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    LA Auto Show Preview: 2016 Acura ILX

      Acura gets ready to unveil the 2016 ILX in Los Angeles next week.

    Acura sent out a teaser shot of the refreshed and soon to be revealed 2016 Acura ILX sedan. Calling the refresh "substantially new", Acura is straddling the gap between "refreshed" and "all-new" with the ILX. While the ILX will remain on the same platform, the powertrain is new, the exterior has been more aggressively styled, and the interior has been upgraded.

    The ILX has never been the sales star Acura hoped for. In spite of tweaking the package multiple times since introduction, sales of the ILX are down over 16% year to date after moving only 20,430 units in 2013, its first full year on the market.

    Since going on the market, the ILX has gained competition from Audi A3, Mercedes CLA, and Chrysler 200, while also facing competition from the likes of the Buick Verano and Volvo S60 already on sale.

    Could a substantial refresh of the current model give the ILX sales boost it needs? Sound off below.

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    Source: Acura


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    ILX, Honda Badge engineering for charging higher profits while delivering less than stellar results. End it will still be a lame duck.

     

    Wasted resources on this whole project.

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    They would do well to give it the 4 cylinder engine/transmission combo from the base TLX with the 8 speed dual clutch that is getting very good reviews.  Interior needs a big workover, and the exterior could use some work too.

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    They would do well to give it the 4 cylinder engine/transmission combo from the base TLX with the 8 speed dual clutch that is getting very good reviews.  Interior needs a big workover, and the exterior could use some work too.

     

    This alone and further refinement to suspension and NVH will do wonders. It's a great looking car, I would say our best looking, from a lines and proportions aspect next to the TLX, but could have always stood to be a bit more premium.

     

    I have fun with my current 2.0L 5-speed car (my 3rd or 4th one now) but the powertrain alone will be a beast in this model, the new 2.4L with 8-speed DCT that is. It's a fun car already, and will improve.

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