Acura has officially introduced its latest model, the 2013 Acura ILX compact sedan. The ILX is based on the Honda Civic and is being positioned as a gateway into the Acura brand. The ILX will be available with three different powertrains, but the most noteworthy is the hybrid option, as it marks the introduction of Acura’s first ever hybrid model.

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2013 Acura ILX

The Acura ILX Hybrid is powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The 20-horsepower electric motor gets its power from a lithium-ion battery pack and is mainly there to provide additional power when its needed. The hybrid system has a total output 111 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque between 1,000-3,000 rpm. During braking and at a stop the gasoline engine deactivates to save fuel and reduce emissions. Acura estimates that the ILX Hybrid will have a fuel economy rating of 35/38 mpg. At 38 mpg on the highway, the ILX beats the 2012 Lexus HS 250h, which is only rated at 34 mpg.

The ILX comes standard with Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, Pandora internet radio interface and an SMS text message function. The Technology Package adds a surround sound audio system, and a navigation system with real-time traffic rerouting. The Premium Package adds leather seats, heated front seats, a rear view camera and a 360-watt audio system.

Acura hasn’t announced the official pricing for the 2013 ILX, but it will arrive this spring.