Compact sedan now comes exclusively with 2.4L, adds eight-speed DCT.
After Mazda hogged the mid-cycle refresh limelight yesterday, it’s time for Acura to unveil its latest facelift with the reveal of the 2016 ILX at the LA Auto Show. In reshuffling the sedan’s lineup, Acura has already discontinued the ILX Hybrid and has now ditched the base 2.0-liter four-banger and five-speed auto for 2016, leaving the 2.4-liter four-pot from the TLX as the lone powerplant. It produces 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque and comes mated exclusively to an eight speed dual-clutch gearbox. The six-speed manual is no more.
Exterior styling tweaks include the addition of the carmaker’s signature JewelEye headlights, there’s a smart new front grille, while at the back the taillights have been revised and the bumper restyled. A new A-Spec package adds 18-inch alloys, sportier side skirts, a trunk-mounted spoiler, perforated Lux Suede seats and alloy pedals. The 2016 Acura ILX also receives additional sound deadening material, silver trim, contrast stitching, and a new navigation system.