Acura’s ILX is 2/3rds of the way to hitting its 30,000 unit annual sales target, and the brand is hoping that the discontinuation of the base car’s 2.0L engine will help kickstart sales.
John Mendel, Executive Vice-President of American Honda, admitted that the 2.0L was “underpowered” and that the ILX “is not hitting sales expectations”.
Automotive News reports that the ILX is lagging behind competitors like the Buick Verano, Volkswagen CC and Audi A4 – not to mention the larger Acura TSX, which the ILX is supposed to replace. Acura will re-jig the lineup, adding an automatic transmission to the 2.4L model at an undisclosed date, while axing the 2.0L motor. Which begs the question…why not just keep the TSX around to begin with?