Who knew the Acura ILX could look this sexy?

In a surprise move that caught a lot of people by surprise, Acura has launched the 2019 ILX with a fresh new look and a suite of safety and tech features. The refreshed sedan looks completely different from its predecessor, a result of a new design inspired by the Acura Precision Concept. In addition to its sportier and more aggressive looks, the ILX also benefits from a handful of new safety features that come standard across the entire range. Tech updates are also on the menu, including a revised dual-screen infotainment system that Acura claims is more responsive than the previous version.

As far as surprise reveals go, this one is right up there. The current Acura ILX is a good-looking car in its own right. But the new refreshed 2019 ILX is on another level. There’s a lot to unpack with the new ILX’s design. The front section, for example, benefits from a couple of big design changes, one of which is Acura’s new Diamond Pentagon front grille, or as I’d like to call it, the Superman crest. It’s a huge improvement from the previous front grille design that ended up becoming completely overused.

This new grille, though, oozes Man of Steel-like confidence. Flanking the grille are Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlamps, which, admittedly, the current ILX already has.

But the new ILX comes with a more sculpted design, highlighted by the curves on the LED lights. It’s incredible that such a small detail can have a big effect on a car’s design if it’s styled properly. Throw in the sharper intakes and the contoured front bumper, and you get a front section that will do nothing but turn a lot of heads.

The side and rear sections of the new ILX are less mesmerizing, but they’ll still catch your attention, especially the diffuser at the back. When was the last time you saw an Acura that isn’t the NSX with a diffuser displayed so prominently like that? While we’re at it, raise your glasses for Acura’s new wheel designs, one of which — a 17-inch, split-5 spoke wheel design — you can see in the new ILX.

The 2019 Acura ILX has Been Modernized; Now Includes Fresh Styling and Better Safety Equipment Interior
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The dramatic improvement to the sedan’s design isn’t the only item to rave about, either.

Perhaps even more important are the safety and tech items that are now standard on the new ILX.

At the heart of all of it is AcuraWatch, a system that includes safety and driver-assistive technologies like Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation, and Lane Departure Warning. Seriously, all of that comes standard on the ILX. If AcuraWatch isn’t enough, the ILX is also equipped with more safety features like Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and a blind spot information system. Again, they’re all standard on the 2019 ILX. Oh, the sedan also comes with a refreshed dual-screen On Demand Multi-Use Display interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

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As a luxury sedan, the new Acura ILX should have its share of standard safety and tech features. But even this is killing it. Acura wanted to go big with the refreshed 2019 ILX, and for the most part, it did just that. Don’t be surprised, then, if the new ILX ends up on a lot of people’s Christmas wishlists when it goes on sale in October.

Further reading

2016 - 2017 Acura ILX
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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura ILX.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura Precision Concept.

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ILX completes transformation of new Acura design identity across lineup
All Acura sedans and SUVs now feature AcuraWatch™ active safety and driver-assistive technology standard, a luxury first
Enhanced dual-screen user interface with new graphics, quicker response, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration
ILX earned top Initial Quality Study (IQS) ranking in-segment for 2018
Acura’s gateway sport sedan, the refreshed and significantly upgraded 2019 ILX, debuts today, ahead of its October market launch. Continuing to capture the highest percentage of millennial buyers of any model in-segment, the 2019 ILX delivers a sportier and more sophisticated design, premium cabin materials, tech-savvy features and distinctive A-Spec sport appearance variant. With the application of Acura’s signature Diamond Pentagon Grille to the 2019 ILX, the transformation of the brand’s design language, inspired by the Acura Precision Concept, now stretches across its line-up.

Additional upgrades for 2019 include standard AcuraWatch™ active safety and driver-assistive technology and more luxurious and sporty cabin appointments, as well as an available quicker, more responsive dual-screen user interface with updated graphics, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. All ILX models are powered by a naturally aspirated 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine mated to a quick-shifting 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Acura ILX serves a unique and important role as the gateway vehicle to the Acura brand, bringing in the most first-time Acura customers and youngest buyers. ILX also remains a top choice in the entry luxury segment, gaining more than four points of retail market share in the first half of the year and capturing the highest percentage of millennials of any model in segment, something it has done in every year since 2013. ILX recently topped industry quality rankings in its segment, receiving a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and a quality award in the Small Premium Car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). Acura ILX also captured the top spot in the entry-luxury car category in Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Luxury Brand Awards – with Acura the #1 ranked brand for the third year in a row.

Sporty, Sophisticated Refresh
For 2019, ILX gets a styling refresh to deliver a more sporty and premium vibe. ILX is all-new from the A-pillars forward – inspired by the Acura Precision Concept. The new face of ILX emanates from Acura’s signature Diamond Pentagon Grille, framed by 7-element Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and a more sharply sculpted hood. The Precision Concept styling theme continues at the rear with an all-new decklid, fascia, LED taillights and lower diffuser with exposed exhaust outlet. 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 power adjustable lumbar for the driver’s seat. Additional interior enhancements include a silver-finished dash trim with a chrome insert and a machine-finished push-button start.

The 2019 ILX’s exterior color palette expands with five new colors – Platinum White Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl1, Performance Red Pearl1, Canyon Bronze Metallic1 and A-Spec-exclusive Apex Blue Pearl1 – in addition to the current offerings of Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic. The interior colors available include a new-for-2019 Espresso, along with Graystone and Ebony. Exclusive A-Spec interior colors are Ebony and Red, both with Ultrasuede™ inserts.

ILX A-Spec
The new ILX A-Spec, available with Premium and Technology Packages, joins the TLX sedan and the RDX and MDX sport-utes 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, 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 graphite-silver 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.

Technology Enhancements
For 2019, every ILX 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). This makes Acura the only luxury brand to provide these features as standard equipment across all its sedans and SUVs.

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.

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™ compatibility. New software improves system response time, offering more intuitive menus and command structures 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.

The 2019 Acura ILX will begin arriving at Acura dealers nationwide in October of this year.

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