The return of Acura Integra reacted to several fans of the model. Recall that this is, still to this day, the most popular Japanese front-wheel drive vehicle in the eyes of those nostalgic for the 80s and 90s. Acura will bring it back to life for the 2023 model year and confirms that it will have a hatchback and four doors.
Acura only featured a single image of the rear of the vehicle through its social media platforms. The image in question clearly shows that the vehicle has a tailgate and four doors. The shape of the roof is even reminiscent of a coupe, similar to what Mercedes-Benz offers with the CLA.
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Two small Acura?
It all makes a lot of sense, given that Acura doesn’t necessarily plan to remove the ILX from its lineup, even though the current model will be discontinued in 2022. The Integra will simply be a complementary model. However, like Mercedes-Benz with the A-Class and CLA, Honda’s luxury division could potentially offer two entry-level luxury cars. Acura has yet to say anything about a next-generation ILX, however. The Integra could therefore live on its own for a few years.
In addition, Acura does not rule out adding a more efficient two-door version. Remember that when it arrived on the North American market, the Integra had a tailgate and a choice of 2 or 4 doors.
As for the engines, the manufacturer has not mentioned anything yet, but several hypotheses are on the table. In all likelihood, the Integra will be based on the same architecture as the Honda Civic 2022 and will offer similar powertrains, at least, the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with specifications comparable to those of the last-generation Civic Si.
However, it would be acceptable to assume that the Integra is also powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, an engine that originated in the Honda Civic Type R and is now offered under the hood of TLX and RDX. Acura could pair its engines with its 10-speed automatic transmission, but could also choose to keep the current ILX’s 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to give the model a bit more sportiness.