Acura ILX Hybrid discontinued for 2015Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:30:00 EST
Earlier today, Acura issued a press release detailing its entry-level 2015 ILX range, but something was missing. Honda's luxury arm listed all of the information about the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter ILX models, but nothing was said about the Hybrid – a model that, when we reviewed it in 2013, left us utterly cold. But now we know why: Acura has confirmed to Autoblog that the ILX Hybrid will be discontinued for the 2015 model year.
The company issued the following statement to us regarding the hybrid's demise:
Acura launched the ILX Hybrid in May 2012 as a 2013 model, and through May of this year, just 2,660 examples of the gasoline-electric compact sedan were sold. Moving forward, Acura will offer the ILX with either a 2.0-liter inline-four mated to a five-speed automatic, or a 2.4-liter inline-four with a six-speed manual transmission. Prices for the 2015 ILX start at $27,050, excluding $895 for destination.
The 2015 ILX remains a standout choice in the entry premium segment with its combination of performance, luxury, refinement and value and is the top-selling luxury vehicle to younger buyers. Based on the stronger appeal of the ILX 2.0 and 2.4 models, we are streamlining the ILX lineup to better align with customer demand, Acura will no longer offer the ILX Hybrid starting with the 2015 model year.
Scroll down to read more about the 2015 ILX lineup in Acura's press blast.
2015 ILX Offers Two Powertrain Options plus Premium Features on Acura's Gateway Luxury Sports Sedan
The feature-packed ILX offerings, including an exhilarating 2.4-liter, 6-speed manual pairing and a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter automatic, provide the Acura experience to entry luxury customers
06/17/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.
Going on sale June 18, 2014 the 2015 Acura ILX lineup provides new luxury buyers with numerous ways to join the Acura family with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP1) starting at $27,050. The ILX is available in four grade levels offering different blends of performance and premium features plus Acura refinement and quality in a sleek, sporty and luxurious package.
The ILX is available with two powertrain choices:
ILX 2.0-liter i-VTEC®, five-speed automatic transmission (5AT), 35 MPG rating (highway)2, available in standard trim, Technology Package or Premium Package
ILX 2.4-liter i-VTEC®, six-speed manual transmission (6MT), 31 MPG rating (highway)2, with Premium Package
With multiple new features and upgrades applied last year to the 2014 model, the 2015 ILX continues to offer enhanced styling, comfort, and driving enjoyment along with excellent value on a luxury scale. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, projector beam headlights, leather seating surfaces with heated front seats and 8-way power driver's seat, a Keyless Access System with smart entry and push button start, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The 2.0-liter direct injected engine produces 150 horsepower3 and is paired with a Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission. For a more dynamic driving experience, a 2.4-liter engine that pumps out 201 horsepower4 is mated to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission. The identically outfitted 2014 Acura ILX earned the Intellichoice 2014 "Best Overall Value of the Year" award in the Premium Compact Passenger Car category, with the lowest total ownership cost in its class.
The ILX 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter models with the Premium Package come equipped with a premium sound system including XM® Radio, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, Bluetooth® Audio, Pandora® interface, SMS text messaging feature, speed-sensitive volume control, 7-speakers with subwoofer and 360-watt amplifier. The ILX 2.0-liter model with the Technology Package includes the ELS Surround® audio system with Note function music reminder, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps and HomeLink®.
For the 2015 model year Modern Steel Metallic replaces the Polished Metal Metallic exterior color, all other color options carryover from the 2014 model year. View, build and price a 2015 Acura ILX at acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=ILX.
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2015 ILX 5AT
2015 ILX 5AT w/Premium Package
2015 ILX 5AT w/Technology Package
2015 ILX 6MT w/Premium Package
By Steven J. Ewing
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