By Jennifer Geiger on Thu Jan 26 05:30:00 GMT-06:00 2012
There won't be too many surprises from Acura at this year's Chicago Auto Show. The automaker's new-for-2013 ILX sedan and refreshed RDX SUV were already unveiled in near-production prototype form at the 2012 Detroit auto show. Acura plans to take the wraps off of the actual production versions in Chicago.
From the Detroit prototype, it looks like Acura's second-generation RDX compact SUV doesn't change a lot for 2013. It's a bit longer and has sleeker-looking exterior styling. Under the hood, the RDX swaps its former turbocharged four-cylinder for a new 3.5-liter V-6 for 2013. We expect the new RDX to go on sale this spring.
The 2013 ILX is a compact, Civic-based sedan and Acura's first hybrid vehicle. It'll slot below the TSX in Acura's lineup and will come with three engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 1.5-liter hybrid powertrain. We'll know more at the Chicago auto show, but in Detroit, Acura said the ILX will start "well below $30,000" when it goes on sale this summer.
Both vehicles will be unveiled at Acura's press conference on Feb. 8. Check back with us then for more from the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer