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Rumor Mill: Acura Contemplates Getting Rid of “Underpowered” 2.0 ILX



Though sales for the new 2013 Acura ILX have been anything but stellar, reports suggest the Japanese automaker is plotting a major powertrain change that may help turn things around for the premium compact sedan.

Acura plans on dropping the 2.0-liter I-4 from the lineup, as John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president said it’s “underpowered, and consumers don’t see the value,” to Automotive News. This could mean the racier 201-hp 2.4-liter will replace the less-inspiring mill to further set the ILX apart from the 140-hp Civic.

Currently, the more potent 2.4-liter unit is exclusively paired with a six-speed manual transmission, but Mendel also hints that a 2.4 automatic is in the works. Making such changes could help catapult ILX sales, which aren’t close to hitting the initial target of 30,000 units a year. “We’re hitting two-thirds of our expectations, but we’re growing every month and catching on more,” Mendel told Automotive News.

Acura spokesman Chuck Schifsky tells us a different story, however. “The ILX is slowly getting up to where we want it to be, and it’s taking quite a while to get the awareness built up, but the 2.0-liter isn’t going anywhere.” As for a 2.4 automatic, Schifsky says there’s no plan for that, either.


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If they dont goto the Earth Dreams motors, I don't anticipate they'll use the K24 for the Auto models.
 

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I kinda think about it and the 2.0 being slashed would appear to yield greated MPG reward to goto the Hybrid.. hrm
 

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............. Or maybe come out with a 2.4L automatic.
Bingo !!! That would be the best choice 200+HP should be minimum in a luxury branded car
 

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Are they going to introduce a base 2.4L? That would piss off some existing 2.4L owners.
Only if they price it at Base price model
 

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I bet if they do it.. it's the K24W going in with a CVT.. price probably stays the same or close to.. BAM ILX sells like hot cakes.
 

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I'm still trying to comprehend the mentality in Torrance to put the Earth Dreams engine in the Accord and not the ILX.
 
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Bingo !!! That would be the best choice 200+HP should be minimum in a luxury branded car
Agreed.

They could easily bring the 2.4 from the new Accord with over 200hp while increasing torque. Transmission-wise though, even though I'm not opposed to CVT's, a 6AT seems like a more appropriate choice as an auto option in this car.

They raise the compression ration to 12:1 or 13:1 and tune the car to run on premium, I wonder if they can hit 230hp on the DI 2.4. Though 210hp is pretty good for a sub-3000 lbs. car though.
 

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I was under the impression that the new ED 2.4 was 180hp/180tq (ish), not over 200hp?
 

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I was under the impression that the new ED 2.4 was 180hp/180tq (ish), not over 200hp?
On the Accord. But they could always crank it up and over 200hp for Acura products. I doubt its a big task for them to get it over that mark if they tune it for premium gas, higher compression ratio, and other things like retune the ECU, etc.
 
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