Acura ILX and RDX to Add Spice to Chicago Auto Show

The upcoming Chicago Auto Show will be premiering the 2013 Acura ILX and RDX, which have undergone a subtle change from their concept models unveiled in the last Detroit Auto Show.

The Acura luxury division came to Detroit with two the RDX crossover and ILX sedan in near production form, but calling them ‘prototype’ and ‘concept’.

Now, the wheels will be swapped for production ones and the bumpers will get the necessary trim, as Acura has announced full production versions will debut at the Chicago Auto Show, which starts early next month.

The 2013 ILX is a sedan with luxury ambitions that’s based on the Honda Civic. Aimed at the young generation buyers, this vehicle is priced from under $30,000. Standard features will include keyless entry, Pandora Internet radio and push-button start.

The engine lineup will consist of a 2.4 litre inline 4-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, and a 1.5 litre gasoline-electric hybrid power-train, with the last being Acura’s first hybrid.

The 2013 RDX will have as standard equipment a 3.5 liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower that is 33hp more than the outgoing model. For even higher performance and improved fuel economy, the RDX makes use of a 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter.

The RDX also gets a new, lighter all-wheel-drive system that provides the required performance and safety with increased efficiency.

With anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, front wheel drive models of the 2013 RDX are expected to offer the best fuel economy of any gasoline-powered luxury SUV in its class.