At the North American International Auto Show Acura unveiled three new vehicles, a concept version of the ILX luxury compact sedan, a prototype of the 2013 RDX crossover sport utility vehicle and the NSX concept which is Acura’s next-generation supercar.
According to Jeff Conrad, Vice President and General Manager of Acura “Over the next 24 months the Acura brand will unleash a series of new models that will remake our product line-up and shake up the luxury market… Acura will once again defy conventional wisdom to become one of the top luxury brands by creating luxury vehicles based on our own unique values.”
Acura ILX Concept
The Acura ILX Concept is a precursor to an all-new Acura luxury compact sedan which is scheduled for a spring 2012 launch.
The line-up of ILX models will include an entry-level model powered by a 2.0 litre inline 4-cylinder engine, a high-performance model with a 2.4-litre inline 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and finally a 1.5-litre gas-electric hybrid powertrain which will be Acura’s first ever hybrid.
Like all Acura models the ILX will have a long list of standard features, different trim levels, a technology package, multiple transmission choices and excellent standard safety features.
The 2013 Acura RDX was shown as a prototype and is the second generation of Acura’s five-passenger crossover SUV. It will feature a new engine, transmission and all-wheel drive system which will provide both advanced performance and fuel efficiency.
Scheduled to launch in spring of 2012 the 2013 Acura RDX will have a 3.5-litre 273 horsepower V6 engine. The 2013 RDX also makes use of a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter. It also features a new, lighter all-wheel-drive system providing the required safety and performance with increased efficiency.
The exterior incorporates a sleeker, more aerodynamic body, a longer wheelbase and wider track, all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system.
The interior has the upscale look and luxury feel expected by Acura customers and features sweeping new shapes, matte surface trim and generous use of leather.
Acura NSX Concept
The NSX Concept features several new technologies for Acura including Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system which can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering.
“The Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system will make NSX the ultimate expression of Acura’s idea to create synergy between man and machine,” said president and CEO of Honda Takanobu Ito, “The NSX will make the driver one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.”
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