ILX Becomes Acura’s First Hybrid

Acura unveiled its first-ever hybrid vehicle today at the Vancouver International Auto Show held in Vancouver, B.C., and scheduled to be produced for the 2013 model year.

The ILX is an all-new model that becomes the gateway into the Acura brand and is available also in conventional versions.

As Acura’s first hybrid model, the ILX Hybrid makes use of a 1.5-liter engine and an Integrated Motor Assist electric motor. The hybrid drivetrain uses the gasoline engine as the primary power source, while an electric motor provides additional power when needed.

A lithium-ion battery pack is used to capture and store electricity for the 20 horsepower electric motor. Together, the gasoline engine and electric motor produce 111 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 127 pound-feet of torque between 1,000-3,000 rpm.

As is common with regenerative braking systems, during braking, the gasoline engine deactivates and the electric motor acts as a generator to recharge the battery pack. At a stop, the 1.5-liter engine can enter idle-stop mode to save fuel and reduce emissions. The engine remains off until the brake pedal is released.

As a five-passenger entry luxury sedan, the ILX model line combines compact proportions with ample cargo space, a spacious passenger interior and a large and airy greenhouse that provides excellent outward visibility. The goal Acura had for this compact sedan is to combine luxury, performance and efficiency while maintaining a strong emphasis on a stylish and aerodynamic exterior design.

The entry-level ILX will be powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 140 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm.

All Acura ILX versions will be manufactured exclusively at the company’s plant in Greensburg, Ind.

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  • Max Reid

    Its good that they are using Lithium battery, but I am wondering why the Honda’s hybrids are selling at such a low rate. In March-2012, the Insight / CR-Z / Civic-H trio sold around 2,500 units while Prius alone sold 28,711 units.

    Are the hybrid buyers particular about Full Hybrid. After all, Insight also gives 43 MPG and is priced at just 18.3 K. Why is it not selling well.

  • Nathan

    No MPG numbers? Isn’t that at least part of the point of a hybrid?

    Besides that lack of info, this looks like a really interesting car if you want a hybrid that is “nicer” than what is currently available.

  • Sammy Carr

    The reason Toyota sells loads of Hybrid cars is simple. They run better and are much more refined. Honda’s hybrid’s jerk and bounce and give you a feeling of a crude ride. Both Lexus CT 200h and Prius are virtually perfect and are highly refined with 45+ MPG all of the time. Stick with Toyota or Lexus and you will love your Hybrid!

  • Max Reid

    Sammy : I have Prius-2007 and enjoy the ride and I get 44 MPG city/hwy (summer/winter) combined.

    Even with Insight-2012, is it bumpy. In 2009, Honda sold 92,000 Insights in Japan, in the subsequent years its sales tumbled.

    BTW, Prius sold 28,711 units to become 6th best selling vehicle and 3rd best selling car in US in March-2012.

  • Robert mileage

    Acura web site list mileage at 38/38 not very impressed

  • Alexandre

    That’s still a good jump from 24/35/28 for the 2.0L (It’s 39/38/38)

    That means a 60% jump for city mileage, that’s a VERY good start!

  • Shines

    So the hybrid has 26% less horsepower and 10 less torque than the base 4 cylinder of the same model? I wonder what kind of performance this will get? Both the Camry and Fusion have more power, torque and better fuel economy than their base counterparts.

  • Laura Martin

    I have been waiting for months for this Acura to arrive and now I read all these negative reviews…
    Maybe I will just have to go with a Prius? How will I find my car in the parking lot!!!

  • Karen Salem

    I can’t do a Toyota after all the bad decisions made by that company re: changing the software on the hybrids to use the gas engine more so they wouldn’t be stuck with battery claims. Not to mention the “our gas pedals don’t stick” issue that killed people. Have to go to another manufacturer – maybe domestic!

  • Van

    I have thought that Acura was a nice looking over priced Honda. Apparently the market agrees because market share vice Toyota seems to be dwindling.

    It appears Ford and Toyota hog the best hybrid design concept, and all these other efforts (Honda, Kia, Nissan) come up short. Why would anyone by a Hybrid from anyone but Ford/Toyota?

  • allison

    UM… first of all, look at it. It is obviouxly a MUCH nicer looking car than any other hybrid that I’ve ever seen. All other things considered, this is an excellent start for those of us that don’t want to drive a hideous looking car. I’m sure that Toyota and Ford had many improvements to get where they are with their hybrids. I say give it a chance. At least they’re trying.

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