Acura quietly axes the ILX Hybrid for the 2015 model year

Acura announced some minor product changes for the current entry-level ILX for the 2015 model year. Though the biggest news for this product update was the killing of the ILX Hybrid, which is no longer available for the new year.

Instead, the 2015 Acura ILX continues with its usual choice of two Honda-sourced i-VTEC four-bangers, displacing 2.0L or 2.4L. The 2.0L is mated solely to a five-speed automatic and produces 150hp while the 2.4L is essentially the Honda Civic Si’s powertrain, good for 201hp and mated only to a six-speed manual.

The Acura ILX expectedly comes with a butt-load of options, including Keyless Access System, push-button start, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, and Active Noise Cancellation.

On the flipside, the 2015 Acura ILX is offered in hybrid form for Canada only. So if you are really that adamant about an ILX Hybrid, just hop the border to our north.

Check out the press release after the jump.

2015 ILX Offers Two Powertrain Options plus Premium Features on Acura’s Gateway Luxury Sports Sedan
The feature-packed ILX offerings, including an exhilarating 2.4-liter, 6-speed manual pairing and a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter automatic, provide the Acura experience to entry luxury customers
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06/17/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Going on sale June 18, 2014 the 2015 Acura ILX lineup provides new luxury buyers with numerous ways to join the Acura family with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP1) starting at $27,050. The ILX is available in four grade levels offering different blends of performance and premium features plus Acura refinement and quality in a sleek, sporty and luxurious package.

The ILX is available with two powertrain choices:

  • ILX 2.0-liter i-VTEC®, five-speed automatic transmission (5AT), 35 MPG rating (highway)2, available in standard trim, Technology Package or Premium Package
  • ILX 2.4-liter i-VTEC®, six-speed manual transmission (6MT), 31 MPG rating (highway)2, with Premium Package

With multiple new features and upgrades applied last year to the 2014 model, the 2015 ILX continues to offer enhanced styling, comfort, and driving enjoyment along with excellent value on a luxury scale. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, projector beam headlights, leather seating surfaces with heated front seats and 8-way power driver’s seat, a Keyless Access System with smart entry and push button start, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The 2.0-liter engine produces 150 horsepower3 and is paired with a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission. For a more dynamic driving experience, a 2.4-liter engine that pumps out 201 horsepower4 is mated to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission. The identically outfitted 2014 Acura ILX earned the Intellichoice 2014 “Best Overall Value of the Year” award in the Premium Compact Passenger Car category, with the lowest total ownership cost in its class.

The ILX 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter models with the Premium Package come equipped with a premium sound system including XM® Radio, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, Bluetooth® Audio, Pandora® interface, SMS text messaging feature, speed-sensitive volume control, 7-speakers with subwoofer and 360-watt amplifier. The ILX 2.0-liter model with the Technology Package includes the ELS Surround® audio system with Note function music reminder, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps and HomeLink®.

For the 2015 model year Modern Steel Metallic replaces the Polished Metal Metallic exterior color, all other color options carryover from the 2014 model year. View, build and price a 2015 Acura ILX at acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=ILX.

TRIM MSRP1 EPA MPG RATING2
(city/highway/combined)
 
2015 ILX 5AT $27,050 24/35/28
2015 ILX 5AT w/Premium Package $29,350 24/35/28
2015 ILX 5AT w/Technology Package $31,750 24/35/28
2015 ILX 6MT w/Premium Package $29,350 22/31/25

For More Information
Consumer information is available at www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=ILX. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid are available at hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-ilx.

1MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $895.00. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle and other factors.
3 Based on anticipated 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.
4150 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm (both SAE net).

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