The 2016 Acura ILX has been given a 5-star safety rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The ILX joins Acura’s other two sedans, the flagship RLX and the performance-oriented TLX, in earning a 5-Star NCAP rating.
Acura claims that it has established itself as a safety performance leader owing to the availability of ‘AcuraWatch’ technologies on all its models. It includes features like Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, a rear-view camera with Dynamic Guidelines, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System. These features improve the driver’s “situational awareness” and thus help avoid accidents and collisions.
In addition to that, the 2016 Acura ILX also features autonomous emergency braking technology. The car is incorporated with the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. The ACE platform uses a string of connected structural elements to evenly distribute the crash energy throughout the front end of the vehicle. This gives more protection to the passengers, especially in front collisions.
“As the gateway to the Acura sedan lineup, it is important the 2016 Acura ILX offer advanced safety technologies along with outstanding performance and luxury refinement,” said Michael Accavitti, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Acura Division.
He further added: “Acura has always been an industry leader in safety performance and we are proud the entire Acura sedan model line received the top safety ratings from NHTSA.”
Under the hood, there’s a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 201 hp and 245 Nm (180 lb. ft) of torque. The power is transmitted to the front wheels of the car via an 8-speed dual clutch transmission. The 2016 ILX is priced from US$27,900 and is built at Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant in the State of Ohio, USA.
Launched for the 2016 model year with both performance and cosmetic upgrades, the ILX is part of the” industry’s fastest-growing sedan lineup”, with Acura sedans boasting an incredible 28 percent year-over-year sales growth through June 2015.