Detroit Show 2012 Highlights: Acura ILX Concept

The Acura ILX is a precursor to a production version of the luxury compact saloon, which will also launch in the spring. It has been conceived as conquest vehicle to attract new buyers to the brand.

Engine choices will comprise of 2.0 and 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engines, and a 1.5-litre hybrid, which is the first from the company.

Acura’s head of design, Jon Ikeda, used the ILX and RDX concepts at Detroit to show the firm’s new, more mature styling direction. “We wanted beautiful, not boy racer, styling,” he said. "We want to re-establish Acura's credentials as a maker of beautiful cars".

Takanobu Ito, Honda's President and CEO confirmed Acura will expand into some growth markets, such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Ukraine from the end of 2013. Ito said there are no plans to expand the brand into Europe.

Thanks to: Autocar

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