Acura to present three new vehicles at Detroit image

Acura, the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Honda, on Monday said it will unveil three new vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show including an all-new compact sports sedan, a redesigned RDX crossover sport utility vehicle, and a concept version of the next generation Acura NSX super car.

The Japanese automaker said the compact ILX is aimed at “Generation-Y” drivers who are turning 30.

The new vehicle will start at “well under $30,000” when it goes on sale in early 2012, and will be shown next month at the Detroit auto show, said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president for product planning at Honda’s U.S. unit.

The front-wheel-drive ILX will come with a choice of three powertrains, including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a five-speed automatic transmission and a 2.4-liter four with a six-speed automatic.

Acura did not provide any photographs of the ILX, but an auto-show-ready buck we saw of it was definitely infused with upscale style. The entire front fascia is Acura-corporate, with the same flat headlights and modified shovel-beak grille.

In addition, the Japanese automaker said it has redesigned the RDX compact crossover from the ground up for 2013, using the new Honda CR-V as the base, but equipped with a V6 engine in place of the turbocharged four-cylinder in the current model.