Acura has announced plans to introduce the 2013 ILX and RDX at the Chicago Auto Show.

Acura has announced plans to introduce production versions of the 2013 ILX and RDX at the Chicago Auto Show.

First up, the ILX is based on the US-spec Honda Civic and will become the brand's entry-level model. It will be launched this spring and promises to have a "high-quality, well-appointed interior" with passive entry, a pushbutton ignition and an advanced audio system.

Specifications haven't been released, but the company has already confirmed three engines will be available:

  • A 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder with a five-speed automatic
  • A 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual
  • A hybridized 1.5-liter four-cylinder which is estimated to return 35 mpg city / 38 mpg highway (US)

The RDX, on the other hand, is slightly larger than its predecessor and has additional leg room and cargo capacity.

Power will likely be provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 273 hp (203 kW / 276 PS). It should be connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which enables the crossover to return 20 mpg city / 28 mpg (US).

Note: Acura ILX and RDX concepts pictured

2013 Acura ILX & RDX headed for a Chicago unveiling