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2019 Acura ILX Arrives with Dynamic New Styling, Major Technology Upgrades and New A-Spec Treatment

Acura Precision Concept-inspired design upgrade completes design transformation of Acura lineup

More Tech: Enhanced dual-screen user interface with new graphics, quicker response, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration

MARKHAM, ONT., Oct. 25, 2018 – The 2019 ILX begins arriving in dealerships November 9 with aggressive new styling that lends Acura’s gateway sedan a notably sportier and more sophisticated look, highlighted by the brand’s signature Diamond Pentagon grille. In addition to all-new front and rear design, the 2019 ILX receives significant technology upgrades and premium cabin appointments, along with an updated A-Spec sport appearance variant, and continues to come standard with AcuraWatch™ technology.

The redesigned 2019 ILX, available with Premium, Premium A-Spec and Tech A-Spec packages, carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP ) starting at $29,990 (excluding $,2075 destination and handling). At the top of the lineup, the 2019 ILX Tech A-Spec now lists for just $35,390.

The 2019 ILX gains more luxurious and sporty cabin appointments while upping the technology – with an available quicker, more responsive dual-screen user interface featuring updated graphics, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. All ILX models are powered by a sporty, naturally aspirated, 201-horsepower (SAE net), 2.4-litre, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC™ engine mated to a quick-shifting 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The 2019 ILX is offered in six exterior colours - Apex Blue Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl and Performance Red Pearl.

Pricing and NRCan Fuel Economy Ratings


Fresh Design
For 2019, ILX is all-new from the A-pillars forward, including a new Acura signature Diamond Pentagon grille, framed by 7-element Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and a more sharply sculpted hood. The new styling carries through to the rear with an all-new decklid, fascia, LED taillights and lower diffuser with exposed exhaust finisher. All-new wheel designs for 2019 include a 17-inch split 5-spoke wheel with trim specific finishes and an A-Spec exclusive 18-inch wheel.

Inside, the 2019 Acura ILX receives more intricately styled and reshaped sport seats, front and rear, with available high-contrast piping and stitching. All ILXs now feature 2-way power adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat. Additional interior enhancements include a silver-finished dash trim with chrome insert and a machine-finished ignition button.

Technology Climbing

The 2019 ILX is equipped with an available refreshed dual-screen On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™ 2.0) interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. New software offers more intuitive menus and command structures and improves system response time, for a seamless and speedy user experience – approximately 30 percent faster. An enhanced 7-inch touchscreen has a capacitive display that is more responsive to touch and is positioned within easy reach of the driver and front passenger.

Every ILX continues to comes standard with the AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technology, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

In addition, ILX continues to be equipped with Acura’s Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and with additional standard safety and driver assistive features, including Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, advanced front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, side curtain airbags, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and pedestrian injury-mitigation design features, along with Acura’s available blind spot information (BSI) system and rear cross traffic monitor.

Updated A-Spec
The new ILX A-Spec, available with Premium and Technology Packages, joins the TLX sedan and the RDX and MDX SUVs in receiving the latest-generation A-Spec treatment, with a more distinctive and easily recognizable performance-inspired character, inside and out.

On the exterior, the new ILX A-Spec is distinguished by dark chrome trim for the front grille and lower fascia, LED fog lights, dark appearance for the headlights and taillights, and a gloss-black decklid spoiler. A-Spec models feature 18-inch wheels with an aggressive new design and Shark Gray finish. Apex Blue Pearl and Performance Red Pearl also found on A-Spec variants of RDX and MDX, is now available on the ILX A-Spec.

Interior enhancements for the ILX A-Spec include a piano black dash accent with chrome insert, A-Spec badged steering wheel with contrast stitching and aluminum sport pedals. The all-new sport seats are finished in A-Spec exclusive Ebony or Red leather with black Ultrasuede® center panels and high contrast stitching.

Summary of What’s New for 2019

• Diamond Pentagon Grille
• 7-element Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights
• New Exterior Colours: Platinum White Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, and A-Spec-exclusive Apex Blue Pearl
• LED taillights
• Lower diffuser with exposed exhaust finisher
• 17-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels with trim-specific finishes
• Intricately styled and reshaped front and rear sport seats (with available high-contrast piping and stitching)
• Available driver 2-way power lumbar control
• Silver-finished dash trim with chrome insert
• Machine-finished engine ignition button
• Available new dual-screen On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™ 2.0) interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration

New for A-Spec:
• All-new 18-inch wheel
• All-new sport seats with Ebony or Red leather with black Ultrasuede™ center panels and high-contrast stitching
• Upgraded front grille and lower fascia with dark chrome
• LED fog lights
• New headlights and taillights with darkened appearance
• Gloss-black decklid spoiler (previously body colour)
• Piano black dash accent with chrome insert
• A-Spec-badged steering wheel with contrast stitching

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About Acura Canada
Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. and is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the Acura MDX seven-passenger luxury SUV. Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance. Acura celebrated its 30th anniversary in Canada in February 2017 and has grown to include 51 locations in its dealer network across the country.