The facelifted version of the ILX brought a sportier vibe with its new grille, taillights and a lower diffuser with an exposed exhaust.
The wheels design was also upgraded, sporting 17-inch alloys or the 18-inch wheels available with the A-spec trim level.
The exterior color palette got refreshed and 5 new colors were added: Platinum White Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic1 and A-Spec-exclusive Apex Blue Pearl. New colors for the interior were also added and for the A-Spec, the standard colors were Ebony and Red.
The ILX was powered by a 2.4-liter engine with 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The engine was mated to the only available transmission, an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The ILX was available with 7 different packages and lots of new features.
The standard ILX sported 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, keyless entry, automatic LED lights, automatic climate control, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth connection with media streaming, a rear-view camera, active sound cancellation, etc.
The Acura Watch package included more safety features such as lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning and collision mitigation braking.
The Premium package added a more performant sound system, leather upholstery, a blind spot monitoring system and a 7-inch touchscreen.
The Technology Plus featured a bigger touchscreen and a 10-speaker ELS audio system.
The top range was the A-Spec trim level that could only be added to the Premium or the Technology Plus packages and sported 18-inch alloys along with sport seats, fog lights, a rear spoiler and aluminum sport pedals.
Safety-wise, the car received a 5-star rating from the NHTSA at the crash testing.