More room, more power, more fuel efficiency and more advanced all-wheel drive are the four unique selling propositions for the 2013 Acura RDX. As with the 2013 ILX, the productionized version of Acura's people-hauler is very, very similar to the RDX Concept from Detroit with a new set of wheels and a new paint job.

The 3.5-liter V6 throws 33 more horsepower into the mix versus the previous generation's turbocharged four, and a brand new six-speed automatic transmission helps return an estimated 20 city/28 highway mile-per-gallon rating for the front-wheel-drive model. The AWD version only takes a slight knock from there, getting 19 city/27 highway.

The longer wheelbase and wider track equate to more room inside, and additional levels of luxury have been added features like Keyless Access, Pandora and an available power rear liftgate. There's plenty more information on it in the press release after the jump, and we'll have live shots from the Chicago Auto Show soon.
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Acura Debuts 2013 RDX and All-New ILX Sedan at Chicago Auto Show

Sporty styling, new technology and efficient powertrains are highlights


CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012 – Following up on its blockbuster appearance at this year's Detroit auto show, Acura today unveiled production versions of two new vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show. A completely redesigned 2013 Acura RDX crossover sport utility vehicle and the all-new 2013 Acura ILX luxury compact sedan were shown. Both new Acura models are scheduled for launch in the Spring.

"We are excited to be launching these two new luxury models as the gateway of Acura's revitalized product lineup," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura. "As we embark on our second 25 years as a premium luxury-performance automobile brand, we are excited about the role these two vehicles will play in welcoming a new generation of luxury car buyers to the Acura brand."

2013 Acura ILX
The 2013 Acura ILX compact sedan is an all-new model that is positioned as the gateway into the Acura brand. The primary target customers for the new ILX are Generation Y- successful 20 and 30-somethings moving into the luxury car ranks but looking for high-value propositions in their purchases.

"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."

Sleek and sporty, the ILX combines luxury, performance and efficiency. While maintaining a strong emphasis on stylish and aerodynamically efficient exterior design, the ILX features a large and airy greenhouse that provides excellent outward visibility. As a five-passenger luxury sedan, the ILX combines compact proportions with a spacious passenger interior and ample cargo space- perfect attributes for young professionals on the go.

The ILX will feature three advanced, sporty and efficient powertrain choices, including Acura's first-ever gas-electric hybrid. The entry-level ILX will be powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. Paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, the ILX 2.0L will deliver an EPA estimated* city/highway fuel economy of 24/32 mpg.

For those who seek a more dynamic driving experience, the ILX can be equipped with a 2.4-liter engine with an output of 201 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft torque at 4,300 rpm. Mated to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the ILX 2.4L will deliver an EPA estimated* city/highway fuel economy of 20/29 mpg.

Marking the debut of Acura's first ever hybrid model, the ILX Hybrid makes use of a 1.5-liter inline engine and an Integrated Motor Assist® electric motor. Paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the ILX 1.5L Hybrid will deliver an EPA estimated* city/highway fuel economy rating of 35/38 mpg.

The hybrid drivetrain uses the gasoline engine as the primary power source, while an electric motor provides additional power when needed. A lithium-ion battery pack is used to capture and store electricity for the 20 horsepower electric motor. Together, the gasoline engine and electric motor produce 111 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque between 1,000-3,000 rpm. During braking, the gasoline engine deactivates and the electric motor acts as a generator to recharge the battery pack. At a stop, the 1.5-liter engine can enter idle-stop mode to save fuel and reduce emissions. The engine remains off until the brake pedal is released.

The ILX chassis utilizes advanced MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems, along with new Amplitude Reactive Dampers. The dampers operate in two distinct performance parameters to simultaneously provide superior ride comfort and precision handling. In addition, Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering is used for excellent steering feel and improved fuel efficiency. The result is a chassis with a high level of refinement, confident handling and a nimble and sporty driving experience.

The ILX will feature a high-quality, well-appointed interior that is smart, spacious and sporty. It will offer a number of new, high-value features including a standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, along with Pandora® internet radio interface and SMS text message function for smart connectivity with the world.

As with all Acura models, the ILX will have a long list of standard features, multiple trim levels (a Premium Package and Technology Package), and excellent standard safety features- including Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, front, side and side-curtain airbags, 4-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®). Although yet to be tested, Acura anticipates that the ILX will achieve top crash safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS.

The available Premium Package features leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, an upgraded 360 watt stereo system, a rear view camera and an Active Sound Cancellation system to make for a quieter cabin.

Building on the Premium Package, the available Technology Package adds Acura's award winning ELS Surround® audio system and a full complement of relevant technologies, including AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps. The navigation system makes use of a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity- including 15 gigabytes that can be specifically allocated for music storage. With the available Premium or Technology Package, a new multi-view rear camera is used.

The Acura ILX will be manufactured (using U.S. and globally sourced parts), exclusively at the company's state-of-the-art Greensburg, Indiana plant, one of only three plants worldwide to receive J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Platinum Award for outstanding product quality, and the top award for any factory in North America.

2013 Acura RDX
The 2013 Acura RDX, the second generation of Acura's five-passenger crossover SUV, will up the ante with a new approach to achieving both advanced performance and fuel efficiency via a new engine, transmission and all-wheel-drive system.

The 2013 RDX rides on a 4-wheel independent suspension with a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension design. A longer wheelbase, wider track and lower center of gravity provide the foundation for the new RDX's improved handling and ride quality. New chassis technology for 2013 includes Acura-exclusive Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system that replaces the previous hydraulic steering. The 2013 RDX will be available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants.

Standard features for 2013 RDX include bold new 5-spoke 18-inch wheels and improved 4-wheel disc brakes that include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Not only do the brakes provide better performance, but they also incorporate improvements to lessen brake drag for reduced rolling resistance and improved fuel economy.

Replacing the turbocharged 2.3-liter inline 4-cylinder used with the previous RDX, the 2013 RDX will now have as standard equipment a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower- 33 more than the outgoing model. For even higher performance and improved fuel economy, the RDX makes use of an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter. The RDX also gets a new, lighter weight all-wheel-drive system that provides outstanding performance and safety with increased efficiency to achieve higher fuel economy.
With an EPA estimated* city/highway fuel economy rating of 20/28 mpg, front-wheel-drive versions of the 2013 RDX are expected to offer the best fuel economy of any gasoline-powered V-6 luxury SUV in the class. All-wheel-drive models will deliver an EPA estimated* city/highway fuel economy of 19/27 mpg.

The RDX boasts a sleek and more aerodynamic body, evolving RDX from a sporty, compact SUV to a more formal SUV appearance with a longer, sculpted hood and styling that is more elegant and sophisticated to match the Acura philosophy of timeless, beautiful design.

Inside the 2013 RDX, new sweeping shapes, matte surface trim, and generous use of leather combine to give the RDX interior an upscale look and luxury feel that Acura customers have come to expect. Abundant use of sound deadening materials and Active Sound Control team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin. Additional interior features, such as larger door openings, more passenger room, increased cargo volume and an available power rear tailgate make the RDX interior even more accommodating and flexible.

The 2013 RDX will receive a host of new technologies including Pandora® internet radio interface, SMS text message feature, a Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, and a three view rear camera. An available Technology Package will provide a full complement of relevant technologies, including an Acura ELS Surround® audio system, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps. New for 2013, an even more advanced navigation system utilizes a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity- including 15 gigabytes that can be allocated for music storage.

Passenger safety has always been a cornerstone of every Acura model. In addition to using Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2013 RDX employs new design features and myriad high strength materials aimed specifically at occupant protection. Although yet to be tested, Acura anticipates that the RDX will achieve top crash safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS.

The 2013 RDX will be produced (using U.S. and globally sourced parts) exclusively by the company's East Liberty, Ohio plant- home to one of four of the top five-rated assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The first generation RDX is produced at the Marysville, Ohio auto plant.

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The 2012 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan and Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX crossover SUV, the MDX luxury SUV and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.

For consumer information, please visit www.acura.com.

*Preliminary EPA mileage estimate determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only.


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      zoref
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty bland, but it is the crossover market. Pretty good mileage for a v6 suv.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      This mini-MDX styling isn't going to cut it. The current 2nd gen MDX has been on the market since 2007, so this thing already looks stale. Great, it has more horsepower but it lost the incredible SH-AWD system. It wasn't a slouch to begin with, but they added more horsepower to what was already the fastest CUV on the market. I don't get it, Acura, I don't get it.
        Joe K.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Fastest CUV on the planet? I am going to have to at least mention the X3, 3.6 SRX and even the KIa Sportage turbo. Heck, the RAV4 would leave it for dead. I want Acura to be so much more but this RDX has been nothing but middle of the road right from the beginning. This new style is so very poor. What the heck is going on at Acura?
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe K.
          The Rav4 is only faster in a straight line. A light curve and the 1gen RDX smokes it with the SHAWD.
          J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe K.
          Night flight I was replying to you talking out of your a@s...fastest on the planet and even you immediately acquiesce to the X3 turbo. So, is it even close to being the fastest? I'd say from a 0-60 perspective...it's pretty mediocre.
          Greg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe K.
          I'm sure that the Infiniti EX37 is a bit faster than all of those little CUVs.
          J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe K.
          RDX Motor Trend = 6.5 and also 7.0 premium gas SRX 3.6 AOL Autos = 6.7 regular gas SRX 3.6 Auto Blog = 6.2 Kia Sportage Turbo = 6.1 to 6.8 just google it regular gas X3 w Turbo = 5seconds all day, premium gas Nightflight.. " not even close"? You're high and have no credibility. Just look at the power ratings. Even if it is close to 60 mph, the other will eventually walk away.
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        The turbo engine was costly and a gas pig. Other than that, I don't get it either.
      jpcar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda is really going down the drain in terms of design. As late as the mid-2000s, Honda was still coming up with great things both here and abroad. The last gen Elysion. The last gen StepWgn. The 03 JDM Odyssey. The S2000. The last gen Accord. The last gen Civic. Even with Acura, you had the CL and both the last gen TSX and the TL, which to this day look modern and fresh (particularly the Type-S model of the TL in black or white). And even then their powertrains were competitive. Then what happened? We're now stuck with powertrains WORSE than what was offered before with only a marginal increase in fuel economy, with designs frumpier and more cluttered than their predecessors. Fine, the rising yen is surely a factor in terms of what they can spend on R&D and they surely cut costs to maintain their profit margins. But that's NO excuse for coming out with half-a**ed products like this and the new RDX, particularly for luxury goods where people are willing to pay more for quality and style (see: Apple). I would much rather pay $40k for a great RDX than pay $32k for the semi-lux blob in the post below this that compromises luxury in the name of making a value proposition. Certainly, the same applies here. The Audi A3 will not give you the best money for value, but I've seen tons of them running around. Value is not the point of a luxury car, which is the only reason I see someone taking this over something else. "Why buy a Camry when I can get an Acura?" (read: Civic in frills) And when you're attracting that kind of a crowd, it only serves to harm your brand equity, the types of customers that you're bringing in and ultimately reflects negatively on your spreadsheet in Honda's marketing of a product that seeks a compromise but that nobody really wants. And with the yen as strong as it is, Acura can't afford to compete alongside Hyundai ala Genesis or the upcoming Azera. Acura needs to offer something more than semi-lux for the price of a full spec mainstream model. That "something" needs to be quality and luxury. And that's something so sorely lacking in both Honda and Acura lineups, domestic and abroad, over the last 4 years or so.
      pickles
      • 2 Years Ago
      As if we all don't have enough to say about this brand... If you can't figure out how to design a front bumper (let's not even talk about the grille) without slathering it with fake cheese-grater mesh, step aside and let HR hire someone else. Fast. What a lot of ersatz, functionless gobbledegook. Plastic 'mesh' inserts are the new fake wood siding.
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pickles
        I was trying to come up with words to describe it...but you did it much better than I could have. That mesh crap looks SO cheesy...
      James90
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to the EPA, your 05 Escape gets 17 city/19 highway...so not sure how 20 city/29 highway is worse lol, plus it does say it has the best fuel economy in it's class.
      iSmurf
      • 2 Years Ago
      People can complain all they want, but I think Acura made all the right moves here. If pricing is similar, this SUV should sell well. It's going to steal some sales from the Lexus RX.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @iSmurf
        Nothing is going to stop the dominance of the Lexus RX. Acura and Infiniti wish that they had the 6 figure sales of the RX with their MDX and FX. Lexus doesn't have a direct competitor to the Acura RDX. I'd say that the Acura RDX more directly competes with the Infiniti EX35.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Again, mileage is not competitive enough...where is the four cylinder option with nearly 30mpg? The styling is boring too, they could have done so much better...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        [blocked]
          CarCrazy24
          • 2 Years Ago
          How am I trolling? I just posted MY opinion...small SUVs are starting to push the 30mpg envelope and this isn't there...Acura had a chance to really capture some attention in an increasingly competitive segment, and they fell on their face with this sour redesign.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 2 Years Ago
      huge improvement. the proportions are better, the front end is toned down, interior looks great. this will sell.
      Dennis Lau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please take it back to design studio and redo the design both inside out. Wake up Honda-Acura!! Are you still living in mid-90s? Do you know what we need? We need some thing like Range Rover Evoque-like design. So disappointed with your so-called new design. It totally looks alike previous models. The Honda family look really pisses me off.
      XDTW
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura- The Official Angry Birds Luxury Brand!
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      this look is not offensive. but can't tell if it's luxury. Even a Kia Sorrento looks more upscale than this.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        [blocked]
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do American buyers really like these things? Bulbous, tall, sort-of station wagons - sort-of SUVs?
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        Pseudo-SUV crossovers are one of the biggest selling segments in North America unfortunately. At least there are a lot less truck based SUVs on the roads these days compared to the SUV boom of the late 1990s. Volvo has decided to stop importing their wagons here in favor of their XC crossovers. It's the reason BMW got so arrogant to sell the 5 Series Gran Turismo exclusively as the wagon choice in the US and not import the much superior (dynamics and styling) 5 Series Touring Wagon. At least Mercedes still sells the E-Class Wagon over here, including the hot rod E63 AMG Wagon!
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