The Integra is back! Luxury brand Honda Acura has brought its iconic nameplate back to life, but it’s a five-door and won’t make it to Australia.
The American luxury division of Honda Acura revealed a prototype almost in production version of its new compact car, reviving one of Japan’s most iconic front-wheel drive nameplates: the 2022 Acura Integra.
Excluding the Chinese market Honda Integra – which is little more than a rebadged Civic – the new Acura Integra revives a nameplate last seen in Australia (and around the world) in 2006, on the fourth (now fifth) generation of a car that traces its origins back to 1986.
However, old-school Integra fans who are keen on a coupe will be disappointed to hear that the the new model is a five-door liftback – a less niche and more popular body style with real buyers – with no two-door model on the horizon.
Like many of the previous generations, the new Acura Integra shares its platform with the latest Honda Civic, destined for Australia, but unlike the Integra of the past which wore a completely unique sheet metal compared to the Civics of the time, the proportions of the new Integra appear to be largely copied from his brother Honda.
While the car pictured here is marked with a “prototype”, the previous Honda shape suggests it will look nearly identical to the Integra production expected in US showrooms next year, mixing crisp lines and LED lights with retro-inspired cues and a shape to five doors.
Finished with Indy Yellow Pearl paint borrowed from NSX supercar, design highlights of the Integra prototype include embossed “INTEGRA” lettering on the front and rear bumpers, slim LED headlights and taillights (with Acura’s signature “chicane”), and surfaces not unlike the larger Acura TLX sedan.
Filling the arches are 19-inch alloy wheels, which hide “oversized” Brembo brakes with Indy Yellow calipers, a color that also pays homage to the third generation Integra’s Phoenix Yellow.
Significantly, Acura hasn’t confirmed dimensions for the new Integra, suggesting it’s closer in footprint to its Civic sibling than its creator wants to admit.
A look into the interior of the new Acura Integra is not provided, though expect a mix between the Civic’s 12-inch digital instrument cluster and 9.0-inch touchscreen, and the TLX’s unique infotainment system and dashboard design. .
Few details of the Integra engine range have been released, other than confirmation that it will be powered by a 1.5-liter “high-output” turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC engine, combined with an “available” six-speed manual gearbox it’s a limited slip front differential.
It should be the same engine as the new Civic Si for the US market, where it develops 149kW Other 260 Nm – 4kW less than the model it replaces, and 5kW less (but 66Nm more) than the fourth generation Honda Integra Type S sold in Australia in 2006.
A high-performance Type S version is expected to be on the way, which – given the Integra base that will match the Civic Si in terms of performance – will likely borrow the 200 kW plus 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from a variety of Honda models, including the new generation Civic Type R.
Production 2023 Acura Integra will launch in the United States in the first half of 2022, with a starting price of approximately $ 30,000 ($ AU41,200) – on par with the $ 28,315 ($ AU38,880) price of the Civic Si sibling.
However, with production planned in Marysville, Ohio, the new Integra will be an Acura-only, left-hand drive vehicle, and it will not come to Australia.