It’s always cause for celebration when a model makes a comeback. And by summer next year, an all-new version of the iconic Acura Integra will land in showrooms powered by a new hybrid unit and featuring all new styling.
Honda’s luxury Acura brand will soon relaunch its popular sports model after the fourth generation went out of production in 2006. To stimulate market interest in the new model, Acura has revealed a couple of teaser images of body parts like the headlight surrounds and tail lights seen here.
The new car will be offered with a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic and employ a new hybrid unit with an expected electric version to come at least a year later. While Honda has not elaborated on what that hybrid power plant might be, one source suggests that the car may get the same 1.5-liter turbo from the new Civic but with an e:HEV hybrid unit bolted on for extra power and better efficiency. Power would clear 220hp. That would generate power over 200 hp but we’ll have to wait for more details from Acura at a later date.
Acura fans may query why the brand is planning to relaunch a sporty hatchback in an era when SUVs and crossovers are taking over the market, and the answer to that is simply that the Integra helped to put Honda and Acura on the map from the 1990s. So bringing this car back, with the right environmentally-friendly powertrains of course, is not only a bold move but the right one. A racy 300-hp plus turbocharged Integra Type R version is also expected to join the lineup by 2024.
The new reborn Integra will be an all-new model for 2023 with production due to start in 2022. Expect a price tag of around $35,000.