We just spied the newest Acura: An upscale sedan riding on the Civic platform and due to arrive for the 2013 Acura TSX model year. Sources are speculating that the TSX will be discontinued after the 2013 Acura TSX model year and the slot in the lineup will be replaced with the familiar RSX name.
The 2013 Acura TSX, as shown here in pre-production prototype form, will arrive in the first half of 2013, with a 2013 Acura TSX coupe and possible convertible to follow a year later. Although riding on the Civic platform, this 2013 Acura TSX is no rebadged Honda. The 2013 Acura TSX will be larger than its Civic cousin and, therefore, have unique styling and sheetmetal.
The ILX is an evolution of the 2013 Acura TSX and infuses some much needed character, as can be seen, the ILX shares no exterior sheetmetal with its Civic sibling. Instead, it blends the 2013 Acura TSX-like nose with a taut body that’s both chiseled yet smoothed at the same time.
Although labeled a concept here at the Detroit show, it’s mostly production correct and is expected to be on sale this summer as the successor of the 2013 Acura TSX redesign model. Don’t ask why Acura feels a need to change the name of this new generation 2013 Acura TSX to ILX; one three letter sequence is just as good as another in this case.
The 2013 Acura TSX itself promises to be more than just a name change. While the 2013 Acura TSX was based on the Honda Accord, the ILX will be built from Honda’s Civic platform The 2013 Acura TSX is an attractive package, and the idea behind it – a car whose design is driven and controlled by the North American market it’s being sold in – isn’t a bad one.
Nor is the idea of offering a premium small car under $30,000, considering Acura’s current entry-level offering, the 2012 Acura TSX sedan, is priced from $31,000, just out of reach of the millennial generation Acura longs to attract but something – perhaps elsewhere in Acura’s lineup – has to give.
The ILX effectively undercuts the 2013 Acura TSX, and officials concede it may eat into the TSX’s volumes. Meanwhile, after a growth spurt designed to appease the European market, the 2013 Acura TSX is large enough to begin encroaching upon the TL.
Competitors 2013 Acura TSX
Although the successor of the 2013 Acura TSX is based on the current-gen Honda Civic, the automaker went to great lengths to ensure the two wouldn’t be Doppelgangers and from what we can see, Acura succeeded. While the Civics’ sheetmetal is staid, the 2013 Acura TSX is interesting and bold, befitting the compact luxury segment in which it will compete.
And whether you hate the 2013 Acura TSX or love it, the corporate power plenum grille — or beak, as it’s often called — remains. The Acura TSX review said that the car has a narrow price elasticity, as the base model 4-cylinder TSX is considered a good deal for a luxury car, however higher trims (particularly the V6 powered models) are considered too expensive as they compete directly with sport luxury cars such as the Audi A4 and Infiniti G and Acura’s own TL.
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