Honda showed concept versions of the Acura ILX and RDX at the Detroit Auto Show last month. Now the luxury brand plans to debut the production version of the 2013 Acura ILX and the completely redesigned 2013 Acura RDX at the Chicago Auto Show this month.
The ILX is an all-new model for the Acura brand, but it’s based on the 2012 Honda Civic sedan. It will come with three power train options:the volume model will be powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder mated to an automatic transmission. Details are unclear if this is the same power train that powered the now-discontinued Acura RSX. The ILX Hybrid will be the first hybrid offered from Acura and will be powered by the same 110+23-hp 1.5-liter gas-electric IMA power train from the Civic Hybrid. The top-of-the-line model will be powered by the Honda Civic Si’s 201-hp/170 lb-ft 2.4-liter and six-speed manual transmission.
The ILX will not share any body panels with the Civic, and the windshield appears to be more aggressively raked. Acura says the interior of the ILX will be well-appointed and offer keyless entry with pushbutton start, as well as Pandora internet radio and a text-to-voice SMS capability standard.
The 2013 Acura RDX gets redesigned one year after the Honda CR-V it’s based on. The turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder has been dropped in favor of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 33 more horsepower, for a total of 273. The five-speed automatic and “Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive” system (SH-AWD) have been replaced with a new six-speed automatic and the “Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control” system that made its debut on the 2012 CR-V. Despite the bigger engine, Acura claims the RDX will boast best in class fuel economy among non-hybrid, gasoline-powered luxury SUVs at 20 mpg city/28 city/highway mpg ratings in its front-wheel-drive form (up from 19/24).
Check back next week for the official reveal and the full info on the 2013 ILX and RDX from the Chicago Auto Show. Pictured below are the ILX Concept and RDX Pre-Production models shown at Detroit.