Rumor Mill: Acura Contemplates Getting Rid of "Underpowered" 2.0 ILX

December 10, 2012
2013 Acura ILX Front Left View
Though sales for the new 2013 Acura ILX have been anything but stellar, reports suggest the Japanese automaker is plotting a major powertrain change that may help turn things around for the premium compact sedan.
Acura plans on dropping the 2.0-liter I-4 from the lineup, as John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president said it's "underpowered, and consumers don't see the value," to Automotive News. This could mean the racier 201-hp 2.4-liter will replace the less-inspiring mill to further set the ILX apart from the 140-hp Civic. 
Currently, the more potent 2.4-liter unit is exclusively paired with a six-speed manual transmission, but Mendel also hints that a 2.4 automatic is in the works. Making such changes could help catapult ILX sales, which aren't close to hitting the initial target of 30,000 units a year. "We're hitting two-thirds of our expectations, but we're growing every month and catching on more," Mendel told Automotive News.
Acura spokesman Chuck Schifsky tells us a different story, however. "The ILX is slowly getting up to where we want it to be, and it's taking quite a while to get the awareness built up, but the 2.0-liter isn't going anywhere." As for a 2.4 automatic, Schifsky says there's no plan for that, either.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription required).


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2013 Acura ILX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4
starting at (MSRP)
2.0L I4
Fuel Economy
24 City 35 Hwy
2013 Acura ILX