Acura’s new design language kicked off with the facelifted MDX. From there, it trickled down to the TLX, RLX and the new RDX. For awhile, that left its smallest sedan, the ILX, out in the cold. Now the company has refreshed the 2019 Acura ILX to match the rest of the lineup. On top of the sharper design from the A-pillars forward, it also gets a new rear fascia and more standard tech.
The 2019 Acura ILX still has the dual-screen infotainment layout, similar to the TLX and RLX. However, the company has fiddled with the software to improve response time by about 30 percent. The On Demand Multi-Use Display also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Most importantly, however, is the inclusion of AcuraWatch. Similar to Honda’s recently updated models, AcuraWatch comes standard on every ILX model. The safety suite features active and passive safety systems. At the forefront of those features are automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist.
No more oomph
One think that hasn’t changed is the powertrain. The 2019 Acura ILX still packs a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder, putting out 201 horsepower. It’s still front-wheel drive, and still uses an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. As with the rest of Acura’s lineup, the A-Spec trim package is now available to make your ILX feel a bit sportier. With the A-Spec model, you get 18-inch alloy wheels, dark chrome exterior trim, and A-Spec badges scattered around the car. While the 2019 Acura ILX A-Spec looks sportier, it does not get any power or suspension upgrades.
Pricing information isn’t available yet, but the 2019 Acura ILX will go on sale in October. Stay tuned to TFLcar for more updates! While we haven’t driven the 2019 ILX A-Spec yet, we have driven its big brother. Check out our review of the 2018 Acura TLX below: