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2014 Acura RSX Sedan!
Spied on the Street! 2013 Acura "Sub-TSX" (RSX?)!!

We just spied the newest Acura: An upscale sedan riding on the Civic platform and due to arrive for the 2014 model year!

RSX? That's right! Sources are speculating that the TSX will be discontinued after the 2013 model year and the slot in the lineup will be replaced with the familiar RSX name.

The sedan, as shown here in pre-production prototype form, will arrive in the first half of 2013, with a coupe and possible convertible to follow a year later.

Although riding on the Civic platform, this is no rebadged Honda. The RSX will be larger than its Civic cousin and, therefore, have unique styling and sheetmetal.
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:ugh: Another FWD sedan.
 

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I never get why ppl are willing to pay over 30k for a FWD acura...
 

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2013 Acura ILX
Just the Facts:
-The new Civic-based ILX sedan goes on sale next spring.
-The 2013 ILX will feature Acura's first hybrid system.
-Acura also will offer a choice of two four-cylinder gasoline engines in the new ILX.

Acura will offer U.S. buyers its first hybrid system in the all-new 2013 Acura ILX sedan. The Civic-based compact makes its world debut in early January at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and goes on sale next spring, priced from "well below $30,000," according to Acura.

Acura, which last year marked its 25th year as Honda's premium brand, sees the 2013 ILX as the anchor in a new strategy to capture entry-luxury buyers and keep them in the fold.

Toward that goal, Acura is testing a new design vocabulary on the ILX that it calls "aero-fused dynamics." The full-year sales target for the car is 40,000 units.

The front-wheel-drive ILX will come with a choice of three powertrains, including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a five-speed automatic transmission and a 2.4-liter four with a six-speed automatic.

Acura also will market the 2013 ILX with a hybrid gasoline-electric drivetrain derived from the Civic Hybrid, which is based around a 93-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

The 2013 ILX will offer a variety of advanced features, including a rear camera, HDD and wireless access to Pandora (Web radio) and text messaging (SMS).

A concept version of the car will be shown in Detroit in January with huge cross-drilled brake rotors, aggressive 19-inch five-spoke rims and 235/35ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires — none of which will be offered on the production ILX.
 

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In Acura's retooled lineup, mpg triumphs over mph
In the works for Acura:

-- The ILX compact sedan will arrive in spring, using Honda's global Civic platform. It replaces the tired TSX that used the bones of the European Accord.

-- A redesigned RL flagship that is larger than the current version is due next fall.

-- A redesigned mid-sized TL sedan follows in the spring of 2013.

"Our sedans haven't been doing the job for the brand," said Vicki Poponi, American Honda assistant vice president for product planning, at a briefing here for dealers and the media.

Poponi said the TSX, TL and RL were cannibalizing sales because they were too close in footprint and interior size. The new models will create a bigger spread in the lineup.

Changes in the crossover categories also are coming, with a redesigned RDX compact arriving next spring and the next MDX in 2013.

Civic clone?
In using the Civic as the basis for the ILX, Acura is traveling the same platform-sharing course it did with its Integra and RSX coupes in the 1980s and 1990s. But Poponi said the ILX will bear no resemblance to the Civic or the Canadian-market Acura CSX, which has been derided as a rebadged Civic.

"All the suspension settings will be tuned to be Acura," Poponi said. "Consider it as different as the TL is from the Accord or the MDX is from the Pilot."

The ILX will be available with a choice of a 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine with automatic transmission, a 2.4-liter engine with a six-speed manual transmission or a 1.5-liter hybrid powertrain. Features will include push-button start, rearview camera, Pandora link and SMS with text-to-voice capability.

Acura hopes that sales of the ILX, to be priced "well below $30,000," will be about 40,000 units annually. The current-generation TSX peaked at 31,998 sales in 2008.
 

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2013 Acura ILX Concept
Three Forms
We do know Acura plans on offering the ILX in one body style, but in three different flavors. The "base" car will utilize a 2.0-liter I-4, which is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Want a sportier feel? The ILX can also be ordered with the 2.4-liter DOHC I-4 used in the Honda Civic Si family, which is only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Exact specifications have yet to be released, but expect an ILX so equipped to pack about 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.

The ILX's third variant is a first for the Acura brand: a hybrid. The ILX Hybrid will crib the gas-electric driveline from its Civic sibling, meaning it will utilize a 1.5-liter I-4 paired with Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system. The Civic Hybrid earns a 44-mpg city/highway rating from the EPA, but Acura hints the ILX's driveline may be tuned to deliver a bit more performance instead of identical fuel economy figures.




 

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Jeez, how many different cars are they gonna rip off? So far from that angle, I see hints of a Lexus IS, BMW 3 series, Audi A4, Scion tC, and for some reason, a Chrysler 200. :wtf: The only thing that resembles Acura is the logo and the shape of the license plate area. :ugh:
 

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First Drive: 2013 Acura ILX
Where Does It Fit In?
Given that the premium C-segment is still growing in the U.S (a new Audi A3 is due within a year or so), it's hard to say exactly how the ILX fits into a relatively young market. Even so, we expect it may have some competition from within Acura's own lineup. Product planners believe the ILX and TSX each cater to different demographics and boast their own personalities, but we can't help but the two will but heads, especially since the TSX offers a little more interior volume for a little more money. Will value-oriented buyers adopt a space-per-dollar mentality when visiting their Acura showrooms, or will they be swayed by the ILX's looks, refinement, and amenities? Only time will tell.
2013 Acura ILX - First Drive Review
New Integra? No, just a very nice Civic . . . as was the Integra.

The five-speed automatic seems outdated when a $17K  Kia Forte has a six-speed, but it works compatibly if not thrillingly. Those still mourning the loss of the original TSX—or indeed, the Integra—will want the 2.4-liter. With the extra power and the manual, the ILX wakes up, becoming the frisky sports sedan it aspires to be. Maybe this is a sign that  Acura is also finally stirring.
2013 Acura ILX First Drive
Acura's Big New (Small) Thing

The Acura ILX begins hitting showrooms next month, and the big question is what competition it will have. While Acura reps cite the Lexus CT 200h and Audi A3 as competitors, even they are quick to admit that both of those cars have hatchback body styles and may not occupy quite the same market space. Acura estimates the base-model 2.0-liter ILX will start around $27,000, with the hybrid and 2.4-liter versions ringing at around $30,000.
2013 Acura ILX - First Drive
A TSX replacement or RSX resurrected?

All in all, though, the ILX is a vehicle that ultimately makes sense as it expands the Acura brand to new buyers that want to graduate to a premium car without breaking the bank. We see it as a step toward reviving the Acuras we so fondly remember driving. And while we’re reminiscing, wouldn’t it be a great time to revive the Type-S models?
2013 Acura ILX: Drive Review
Do I want one?

Acura marketing buffs branded the ILX “youth with maturity” and say that's exactly who the car is meant for. The target customers for the new ILX are Gen X and Y—successful 20- and 30-somethings who are moving into the luxury car ranks but who are still looking for high-value. If that's you, this could be your car. The ILX would be best for a driver who doesn't need to consistently haul people, but would work for families seeking an entry-level luxury sedan.

The ILX is competing against the Audi A3, the Lexus CT200h and the mainstream Verano—all solid offerings for this segment. The Audi A3 is smaller on space but offers an all-wheel-drive option. The Lexus CT 200h has unique styling and gets 42 mpg combined at a price of $29,995. The Verano could be the ILX's toughest competitor, as a larger, mainstream vehicle with a base price of $23,470. Shoppers might want to compare each car's standard features, since Acura offers as standard a keyless access system, a five-inch color central display and a power-operated glass moonroof with tilt feature and sliding sunshade.
2013 Acura ILX First Drive
Acura Builds a Smaller, Lighter Car, Like It or Not

First Impression:
It's more of a Jetta replacement than a reborn Integra, but a quality cabin, a well-damped ride, above-average fuel economy and realistic pricing should ensure the ILX finds its buyer.
2013 Acura ILX Review
ILX delivers style, luxury and choice

FAST FACTS


1. Acura’s newest model, the ILX, slots in below the TSX and is loosely based on the Honda Civic platform.

2. Three models are offered, including a base 150 hp 2.0L 4-cyl, a 201 hp 2.4L and a 38 mpg combined Hybrid.

3. Pricing for the base ILX starts at $25,900 and tops out at $31,400. The ILX 2.4L is priced at $29,200 and the Hybrid at $28,900 to start.

LOVE IT
Good looks
Interior worthy of premium badge
Solid standard features
Conventional packaging with lots of model choice

LEAVE IT
Pricing could be more attractive
Compromised headroom
2.4L version Irrelevant
Hybrid system could be more refined
2013 Acura ILX 2.4 Review
With the TSX already on offer, the ILX 2.4 is worse than redundant

FAST FACTS


1. The ILX 2.4L is powered by the same engine as the Honda Civic Si, with 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque and comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission.

2. All ILX models get reactive dampers, while the 2.4L gets larger 17-inch wheels and upgraded front brakes.

3. Inside, all ILX models get standard dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, Bluetooth and keyless access with a push button ignition while the 2.4L adds leather seats and a leather steering wheel.

4. Available as one model with no options the ILX 2.4L is priced at $29,200.

LOVE IT
Premium interior
Stylish compact luxury looks
Keyless access and push-button ignition standard

LEAVE IT
Poor visibility
Overpriced
Not nearly as engaging as the TSX
Completely redundant
 

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his shit is no luxury. How can luxury looks so cheap?
it's not really supposed to be? the car freaking starts at $25,000, what did you expect? It tops out at $31,000...making it effectively cheaper than most entry level "luxury" brands.

This is just Acura's way of getting to us since we're such brand whores here (aka stupid)

It is for those who need a fucking civic, but are embarrassed or something by a Honda badge.
 
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