger wheels and tires, and improved connectivity features. Stylistically, we’ve found that the ILX is has a nice balance between crisp and fluid, edgy and smooth—a more youthful take on a compact luxury car than you’ll find elsewhere in the segment, and handsome if not lust-inducing. Inside, it’s a pleasant place to travel, looking like a typical Acura: edgy curves, contoured surfaces, and easy-to-read gauges.

2016 Acura ILX Side View at LA Auto Show

Interior

Dual center console displays — an 8-inch top screen and a 7-inch lower touchscreen — will interface with the 2016 Acura ILX’s entertainment and connectivity features. Premium trim models will offer a navigation app that ties into a user’s iPhone (and data plan), while other available features will include satellite and high-definition radio, Siri Eyes Free voice command for the iPhone and a premium ELS surround audio system.

The lack of now-common driver aids like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warning — even as options — is a glaring oversight in the current ILX. Acura fixes this with the 2016 model, offering a full menu of features including blind-spot warning, rear-cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist, forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and a multiview back-up camera.

2016 Acura ILX Interior with Beautiful Dashboard Design

Powertrain

Under the hood, Acura has already discontinued the hybrid version and for the 2016MY, it’s doing away with the 2.0-liter four-pot as well, placing the Civic-sourced 2.4-liter four-cylinder as the new standard engine of the range. It produces 201hp and at 6,800 rpm and 180 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm, and is paired to a an 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with torque converter and paddle-controlled Sequential Sport Shift. There’s no mention of a manual gearbox in Acura’s release. The ILX promises to offer better steering responsiveness and handling due to a re-tuned suspension.

There are now a total of six 2016 Acura ILX packages, including standard ILX, Premium, Technology Plus, A-Spec, A-Spec Premium, and A-Spec Technology Plus. A-Spec models are the sporty versions in the lineup, and at the Premium level, the ILX gets a two-position driver’s seat memory, plus a power passenger seat, universal garage-door opener, and the dual-screen setup. The Premium grade model has, for the first time, a navigation system based on a connected iPhone, with the proper AcuraLink app, and Premium models and above get satellite radio and HD Radio. Tech models add the AcuraWatch suite plus embedded navigation and a reconfigurable display.

2016 Acura ILX Rear View at LA Auto Show Debut

2016 Acura ILX Release Date and Price

The Japanese automaker has confirmed that the 2016 Acura ILX will hit the showrooms floor in early 2015. As for pricing, the company hasn’t released any official statement regarding this. Expect a slight price increase from the previous one. We will update you soon with more information as it becomes available.

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