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2016 Acura ILX gets a mid-cycle makeover (pictures)

Refreshed for the 2016 model year, Acura's entry point model debuts with new safety and performance technology.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

Acura refreshes its entry-level model at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

The 2016 Acura ILX, seen here in A-Spec trim, features an updated look as well as some under the skin improvements.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

The sedan's broad strokes and platform, however, remain unchanged.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

The front and rear fascia are tweaked.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

Acura makes its "Jewel Eye" LED headlamps standard equipment for all ILX models.

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The shield grill is also tweaked and massaged.

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Under the hood, the ILX's 2.4-liter engine persists, but the 2.0-liter option is no more.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

The automaker has substantially updated the powertrain for the 2016 model year. Power is still stated at 201 horses, but torque is up to 180 pound-feet.

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The Acura TLX lends its novel eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with torque converter to the new ILX.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

In addition to the Standard, Premium and Tech trim levels, the 2016 ILX also gains a new A-Spec model.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

The A-Spec model features sportier styling with fog lights, a rear spoiler, and side sills.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

The A-Spec also features black exterior garnishes and darker, sportier interior trim.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

17-inch wheels are standard, but the ILX A-Spec rolls on 18-inchers.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

The cabin still reminds me of the Honda Civic, upon which the ILX is based. For 2016, Acura's new dual-screened infotainment suite is available.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

The system uses an 8-inch screen at the top of the dashboard and a 7-inch touchscreen lower in the center stack.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

Acura has also tweaked the ILX's suspension and chassis for more responsive steering.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

The automaker makes no mention of the return of the previous model's six-speed manual transmission, so we hope the new automatic gearbox is a good one.

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The standard ILX is less aggressive than the A-Spec.

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The automaker also improves the available safety tech. ILX Premium models feature standard blind-spot monitoring.

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec

An available AcuraWatch driver-aid suite rolls in forward-collision warning and braking, adaptive cruise control, and the automaker's lane-keeping assist system.

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The 2016 Acura ILX lands at dealerships in early 2015.

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