The Acura Integra Prototype sets the stage for the production version that will appear in 2022.
The new Integra will be fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder.
It will replace the aging Acura ILX within the range.
It might not have been the most flamboyant, powerful, or sophisticated car sold in North America by the Japanese brand, but the Acura Integra won over many affordable sports car enthusiasts who wanted something more than just a Honda.
And frankly, the previous three generations of the Integra were derivations of the Honda Civic, but offered sharp handling, enhanced performance and the added flair of the Acura brand.
Here is that Honda is reviving the Acura Integra with the intention of reconnecting with a clientele which has probably turned to other brands over time, for lack of a suitable successor model for the sporty compact. The Integra Prototype represents the production version with a few details, even allowing to be painted in Indy Yellow Pearl, borrowed from the Acura NSX. This color is also reminiscent of the Phoenix Yellow color available on the admirable Integra Type R of the years 2000 and 2001.
Not only is the name of this new model familiar, but so is its overall shape. The Integra Prototype looks a lot like the new 2022 Honda Civic hatchback, with the same roofline and side window frames visible. However, the body panels are different, the tailgate has a distinct design and the license plate has been moved to the bumper to give the car a more dynamic style. Up front, the Integra Prototype features the brand’s signature pentagonal radiator grille and slim headlamps, while the pleated hood mimics those of other Acura products such as the TLX, RDX and MDX.
The Prototype also comes with 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes with yellow calipers and rocker panel decals, which could be offered on the production version. Or not.
No horsepower details, but the Acura Integra Prototype comes equipped with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that, in the Honda Civic Si, develops 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. We’ll have to wait and see if the 2023 Acura Integra will benefit from a slight advantage in this regard, but like the Civic Si, it will offer a six-speed manual transmission, and we assume that an eight-speed automatic transmission with dual clutch will also be available. An S-Type variant has not been announced, but if it does see the light of day, it is believed that the brand’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, with its 272 horsepower, would be a good choice.
Acura has not released photos of the interior either, but we expect (wish?) That its design and finish will rise above those of the Civic Si, in order to respect the hierarchy. brands.
The Integra five-door front-wheel drive will replace the aging Acura ILX within the brand’s range, and will compete with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, but also small luxury cars such as the Audi A3, the Cadillac CT4, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the BMW 2 Series. The 2023 Acura Integra will go on sale during the first half of 2022 with a base price of around $ 35,000.