An Inspiring Design Refresh for the 2019 Acura ILX

2019 Acura ILX Review

The debuting 2019 Acura ILX is going to be a model which is making a light refresh after the initial release in 2016. The car will make some minor detail changes and refreshes which will brighten up the model and add certain details. The most important is the exterior look which is being updated immensely but the inside will only get some upgrades to make the model more contemporary and acceptable for the modern audiences. All in all, we think that the newest ILX is going to be very nicely updated for the upcoming season.

Acura introduced the ILX model as its first compact model after the RSX. After that model was discontinued in 2006 there was a gaping hole in the roster which was finally filed with the ILX in 2013. The newest generation model was unveiled in 2016 after it was first showcased at the LA Auto Show. Now the model is getting an update which is merely freshening things up, but it seems that it is going to be much more than that as they have also decided to tamper with the engine as well.

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The design of the 2019 Acura ILX is going to receive some additions and will look much better than before. Some details have been fixed and the vehicle will receive the necessary updates and make the necessary changes. As far as the inside goes, the changes are not going to be as extensive as you would expect them to be. The interior is merely being updated with technology while the design is kept pretty much the same. But the interior does not look disappointing at all and it seems like a normal evolution of the cabin for this brand.

One of the major updates is the change of the engine. They have decided to drop the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and start using a 2.4-liter one. It will expand the power, but we are entirely not sure if it will help the model so much. It seems as if the model is going to lack on maneuverability and there is a good chance that this new addition becomes a disappointing one.

The newest 2019 Acura ILX is going to make its debut within the upcoming year and the price ratings have already been announced for it. With the release date to be determined soon and the newest price list we have made our review and will present to you our take on this matter.

When is the Release Date of the 2019 Acura ILX set for?

The newest 2019 Acura ILX is set to make its first appearance on the market within the upcoming year. The release date has not been officially stated yet but there are some rumors which lean towards the car being released somewhere within the middle of 2018. This is going to be a 2019 model but we are not entirely sure if this is going to make the model available all the way until then. The model is getting an earlier release and it seems that Acura has done this with all of its recent vehicles. The same thing started with the previous model as it has been showcased a lot earlier and its release for sale was made available almost two years afterwards. But this one is certainly not going to disappoint, even with the change for the powertrain this model could still prove us wrong and make the necessary jump that we need.

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Prices and Packages for the 2019 Acura ILX

One of the more important parts of the 2019 Acura ILX is that the model has already announced its pricing. There are a whole lot of newly offered packages, some of them are new but some of them are old and already standard. The thing which comes with them is that it makes the individual offer for all the drivers available but it also raises the price. But people who actually need these packages and who think that they are going to come as useful this is the best opportunity to use them. The price will start for the base model at $27,990 and adding other packages the price goes up. The Plus Package will make the total price $29,290, with the Premium Package it is $29,990, the Premium & A-SPEC Package costs $31,980, the Tech Plus Package is $32,990 while the Tech Plus & A-SPEC Package is priced $34,980.

The Exterior Facelift for the 2019 Acura ILX

Generally speaking, the 2019 Acura ILX is not going to change so much. The overall shape and the size of the car is the same but the changes are the most apparent with the front and rear fascia of the car. The front end gains a completely new and restyled grille but there are also going to be the newly added five-point LED headlamps. The turn signals are also changed and the same thing goes for the apron. You will also notice some new intakes added to the apron and a bit larger center air dam.

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The changes are not going to be so extensive in the back. The LED taillights have a sharper design and there are some more housings added in the lower apron. The air intakes added to the back are the same as the ones that are made in the front. The wheels are restyled and the model is going to carry over the new 17-inch, ten spoke wheels.

Although all of the added packages have their own specific additions, the A-SPEC package is the only one which makes changes for the exterior of the car. The additions made are some sportier side sills, fog lamps, and a trunk-lid spoiler. You will also get some new 18-inch wheels with allow and black inserts.

Slim Changes for the Interior of the 2019 Acura ILX

The inside of the 2019 Acura ILX has not changed so much style wise. The only changes that we got was the added contrast stitching which you can see on the  parking brake handle, steering wheel and shift knob. The dashboard also gets a silver trim but only on the passenger’s side. The added A-SPEC package will add extra new features while the other packages will make things more premium with various luxury additions.

The technical conveniences are available with the added Premium package. You get two-position driver’s seat memory function, Homelink remote, a four-way power passenger seat, and Acura’s On-Demand Multi-Use Display. Also added is an upper 8-inch display screen and an additional lower 7-inch touchscreen. The Premium trim will also add such conveniences as black Lux Suede seat inserts, red instrument panel illumination, gray stitching, and aluminum pedals.

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Even though the 2019 Acura ILX does not really update so much in terms of style, the car will get a very functional and comfortable interior. The previous one was still good enough so that is why they decided to keep most of it. The only downfall is that the majority of new features will only be available though the offered packages while far less are given in the base trim of the car.

Drivetrain Change

Probably the most important change for the 2019 Acura ILX is the inclusion of a new powertrain. The previous 2.0-liter four-banger is not going to be longer in use and it has managed to update the 2.4 liter model it also used as well. The current model is an updated version of the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and it does expand the power of the car to more but some people are still not satisfied with what the model actually is capable of doing now. The total output is now measured to 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This actually gives it an advantage of 51 ponies and 40 pound-feet of torque more compared to the departing 2.0- liter engine, but just 10 additional pound-feet of torque compared to the previous 2.4-liter engine. The expansion is not as much and the model is probably going to continue on with only one powertrain under its belt now. Although there is nothing special to get excited about the new engine, the biggest innovation is the option of a an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission  which will come with a torque converter and shift paddles, which is what the fans have been waiting to finally see here. The improvements are not as big but the transition choice will probably help the model make some strides.

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0-60 mph and Top Speed

The nest shifting ability for the 2019 Acura ILX is going to help the model speed much faster to the 60 mph mark. The model is a lot faster this time when it comes to acceleration but the official ratings have still not been made. But we are completely certain that with the newest setup the model is going to spring to 0-60 mph in about 6.4 seconds as the setup allows it so much. But the top speed may be limited to 138 mph.

What is the Fuel Economy of the 2019 Acura ILX?

The fuel economy of the 2019 Acura ILX is going to be improved a little bit compared to before. But this time it is going to be using only one engine option so it does not leave us with a lot of opportunity to get a better one. There are several trims available but all of them are going to come with the same kind of fuel economy. The estimated values are 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, 29 mpg combined and it is suitable for the segment and the amount of consuming fuel.

No Size Changes

The size of the 2019 Acura ILX is going to be kept the same. The model is going to have the same dimensions as it started with its latest generation version. This keeps it firmly available in the compact segment and makes the car good choice for the people who are looking for a compact model. They decided against making any dimension changes this time and have only made aesthetic updates to the outside. The full length of the car is 179.1 inches, the wheelbase 105.1 inches, height 55.6 inches and width 70.6 inches. The passenger volume on the interior will still be 89 cu ft and the trunk capacity amounts to 12 cu ft.

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Safety and New Equipment

Safety is the one thing which truly improves for the 2019 Acura ILX. This time they have deiced to include a lot of new technological features and some advanced ones to improve the security of the car. Some of them are still going to be only offered though the various packages that the car comes with, but there are some standard ones that you can already rely on. One of the special packages offered now is the AcuraWatch where you will get Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Multi-View Rear Camera, Collision Mitigation Braking System and Road Departure Mitigation. Standard additions which the model will come with are Rear Cross Traffic and Blind Spot Information, which is going to be available for every trim across the lineup of the Acura ILX cars.

List of Rivaling Cars

Making the list of rivaling cars in the compact segment alongside the 2019 Acura ILX are a number of already famous cars. The ILX, once it made its debut in the compact segment for Acura was considered as an important model for the side. It filled the gap in which was left with the previous departing model. Now they are trying to make a splash in the market and are trying their best to get as better as they possibly can be. The likes of Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3 are just the top of the market, but it is where Acura aims to be with its ILX vehicle. Whether they do manage to reach the top or not remains to be seen, but we think that they are going to be happy with merely improving sales with this model.

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