2019 Acura ILX debuts with brand's new design language, safety tech

Acura’s ILX enters the 2019 model year with a fresh set of clothes, representing the second time the compact luxury sport sedan has been updated since its 2013 debut.

The latest tweaks inject the ILX with some much-needed aggression and adds the corporate “diamond pentagon” grille that we first saw on the Acura Precision concept unveiled in 2016 and already featured on most of the brand’s lineup.

There’s also the availability of an A-Spec appearance package that gives the ILX its sportiest look yet. The exterior of the ILX A-Spec is distinguished by dark chrome accents and 18-inch wheels while inside there’s a graphite-silver dash accent, A-Spec badged steering wheel with contrast stitching, aluminum sport pedals, and the choice of black or red leather.

All 2019 ILX sedans feature an updated interior. There are newly designed seats front and rear, and these are available with contrast piping and stitching. All versions also feature power adjustable lumbar for the driver’s seat, as well as new graphics and response times for the 7.0-inch infotainment system. The system also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.