DE Acura ILX facelift: 2.4L, 8-sp torque converter DCT standard

The underperforming Acura ILX has been given a mid-life nip and tuck, and a new standard drivetrain.

Those expecting a more extensive makeover for the ILX will be slightly disappointed. There’s a new set of headlights, complete with Acura’s now signature bug-eyed LED headlight arrangement on all models, a new grille, reworked bumpers, revised tail-lights and redesigned alloy wheels.

All facelifted MY2016 Acura ILX models are now fitted with a 2.4-litre direct-injection EarthDreams engine as standard. With 201hp (150kW) and 180 lb-ft (244Nm), it’s paired exclusively to a new 8-speed dual clutch transmission, which, it’s claimed, the first feature a torque converter.

Also standard is 17-inch alloy wheels.

While the drivetrain options have been slimmed down (the hybrid, 2-litre engine and 6-speed manual have all bitten the dust), there are now six trim packages to choose from, including a new sporty looking A-Spec model.

The A-spec features 18-inch alloys, chunkier side sills, trunk spoiler, and fog lights.

Available equipment includes electric front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, satellite radio, HD radio, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, reversing camera, and automated emergency braking.

High grade models are also available with a large 8-inch entertainment display and a dynamic 7-inch touchscreen.