Is Acura finally joining Chevy and Mopar on the dealership customization market?

After six years on the market, theAcura ILX was updated for the second time for the 2019 model year. Heavily revised on the outside and equipped with new tech, the ILX now feels like a redesigned car. At the 2018 SEMA Show, the ILX stepped into the spotlight with a new range of accessories.

The 2019 Acura ILX was Showcased at SEMA with Some Awesome New Accessories Exterior
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Already looking more appealing thanks to Acura’s new Diamond Pentagon grille, the ILX has a slightly sportier appearance when fitted with the A-Spec package.

In addition to the larger, 18-inch wheels, the trunk spoiler, the sportier side sills, and blackened trim, you can now order black rims, satin silver mirror covers, and a rear underbody spoiler.

Sure, it’s not much compared to what kind of accessories you can get from Chevrolet or Mopar, but it’s a good start if you want an ILX that stands out of the pack. It’s probably what this customized sedan is here for, to mark Acura’s entry into GM and FCA’s territory.

The 2019 Acura ILX was Showcased at SEMA with Some Awesome New Accessories Exterior
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As you may already know, both the Chevy and Mopar brought several concept cars to SEMA, most of them just production cars fitted with existing accessories or concept parts that are scheduled to become available at a later date. Acura definitely needs a few more accessories and even some performance upgrades across the lineup, but this ILX is a good way to signal the company’s arrival into this small niche.

This is the news to remember on top of seeing a slightly customized ILX next to all those fancy or even radical concepts at this year’s SEMA Show.

2019 Acura ILX specifications

Engine Type Aluminum-alloy 4-Cylinder
Displacement (liters) 2.4
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 201 @ 6800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net) 180 @ 3600
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (City/Highway/Combined) 24/34/28
Length (in) 182.2
Width (in) 70.6
Height (in) 55.6
Wheelbase (in) 105.1
Headroom (in, front/rear) 38.0 / 35.9
Legroom (in, front/rear) 42.3 / 34.0
Shoulder Room (in, front/rear) 55.6 / 53.6
Hiproom (in, front/rear) 50.3 / 51.7
EPA Passenger Volume (cu ft) 89.3
EPA Cargo Volume (cu ft) 12.4

Further reading

2016 - 2017 Acura ILX
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Read our full review on the 2019 Acura ILX.

2017 Acura Precision Concept High Resolution Exterior AutoShow
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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura Precision Concept.

Ciprian Florea
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