The Acura ILX has been updated for the 2019 model year, with revisions to its styling and list of available equipment. In the case of the former, the Honda Civic-based sedan now follows the brand’s current design language that was first heralded by the Acura Precision Concept.

Compared to the outgoing model, the new ILX will certainly attract more attention to itself thanks to bold new look. Up front is the trademark diamond pentagon grille, where the pins framed within appear to emanate from the large Acura badge.

The grille itself is flanked by seven-element Jewel Eye LED headlamps, with more angular sections beneath them for the fog lamps. Other revisions include a gloss black frame for the lower intake, along with a more sharply sculpted hood.

The view from the back is rather pleasant too, with a brand new decklid that forces the number plate to be mounted further down. It is accompanied by sleeker, two-piece LED taillights, while the lower apron accommodates carved-out sections for the reflectors and a decorative diffuser with an exposed exhaust outlet. Wheel options now include a 17-inch five-spoke with trim specific finishes and an 18-inch wheel exclusive to the A-Spec trim (the blue and red car).

While the changes on the exterior are quite severe, the cabin looks largely the same as before, with a few new add-ons here and there. The power-adjustable sport seats are flashier in look thanks to use of brighter colours on A-Spec cars as well as contrast piping and stitching.

Acura’s dual-screen On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) now comes with more responsive software and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Oh, there’s new silver trim with chrome inserts on the dash, and a machine-finished, engine start-stop button.

For the 2019 MY, every ILX comes with the AcuraWatch suite of active safety and driver assistance systems as standard. This suite includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

It’s the same with what’s under the bonnet, as a 2.4 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC engine will be used for all ILX cars. The 201 hp mill is mated to a dual-clutch eight speed automatic gearbox with drive going to the front wheels.