Restyled Compact Goes 2.4L-Only, Loses 6-Speed Manual, Adds 8-Speed DCT
Unfortunately, the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission has been discontinued.
"It's just a badge-engineered Honda Civic
." This (uninformed) criticism has been leveled at the Acura ILX
since the premium compact arrived on the scene to duke it out with the Buick Verano
and, more recently, the Audi A3
and Mercedes-Benz CLA-class
. For model year 2016, Acura
will attempt to address the car's critics, issuing a major reshuffle of the sedan's lineup along with the typical sheen of a mid-cycle refresh.
Following up on the discontinuation of the ILX Hybrid for 2015, Acura is dispatching the antiquated pairing of the base 2.0-litre four-cylinder and five-speed automatic for 2016. The 2.4-litre, sourced from the Honda Civic Si, still produces 201 horsepower, while torque has been bumped up from 170 to 180, with peak output arriving at 3,600 rpm rather than 4,400. Acura is also adding the same eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission from the TLX
to its ILX lineup. Unfortunately, the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission we've always enjoyed has been discontinued. Sad trombone, indeed.
Powertrain tweaks aside, Acura has issued a pretty handsome freshening for 2016. The ILX was always a handsome offering, but the new front and rear clips are improvements. Acura's love-it-or-hate-it JewelEye headlights have been grafted onto the ILX, while the grille, a traditional weak point for the brand, is perhaps one of the best we've seen out of the company in several years. The rear taillights also received some attention, although it was the back bumper that saw the biggest update, with the lower section getting a sportier look.
Acura will also add a new A-Spec package for 2016, which replaces the standard 17-inch wheels with 18s, adds "Euro-style" stitching to the steering wheel and adds black Lux Suede inserts to the seats, along with a flurry of smaller aesthetic tweaks. The A-Spec can be added alongside the existing Premium and Technology Packs.
Acura hasn't released any interior images as of this writing, although we'll be sure to snap a few following today's debut conference at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show
. Until then, scroll down
for the official press release from Acura.