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Acura gets its first hybrid

Acura first gave us a glimpse of its entry-level luxury ILX Hybrid sedan at the Detroit Auto Show in concept form. Now that the Chicago Auto Show is upon us, the vehicle is being showed in its final production trim. Keeping with Honda/Acura tradition, not much has changed visually for the concept-to-production transition.
 
The ILX Hybrid is based on the Civic platform and is destined to replace the existing TSX in Acura's lineup. When it comes to the powertrain, you won't be winning any stoplight battles with the ILX Hybrid. The vehicle comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 20hp electric motor and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Total system power is pegged at a meager 111hp @ 5,000rpm and 125 lb-ft between 1,000rpm and 3,000rpm, so tread lightly.
 
Luckily, those who require more gusto can choose from traditional 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter gasoline engines.
 
 
Fuel economy is rated at 35mpg in the city and 38mpg on the highway for the ILX Hybrid. However, these numbers are well below what's possible with its sister-ship, the Civic Hybrid, which is rated at 44/44.
 
"First-time luxury buyers tend to place a high value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues, and that's 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 Acura ILX Hybrid will launch later this year; pricing has not yet been announced.
 


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Pathetic..
By DukeN on 2/8/2012 9:39:40 AM , Rating: 1
Honda stays true to form and puts out a terrible hybrid. This'll probably get EOL'd real soon like the shitty Accord hybrid.

FWIW, the Camry Hybrid is bigger, has more HP and better fuel economy for less.




RE: Pathetic..
By apinkel on 2/8/2012 10:05:38 AM , Rating: 2
You know, the accord hybrid is probably the only hybrid I'd buy. It was a performance hybrid... meant to have better performance than the V6 accord but with mpg equal too or better than the I4.

Unfortunately, it didn't sell. Folks who buy hybrids appear to have a singular focus on MPG and are willing to give up performance and driving experience to achieve that.

As for this Acura... yeah, I don't see the appeal.


RE: Pathetic..
By Sivar on 2/8/2012 10:33:04 AM , Rating: 2
2006 even saw an Accord V6 hybrid. It took the already reasonable Accord V6 (a real V6, not "V6 equivalent with electric assist" and added electric, which has the benefit of returning 100% available torque at any RPM. It only lasted a year, but they are still on eBay Motors frequently.


RE: Pathetic..
By steven975 on 2/8/2012 10:38:21 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, the Accord Hybrid was the fastest Accord at the time.

It's much the same way as the Lexus Hybrids (at least most of them). I recall the GS350h being faster than the GS450 and the GS350.


RE: Pathetic..
By DukeN on 2/8/2012 2:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
Well WTF do you expect?

The hybrid market has been maligned by geriatric 'muscle car' aficionados, etc which only means most people will NEVER look at a hybrid for performance.

Besides, how much power do you really need when in major cities you are constantly driving below the speed limits due to traffic.


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