The Acura 2013 ILX Hybrid is Announced with Built-In Navigation SystemFriday, May 4, 2012 3:02
It might have taken them a while to get on the Hybrid band-wagon, but the Acura brand (owned by Honda) have finally announced that they will be releasing their very own eco-friendly car model. Their first entry into the Hybrid car market will be the Acura 2013 ILX which was announced earlier last month at the Vancouver International Auto Show.
The new, greener model was unveiled next to an updated version of their 2012 TSX A-Spec – meaning it was a very busy Show for Honda’s luxury Acura badge. The Vice President for Honda Canada, Jerry Chenkin, was quoted as saying that this was a significant step for Acura as the new Hybrid model was their gateway into the luxury market – and was going to come with a raft of exceptional features designed to save money and be better for the environment than previous cars. For example, it comes with an in-built factory-installed navigation system which is designed to save drivers fuel and mileage due to the clever traffic jam avoidance technology.
Compact Sedan That Economizes Your Drive
The Hybrid Acura ILX 2013 version will be a compact sedan and has been designed to curry favor with drivers that are looking to economize their driving. But at the same time it will still retain the sleek and sporty feel of a luxury Acura car. The ILX has a 1.5 liter engine which is further complimented with an Integrated Motor Assist electric motor.
Uses Gas and Electric Engines Where Appropriate
As the majority of competing Hybrid cars on the US market, the latest Acura ILX will still retain the use of a standard gas engine as the main power source under the hood (which will be used when starting from still) — this means that the 2013 Acura ILX won’t be 100% electric (but then what Hyrbid truly is?) but will work when it can to use the electric engine aspect. It comes with a lithium-ion battery which retains electricity and when used together the two separate engines can produce 110 horse power at a very good 5,500 RPM rate.
Reduces CO2 Emissions and Helps With Fuel Costs
In order to further lesson CO2 emissions and fuel costs, the Acura 2013 ILX really gets to work when it is braking. This is because it will deactivate the gas engine and let the electric motor take over, helped by the generator which constantly re-charges the lithium battery pack.
The Acura Navigation System
Because the new ILX comes with a factory-installed navigation device for GPS, it means the customer will not need to buy a standalone unit (think Garmin and TomTom). The Acura Navigation System comes with live traffic alerts meaning it will notify the driver when a jam is up ahead and re-route the car on a different journey whilst avoiding any queues. In terms of the environmental effect, this should help to reduce the amount of fuel used, as traffic jams are the number one cause of high fuel consumption. Independent research conducted by the Navteq Company (who supply the digital GPS maps) has revealed that this can greatly reduce annual driving time and overall fuel costs each year — meaning it will contribute to the positive environment effect of driving the new Acura Hybrid car to some degree.
Want to Know More?
Additional information on the positive environmental effects of using the in-built Acura GPS with traffic alerts can be found by clicking on this article: Acura Navigation DVD – The 2012 Version. It has a table on it which goes into more detail on which models and years accept which version of the update – so you can find out how your carbon footprint could be altered by simply updating your maps (and 2012 versions come as standard on the new Acura ILX Hybrid model).
This article was courtesy of the team at: GPSNavigationDVD.net.