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Toyota News: LC 500 Name Trademarked, Increased Mirai Production

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Things are happening at Toyota this week… Big things! Chief among them are two breaking news stories:

First, last week we learned that Toyota already had an astounding 200 pre-orders for their Mirai fuel-cell sedan, and this week we’ve learned that Toyota is devoting an extra $165 million to the car’s initial production.

Second, the avid users over at Lexus Enthusiast – a popular Lexus-themed blog and forum – also found out this week that the premium Japanese automaker has filed trademarks for the Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h nameplate in several countries.

You can read more about both stories below:

Increased Toyota Mirai Production

2014 Lexus LF-LC Concept

The word from a popular Japanese newspaper, Nikkei, has informed us that Toyota plans to invest something in the ballpark of ¥20 billion – about $165 million – to more than triple domestic production. Toyota will reportedly deliver 700 Mirais (instead of just 200) by the end of 2015. Apparently, demand is so strong that even with this increased production capacity, Toyota still won’t be able to meet production demands.

As a reminder, the all-new Toyota Mirai goes on sale in Japan next Monday, December 15. Then, it’ll go on sale in the US and Europe in the summer of next year.

Along with the news of increased production, Nikkei also gave us an updated breakdown of exactly how many Toyota Mirai FCVs the Japanese automaker intends to sell in its first three years on the market. They want to sell:

  • 400 units in the Japan by the end of 2015
  • 50 – 100 units per year in Europe by the end of 2016
  • 3,000 units per year in the US by the end of 2017

Lexus Trademarks LC 500 & LC 500h Names

2016 Toyota Mirai FCV

Remember the Lexus LF-C2 Concept from last month’s LA auto show? So do we – it’s a hard car to forget. Thanks to the investigative users at the popular Lexus blog, Lexus Enthusiast, we’ve learned that the premium automaker has filed trademarks for both LC 500 and LC 500h in the US, Canada and Australia.

This means that the Lexus LF-LC and the LF-C2 Concepts were never meant to herald new RC F models or revived SC coupe models… Instead, it looks like the Lexus LC 500 and 500h will mark the beginning of a totally new nameplate for Toyota’s sub-brand. Furthermore, we can now assume that the Lexus LF-LC and LF-C2 production models will be the “exciting new cars” we were told to expect at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, and that they’ll run on the Lexus RC F’s 467hp 5.0L V8 engine.


Toyota Mirai to Be Hand-Built Through 2017; Already 200 Sold

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Barely more than a week after the Toyota Mirai’s worldwide debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show, the Japanese automaker has already received 200 advanced orders for their all-new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. Not only that, they’ve also revealed that the Mirai will be built in the same factory that built the limited edition Lexus LFA supercar.

Toyota Mirai Already Selling Out

2016 Toyota Mirai FCV

Toyota only intends to sell a meager 3,000 Mirai units in the US units by the end of 2017, and only 700 of those will hit dealership floors in 2016 (the model’s first full year in the US). Toyota’s VP of domestic sales, Masamoto Maekawa, told Automotive News that most of those orders are going to government and corporate fleets, but a few commercial orders have been placed too.

There are two big reasons that Toyota is slow-rolling their commercial FCV:

First, they’d rather err on the side of over-demand than over-supply. This is a very big venture for them, and in situations like this, a little bit of exclusivity is a powerful long-term marketing tactic.

Second, Toyota intends to manufacture only a maximum of 10 units per day through 2017, and each will be built completely by hand in the most advanced manufacturing plant at the Japanese titan’s disposal. Which nicely brings us to…

Toyota Mirai to Be Built at LFA Works

2012 Lexus LFA Supercar

Lexus would tell you that their specialty LFA Works facility is where dream cars are made, and in the case of the Toyota Mirai, they’re absolutely right.

The plant originated in 2010 when Lexus first began manufacture of their limited-edition LFA supercar, which was built completely by hand. Only 500 of the carbon fiber, V10-powered sports cars were manufactured over 2 years, which is a rate of less than one per day. Since the LFA project’s expiration in 2012, the plant has been mostly used for hand-built Lexus F Sport Roadbikes, which took advantage of the facility’s advanced carbon fiber capabilities.

Now, the advanced craftsmen at LFA Works have a new task: to build every single Toyota Mirai by hand. Eventually, Toyota hopes that their LFA Works engineers will be able to output a steady 10 units per day, but in the meantime, some production delays are expected.

If you were to order a Toyota Mirai today, you wouldn’t get it until mid-summer of 2016 at the earliest. And that date is only moving backwards as they get more and more fleet sales. Remember, 200 units might not sound like much, but that’s over the span of one week since the car’s LA debut, and two weeks since Akio Toyoda introduced us to the Mirai via video.

Honestly, though, we are perfectly happy with some production delays. The Lexus LFA was one of the best cars – and one of the coolest – that Toyota ever built. If those same masters of the automotive craft are to build every single Toyota Mirai for the next three years, all the more reason to get on-board now!


LA Auto Show – Acura ILX & Honda HR-V

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Yesterday we looked at the new cars and concepts that Infiniti brought to the 2014 LA auto show. Today, we’re moving on to another of the major Japanese automakers, Honda, and their premium sub-brand, Acura. Each organization primarily showcased one car at this year’s LA event, so as you continue reading you’ll learn about the Honda HR-V compact crossover and the Acura ILX premium sedan.

2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V

As a reminder, we’d already seen the Euro-spec Honda HR-V (aka. the Honda Vezel) earlier this year, but this is the first time were seeing it on North American shores. Just like the Mazda CX-3, the Honda HR-V is aimed at the ever-growing compact crossover segment to contend with the likes of the prodigious Nissan Juke.

The Honda HR-V is built on the underpinnings of the Fit hatchback, but it was developed to feel more like a CR-V both inside and out. The new crossover will also offer drivers a lower priced entry-level crossover than the CR-V could be.

Again, since this is a car that we’ve technically seen before, we won’t spend a great deal of time rehashing the details. The biggest news with the LA debut is that Honda has fitted a larger engine than previously thought in the form of a 1.8L i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that outputs 138hp, paired to a G-Design sport CVT, available in both 2WD and AWD. This is an upgrade from the 1.5L unit that Honda was originally expected to borrow from the Fit.

2016 Acura ILX

2016 Acura ILX

The original Acura ILX had a bit of a tragic start. It was originally launched as a conservatively priced entry-level premium sedan built on the Honda Civic. However, even though it continues to maintain its position as one of the most economical luxury cars out there, its 2-year lifespan has been filled with complaints that it’s “just a rebadged Civic”. Turns out, premium buyers are willing to pay a little bit extra to jump over to the more prestigious European brands’ entry-level models.

That’s why, even though its original launch was in 2012, Acura is starting over with an all-new ILX for the 2015MY.

For starters, Acura is upgrading performance for the entire range. A four-cylinder 2.4L engine with a hefty 201hp is now standard for all trims, compared to the 2.0L 150hp that powered this year’s ILX. In addition to the more powerful engine, Acura has also integrated a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, complete with a torque converter for smooth-but-sporty driving.

Finally, Acura has added a cornucopia of aesthetic improvements, including new LED headlights, a slightly re-sculpted front- and rear-end, 17-inch wheels as standard, and twice as many trims as ever before. Most notably, the brand-new A-Spec trim offers the type of plush interior that puts this year’s model to shame.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2007 Honda Civic

2007 Honda Civic G

While it’s easy to say that the original Acura ILX flopped because Acura didn’t do enough to set it apart from the Honda Civic, the other side of the coin is that the Honda Civic is such a good car that Acura had a hard time raising the bar. So, I thought I’d share this beautiful pearl 2007 Honda Civic up for auction in Gifu.

Since this is a Japanese-spec Honda Civic, this model year gets a 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine rated at 140 bhp. You can get a full rundown of the specs and features if you keep reading below the auction sheet:

2007 Honda Civic G Auction Sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered December 2007, G model, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, airbag, power steering, power windows, seats have minor sagging, moldings scratches, scratches under bumpers, marks as per map”


LA Auto Show – 2015 Prius C, V and Scion iM Concept

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

2016 Toyota Mirai

There’s no two ways about it – the new Toyota Mirai (above) was the spotlight premiere for the brand’s LA Auto Show booth. However, while the automaker’s production-ready fuel-cell car certainly stole the show, Toyota’s other noteworthy green vehicle showcased several new changes for the 2015MY. And of course, there’s also the Scion iM Concept we’d previewed a couple weeks ago.

2015 Toyota Prius C

2015 Toyota Prius C

First up, Toyota’s entry-level subcompact hybrid hatch continues to set the bar for non-electric vehicle mpg. You’ll get 53 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway for a 50 mpg combined. That’s thanks to an all-around lightweight design, including a small-size engine and battery pack specifically tailored for the C.

Of course, you’re only going to get 99 hp out of the compact hybrid system (73 hp with just the engine), but we’re guessing that most Prius drivers aren’t prioritizing 0 to 60 speeds anyways.

Outside, you’ll notice that next year’s Toyota Prius C is getting a minor facelift. The grille is a bit larger and can be fitted with a classy piano black finish depending on the trim. 16-inch alloy wheels are also available in the Prius c Four trim. Inside, the cabin has seen some minor updates, with improved materials as you move up the trim levels. Most notably is the updated Entune Media system, which includes a 3.5 inch TFT screen.

For more detailed information, you can get the full press release here.

2015 Toyota Prius V

2015 Toyota Prius V

The larger 2015 Toyota Prius V gets similar updates to its smaller brother, which means a minor facelift and improved amenities. Toyota has added several new color options to help personalize the car for each driver – Attitude Black Metallic, Absolutely Red and an intriguing Toasted Walnut Pearl. They’ve re-sculpted the front bumper, expanded the grille, integrated new fog lights, and built-in new LED projector headlights.

Inside, the Prius V also gets an updated interior with the same Entune Media system that’s in the C. The driver in particular will enjoy increased comfort and convenience thanks to a new “8-way power driver’s seat” with customizable lumbar support, which means you’ll be able to drive both economically and ergonomically!

The Prius V is a bigger vehicle, so fuel economy losses should be expected. However, the V still sets a high standard with 42 MPG combined, and you’ll enjoy 60% more cargo space than you’d get in the Prius C. Here’s the press release, if you’re interested.

Scion iM Concept

2014 Scion iM Concept

Finally, Toyota topped off their booth with the all-new Scion iM Concept, which previews a new compact hatchback from the automaker’s youth-targeted sub-brand. We’d already seen a pretty revealing preview of the iM Concept, but we got a much better look at the 2014 LA Auto Show.

We were anxious to learn more about Scion’s first lineup addition in recent memory. Fortunately, Toyota satisfied our cravings by telling us to expect not one, but THREE new Scions to hit the road in the next three years, with the production Scion iM to make its debut at the 2015 New York Motor Show and go on sale next summer. You can read more about Scion’s new product plans here.


Infiniti SYNAPTIQ & Q80 Inspiration Concepts Shown in LA

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

This week we’re continuing our coverage of the 2014 LA auto show. Today, we’re going to focus on Infiniti by examining both of the concepts they brought to this year’s LA event. Then we’ll finish off with another piece of Infiniti news we hadn’t expected to hear.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

We’d already seen this concept’s world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show last month, but this was the concept’s US debut. We’re talking about it again here because it’s such a cool car that it’s impossible to talk too much about it.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept LA

As Infiniti’s first-ever premium saloon, they went all-out on an incredibly eye-catching design both inside and out. Distinguishing features include the panoramic glass roof and the sleek, aerodynamic chrome and silver color scheme. And that huge front grille does more than just catch your eye – it can open at low speeds to cool the engine and close at high speeds to minimize drag.

Inside, Infiniti went the extra mile to maximize the comfort of each of up to four passengers. Both of the rear passengers get their own touchscreen, and all passengers get individual reclining armchairs. There’s even a built-in champagne bottle holder in the backseat! Materials-wise, the cabin is luxuriously fitted with quilted leather and Alcantara, along with more accent lighting than you can shake a stick at.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Interior LA

As we learned in Paris, the Q80 Inspiration boasts an all-new high-performance hybrid powertrain that can simultaneously pull off 150+ miles per hour and 43 miles per gallon. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 paired with an electric motor that, together, outputs a jaw-dropping 550hp.

The fact that they’re showing the Q80 Inspiration again makes that much more hopeful that it will eventually see production in some form.

Infiniti SYNAPTIQ Concept

2014 Infiniti SYNAPTIQ Concept

For the past 11 years, automakers coming to LA have been invited to contribute futuristic design concepts to the annual LA Auto Show Design Challenge. This year, Infiniti really wowed us with their SYNAPTIQ Concept. This year’s theme was, “Sensing the Future: How Will Cars Interact with Us in 2029?”

The SYNAPTIQ Concept was Infiniti Design San Diego’s contribution to the challenge, and their overarching theme was modular human-to-vehicle interaction. In fact, they invented an entire back story to support the car’s design…

In the year 2029, the SYNAPTIQ will compete in the A.R.C. race, which stands for Air Rally Circuit, demanding drivers to travel across the country over land and air in a triathlon-esque motor race. You can see a visual representation of the race below:

2014 Infiniti SYNPATIQ Multi-form Concept

The SYNAPTIQ will be capable of transforming from racecar to rally car to airplane, all through a SYNAPTIQ S.U.I.T. (Symbiotic User Interface Technology) which essentially taps into the driver’s spine and “connects the driver’s thoughts” to the vehicle. So, the idea is that you can use your thoughts to control the vehicle and to control what information is displayed on the virtual-reality liquid crystal interface that the driver is encased in.

2014 Infiniti SYNPATIQ Suit

Pretty crazy, right?

Even though it’s unrealistic even for 2029, it’s still a really cool concept that we hope Infiniti keeps tucked away for future reference.

Infiniti Q60 Confirmation

2015 Infiniti Q60

The last big piece of news to come out of the LA Auto Show is a confirmation that the Infiniti Q60 will be the first new vehicle coming to us in 2015. Infiniti tells us that we’ll see a preproduction concept in Detroit early next year, which means the car will likely go on sale by the end of Q2 2015.

Unfortunately, that’s about all we know for right now, so stay tuned for further updates as 2014 draws to a close. Otherwise, come back tomorrow for more LA Auto Show news!


Mazda CX-3 Debuts in LA w/ New CX-5 & Mazda6

Posted by Stephen On Friday, November 21st, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen… The 2014 LA Auto Show is finally here!

To kick off our coverage, we’re going to look at everything that Mazda has brought to arguably the largest remaining automotive event in 2014. As you continue reading, you’ll learn about Mazda’s all-new CX-3 compact crossover, their makeover for the 2016MY Mazda6 and their refresh for the CX-5.

Mazda CX-3 Compact Crossover

2016 Mazda CX-3

First up, we have Mazda’s entry into the compact crossover segment, otherwise known as the Nissan Juke bandwagon. Even though it’s a highly competitive class of vehicles, you can see here that the segment’s top dogs shouldn’t underestimate Mazda’s newest offering. Even without Mazda’s mechanical prowess, this is one sharp-looking crossover.

The Mazda CX-3 is built on the same platform as the award-winning Mazda2. They’ve expanded the hatchback’s body to match crossover proportions with an extra 21.5cm length and 5.5cm height. Meanwhile, the interior cabin bears closer resemblance to the 2, although the extra size keeps the CX-3 feeling like an SUV behind the wheel.

2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

The CX-3 will be offered in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Mazda hasn’t given us specific details about the available powertrains, but we do know that there’ll be a 2.0L petrol in the US and a 1.5L diesel in other markets.

For more information about the new Mazda CX-3, read Mazda’s official press release.

Mazda CX-5 Crossover

2015 Mazda CX-5

Shown alongside the all-new Mazda CX-3 is the new compact’s older brother – the 2016 Mazda CX-5. All in all, Mazda didn’t do a whole lot to this car… It’s a great SUV that really didn’t need much updating, and they certainly wouldn’t want to detract from the CX-3’s debut. Still, there are a few noteworthy changes:

Outside, the front grille has been tightened up, and Mazda says they’ve tried to enhance the eye-like look of the headlights to “heighten the car’s look of vitality.”

2016 Mazda CX-5 interior

Inside, the biggest change is a 10% improvement in NVH – noise, vibration and harshness – on rough roads. With new safety features like Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart Brake Support, drivers of the 2016 Mazda Cx-5 should feel more comfortable and more confident than ever before.

2016 Mazda6 Sedan

2016 Mazda6 Sedan

As one of the first cars to get fitted with Mazda’s Kodo design language, the sedan has had its current exterior mostly unchanged for the past three years. Thus, this update is mostly aesthetic. You can see that the grille has been updated with new chrome bars, restyled LED lamps both up front and in the back, a shark fin antenna, and two new colors to choose from (Titanium Flash Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic). Mazda also refinished the 19-inch aluminum twin-spoke alloys with a darker gunmetal tint.

Under the hood, Mazda has embraced their KISS mentality by offering just one 2.5L petrol powertrain option for the 2016 model year. It currently looks like the only state of tune offered will be at 184hp.

2016 Mazda6 Sedan interior

Inside, just like in the Mazda CX-5, Mazda quieted the 6’s interior by 10% on rough roads, and a full 25% on smoothly paved highways or city streets. The sedan also gets the same upgraded i-Activsense safety suite. Unlike the CX-5, though, the Mazda6 gets a new Electrical Parking Brake (EPB), making it the first car in Mazda’s lineup to receive such a feature.


Toyota Officially Names Their Upcoming FCV the Mirai

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

2016 Toyota Mirai

As of today, we finally have a name to refer to when talking about Toyota’s upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. No longer is it simply the “Fuel-Cell Vehicle Concept”; now it’s the Toyota Mirai. Interestingly enough, “Mirai” actually means “future” in Japanese – a fitting name for a car that Toyota believes holds the key for the future of environmentally conscious driving.

If you’d like to see the news straight from source, check out Mr. Akio Toyoda introducing the Mirai in the video below:

As you can see, Mr. Toyoda has given us a full rundown of what we can expect from Toyota’s first-ever commercial hydrogen FCV. Heavily based on the FCV Concept, this modern-looking four-door sedan will be both fuel conscious and fun to drive. It’ll be able to travel 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, refill in about 3 minutes, and the only emissions coming out the tail pipe are two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen… In other words, water.

You don’t have to be an expert to see the implications of a car like the Toyota Mirai. If hydrogen fuel-cell cars take off the way that Akio Toyoda envisions, this could be the first step towards a world without automotive pollution. In both form and function, the Mirai will feel nearly identical to a conventional petrol car. However, instead of relying on limited fossil fuels, hydrogen can be made from almost anything – even garbage, as Toyoda excitedly points out in the video.

The official naming of Toyota’s FCV is only part of the news, however. In addition, NA Toyota CEO, Jim Lentz, informed us in a press release that Toyota has made a new commitment in the Northeastern Corridor – Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts & Connecticut – to build a viable hydrogen refueling infrastructure by 2016.

The new Northeastern infrastructure will come via a partnership with Air Liquide. There will be at least 12 state-of-the-art hydrogen stations available by the time Toyota launches the Mirai in 2016. In combination with the 19 hydrogen fueling stations that will be available in California alone, Toyota is pretty well setup to start closing in from both borders as the rest of the US inevitably adopts the technology over the coming decade.

This is a timely announcement for Toyota, as their new Mirai is set to make its global debut later this week at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Sales of the Mirai are expected to start in California by summer of 2015.

Auction Find – 2013 Toyota Prius G

2013 Toyota Prius auction find

The Mirai isn’t the first time that Toyota has led the way in the automotive industry with breakthrough, environmentally friendly technology. For over a decade now, the Toyota Prius has defined the hybrid market, and continues to lead the way in both sales and influence. By May of this year, the Prius had already sold 70,000 more units than the second best-selling hybrid in the US, which was the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

This particular find is a 2013 model year in fresh-off-the-floor condition. By now, you probably already know exactly what to expect from a Toyota Prius, so we won’t spend a ton of time telling you all the awesome perks of the model. Instead, if you’d like to learn more about this specific Japanese car auction find, just read below the auction sheet for a full translation:

2013 Toyota Prius auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered February 2013, G model, DAA emissions code, AT, AC, power steering, power windows, original TV and navigation system, first time in auction, rear view reversing camera, AT, AC, service book, console scratches, dashboard scratches, door mirrors scratched, scraped under front bumper, light scratches under rear bumper, marks as per map”


Lexus Teases Open-Top LF-C2 Concept Ahead of LA Reveal

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Today we have perhaps our most epic Los Angeles Auto Show preview yet. It’s an all-new sports car concept from premium Japanese automaker, Lexus. This, ladies and gentlemen, is our first glimpse at the open-air Lexus LF-C2 Concept:

Lexus LF-C2 Concept Teaser

We already knew that one of Toyota’s other sub-brands, Scion, would be debuting the Scion iM Concept in LA, but we had a sneaking suspicion we’d get a peek at something more exciting before the show’s doors open next week. Sure enough, this sleek open-top convertible comes along and lives up to the hype, complete with a thematic 72 Hour Eclipse Reveal planned for the concept’s debut.

Lexus plans to release at least one more teaser of their new LF-C2 Concept before its LA premiere. We’ll either get to see the spindle grille, wheels or interior, determined by a fan vote taken at Lexus’ promo page for the new concept (linked above). Be sure to head over there and vote for the interior preview! 🙂

For those of you wondering, there is not an actual eclipse of any kind happening in LA (we already checked). Apparently Lexus didn’t get the sun on board with their promotional campaign.

2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept

2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept

All joking aside, this preview is actually quite a mystery. It doesn’t need to be said that Lexus is keeping tight-lipped about their newest concept, and the automotive blogosphere can’t seem to reach a consensus either. Here are just a few of the guesses other sources have made:

  1. Revived Lexus SC 430 (which was discontinued in 2010)
  2. Convertible version of the 2012 LF-LC Concept
  3. … Which could also preview a convertible Lexus RC
  4. Replacement for the Lexus IS Convertible, as a follow up to the Lexus LF-CC Concept
  5. New version of the Lexus LFA supercar
2014 Lexus RC F

2014 Lexus RC F

Personally, our guess is option 2/3 – the new Lexus LF-C2 Concept will preview a convertible Lexus RC. Maybe even a Lexus RC F convertible too, if we’re lucky. Our reasoning is simple, but sound; the 2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept was widely agreed to prequel the new Lexus RC, and LF-C2 sounds awfully similar to LF-LC. The other likely option is a new replacement for the Lexus IS Convertible.

That being said, we secretly hope that the Lexus LF-C2 Concept will preview an LFA-inspired, commercially accessible open-air sports car. But we hesitate to even say such a thing out loud, lest we jinx the possibility.

Whatever the LF-C2 concept is that being, Lexus is going the extra mile to make its reveal as exciting and engaging as possible. The “Eclipse Reveal” isn’t just the theme behind this particular teaser; it’s also the name for Lexus’ 72-hour social media campaign in which they’ll reveal the car bit by bit. Or, you can plan ahead to watch the live stream press conference at 1:40pm PST.

 


2016 Acura ILX Teased (Again) Ahead of LA Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

2016 Acura ILX Sedan

Today we have another new teaser for the LA Auto Show later this month. Today’s teaser comes from Acura, and it previews their “substantially new” 2016 Acura ILX sedan that we’d initially discussed a couple weeks ago.

You may recall that Acura launched an updated version of their TLX sedan earlier this year. Turns out that their entry-level ILX sedan needed some help too, as it’s been under-performing in its current state. Together with the original teaser, this is our first look at what Acura wants to do with the refreshed sedan. As usual, we only have a small tidbit of official information to give you, but this new image actually tells us a lot.

With that, let’s go ahead and take a look at the new teaser. The first one (above) from a couple weeks ago showed us the back of the sedan; this one shows us the front fascia:

2016 Acura ILX Sedan Teaser

This teaser is Acura’s way of elaborating that the 2016 ILX sedan will be an across-the-board upgrade. We can expect sharper performance with a brand-new powertrain, a more comfortable, higher-quality interior, the latest convenience and safety technologies, plus an exterior facelift to make the car stand out from the entry-level crowd.

It’s no secret that the Acura ILX is essentially an upmarket version of the Honda Civic. One of the biggest complaints with the current Acura ILX is that it’s too obvious where the sedan gets its roots. So, Acura’s second ILX teaser makes it clear that this will be no fancy Civic, but an Acura through and through.

We can spot a few changes that Acura has made to the exterior in just the front fascia. It looks like they’ve refined the grill to make it a little less overbearing, and it no longer looks like the car is grinning. They’ve replaced the headlights with LEDs, and updated the design around the fog lights.

You can also make out a slight front spoiler, and it looks like the bodylines along the hood and side have been restyled for a more modern appeal.

In the end, if all Acura does with the 2016 Acura ILX is bring it up to par with other entry-level premium sedans, that alone would be a huge improvement. The changes we’ve already seen in the two teasers are a great start, and we can’t wait to see what Acura has in store for us in LA. Stay tuned in a couple weeks for the official reveal!

 


2016 Honda HR-V & Acura ILX Teased Ahead of LA

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

With the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show just a hair less than a month away, we’re starting to get the first trickle of automotive previews dribbling across the web. Leading the way is Honda with two new vehicles they’ll be showcasing at NA’s next big automotive event. One of them we’ve seen before, and the other is an update for a car in their luxury lineup that really need some love.

NA-Spec 2016 Honda HR-V Crossover

NA-Spec 2016 Honda HR-V

You’ll remember that Honda already showed us a European version of their new HR-V crossover earlier this month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. We’d also seen images of an HR-V prototype earlier this year in Geneva.

Today, Honda officially introduced us to the North American variant of their 2016 HR-V crossover. It now has its own page on Honda.com and everything. Our American readers can see the car in the metal for the first time at next month’s LA Motor Show. We won’t spend too much time on this one since it’s the less newsworthy of the two. Here’s a quick rundown of what we know at the time of this writing:

  • The HR-V will slot below the Honda CR-V as “the entry point to Honda’s light truck lineup.”
  • Likely to launch this winter
  • Features Honda Magic Seats
  • Built on the same platform as the Honda Fit

Refreshed 2016 Acura ILX Compact Sedan

2016 Acura ILX Sedan

The big news of the day is a teaser for a refreshed version of the Acura ILX sedan. No one from either Honda or Acura has said anything about the new luxury compact sedan other than what’s in the press release. All we know is that it will debut next year as a “comprehensive update that includes a potent new powertrain, more forceful, sporty exterior styling, and substantially upgraded interior design.”

Clearly, the upgrade is going to be quite substantial. What exactly that means, however, remains to be seen. The press release hints that Acura is looking to bring the ILX closer in-line with the car’s more successful big brother, the Acura TLX.

Our guess is that Honda will bring in their new 2.4L i-VTEC engine and upscale exterior features like LEDs, a sports exhaust, and a more distinguished front grille. Inside, you can probably expect a much quieter cabin (the current ILX is known to be quite loud), higher quality materials, and perhaps more performance tech. like we saw in the recent Civic Type-R Concept in Paris.

Either way, we’re sure we’ll see more of both cars before doors open at the Los Angeles Auto Show late next month, so stay tuned for more information. Until then, thanks for reading!