2012 Detroit: Acura ILX Concept shows future Civic-based sedan

At the 2012 Detroit Auto Show earlier today, Acura unveiled the new ILX COncept, a study that seems to be a bit closer on the horizon (spring 2012) than the NSX (somewhere in the next three years).

So far, three four bangers have been discussed for the ILX: a two-liter, a 2.4 liter and a 1.5 liter hybrid, which by the way is a first for Acura, and for this class. Aesthetically, the ILX looks little more than a grown up Accord, but one experiment (the hybrid powertrain) is probably enough for a new car.

“First time luxury buyers place the highest value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues and that’s a virtual definition of what we have created with the new Acura ILX,” said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. “The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market.”

The production version of the Acura ILX will be built at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, in its Greensburg, Ind. plant.

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– By: Sawyer Sutton