Those looking for a fresh, driver-focused Acura Integra may want to look away now. Here’s your first look at the new Integra.
We were excited about this. The Integra name being rekindled once again brought with it an air of optimism. We knew it woudn’t be a crossover or an SUV, thankfully, and we knew it was going to be a five door hatchback. What we didn’t bank on was the reveal of a car that, underneath, is seemingly made up of the Civic Si in the United States.
Powering the Acura Integra is a “high output” 1.5-litre turbocharged VTEC engine with the option of either a six-speed manual or CVT. Sending power to the front wheels, a limited-slip differential has also been added for more performance.
Other info hasn’t been released as yet, but those wheels measure 19-inches and are finished in matte black, shod with 235mm Continental tyres. Chassis improvements that could be found on the Civic Si will also like feature here, with a few bits nabbed from the Civic Type R.
What is encouraging is that a Type R version hasn’t been ruled out, which, presumably, would steal more bits from the Civic Type R, bringing with it that 2.0-litre tubrochagred engine, for example. Sadly, there is still no word on whether the Integra will make its way to the UK.
More details are to follow in the first half of 2022.
Acura Integra – what we already know
The Acura Integra was one of just two products available at the launch of the Acura brand in the US back in 1986 and is set to make its return in 2023, thankfully not as an SUV and thankfully featuring a six-speed manual gearbox.
“The Acura Integra is back,” said Jon Ikeda Vice President and Acura Brand Officer. “I’m thrilled to say Integra is returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience.”