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.