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2019 Acura ILX packs some much needed updates

Not only does it have a fresh face, its complement of standard tech rises demonstrably.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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The 2019 Acura ILX underwent a pretty major aesthetic overhaul.     

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Out back, there's a new set of taillights, a new rear fascia and a redesigned lower diffuser.     

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It's entirely new from the A-pillars forward, adopting a sharper nose that pulls from Acura's recent concepts.   

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The most notable update in the 2019 Acura ILX is the addition of AcuraWatch, which is now standard on every ILX model.

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AcuraWatch is the automaker's suite of active and passive safety systems, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist.     

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Under the hood is a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated I4 gas engine putting out 201 horsepower.

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Front-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.     

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The interior features fewer major changes. Its seats have been given a heavier dash of style, and there's a new Espresso interior motif on offer.     

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Tech-wise, its two-screen infotainment layout has been revised to look newer, new software improves response time by about 30 percent and it packs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.     

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The driver's seat also gets power-adjustable lumbar controls, and the start button is now fancier.   

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All variants of the 2019 Acura ILX hit dealers in October, and pricing should be announced soon.    

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