The 2022 Acura Integra is a vital automobile for the Japanese premium automaker. Greater than about reviving an iconic nameplate related to nifty dealing with and high-revving four-cylinder VTEC engines, the incoming Integra will cement Acura’s popularity within the sport-luxury class. In case you haven’t observed, Acura’s resurgence is underway, and it began with the TLX Kind S, a sport-luxury sedan with four-wheel double wishbones and a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 pumping out 355 horsepower – all for underneath $55k.
Fortunately for us, Acura is debuting the 2022 Acura Integra prototype right now, November 11, 2021, at 4:35 p.m. PT. Sure, the automobile you’ll see in just some hours time is a prototype mannequin, and will probably be on show for everybody to see on the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Present from November 19 to twenty-eight, 2021.
Acura made no additional feedback concerning the production-spec model of its latest Integra. Nonetheless, the automaker has revealed a couple of tidbits to present us an thought of what to anticipate when the most recent Integra arrives at dealerships in mid-2022.
2022 Acura Integra: No Coupe?
The teasing started in early August 2021 when Acura confirmed Integra’s return at Monterey Automotive Week. Acura claims the brand new Integra is “a brand new compact premium entrant” after releasing a teaser picture of the prototype’s new headlight design, full with embossed INTEGRA lettering underneath the lighting meeting.
The following tease got here in late September after Acura unveiled the rear-end design of its Integra prototype. Because it seems, the brand new automotive is a four-door sedan with a swooping roofline and a liftback rear hatch. The primary-gen Integra got here in a 3, 4, or five-door physique fashion and is the one Integra accessible as a five-door hatch, and we now know the Integra prototype will carry the identical sensible liftback design. However what concerning the two-door coupe?
Acura had a agency grasp within the sport-luxury class upon debuting the third-gen DC1 and DC2 Integra in 1994, a automotive with all the proper elements to ensure heaping doses of driving enjoyable. The Integra got here with a four-wheel double wishbone suspension, a bolstered chassis, and a high-strung B18B VTEC four-cylinder engine related to what purists say is the perfect handbook gearbox ever made.
Furthermore, the third-gen Integra is on the market as a three-door liftback coupe. And when you consider probably the most iconic classic Integras, the coupe physique fashion is completely etched within the reminiscence banks of these sufficiently old to recollect the glory days. Does a four-door sedan come to thoughts when mentioning the legendary DC2 Integra Kind R? No!
Acura didn’t rule out the attainable availability of a fifth-gen Integra coupe. Nonetheless, it can initially seem as a swoopy four-door sedan in prototype guise to raised compete with the BMW 2-Sequence Gran Coupe, Audi A3, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Normal Handbook Gearbox
In contrast to the TLX Kind S, the all-new Acura Integra will get a normal six-speed handbook gearbox. If you realize something about automobiles and the auto business on the whole, new automobiles with manually selectable gears are a dying breed. And since sporty compact sedans are the realm of purists and lovers, Acura is making our journey down reminiscence lane additional candy by giving the Integra a slick-shifting handbook transmission, probably a by-product of the handbook field from a 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback.
After all, Acura desires computerized followers to get within the motion, too. The third-gen Integra GS-R had an non-compulsory computerized gearbox in some markets when it arrived in 1993. We’re assuming the all-new Integra will get the identical therapy, probably getting an optimized CVT (constantly variable computerized) from the Civic Hatchback LX and EX-L. However then once more, it will be higher if it bought a real six or seven-speed computerized as a substitute of a CVT and digital gears.
Lengthy earlier than turbocharging turned the norm, Acura relied on old-school engineering trickery to squeeze out extra energy from comparatively small engines. First seen within the second-gen Integra GS-R, Honda’s B16A VTEC engine churns out 160 horsepower from 1.6-liters of displacement, all with out turbocharging or force-feeding the motor with boosted air. The magic occurs when VTEC switches to its high-lift profile at 5,500 rpm, coaxing the engine to burn extra gas and air till a heady 8,200 rpm redline.
Acura has but to disclose the official powertrain specs, however we strongly really feel the brand new Integra will get the identical 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC engine from the 2022 Civic Hatchback, probably tuned to churn out extra horses than its 180-horsepower inventory output. For the 2022 Integra, we’re hedging for 200 or 220 horsepower from its turbocharged VTEC mill, however a hotrod Kind S model stays within the playing cards.
Oh, and who wouldn’t wish to see a fifth-gen Integra Kind R? Honda has already confirmed the all-new Civic Kind R’s arrival in late 2022 or early 2023, and it’ll most certainly have the identical 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC engine of the outgoing Kind R.
In a perfect world, it will be nice to have a four-door Civic Kind R and a two-door Integra Kind R, however we are able to’t all the time get what we would like. Because it seems, we have now good news: Acura has confirmed that the Integra Kind R is becoming a member of the lineup by 2024, though it stays unclear if it arrives as a four-door sedan or two-door coupe.
2022 Acura Integra Pricing
Acura’s been on a roll with its idea automobiles, beginning with the Kind S Idea from 2019 (now accessible because the TLX Kind S). With the approaching reveal of an all-new Acura Integra prototype, we strongly really feel the idea will intently resemble the manufacturing model coming in mid-2022. The 2022 Integra replaces the ILX in Acura’s portfolio, so we count on base costs to hover round $28,000 to about $35,000 for the range-topping variant.
That, in fact, might not be a element Acura chooses to share when it reveals the Integra tonight. As an alternative it might properly desire to avoid wasting pricing till nearer to the automotive’s launch subsequent 12 months. Both method, it’s more likely to be a scorching subject of dialogue within the months to come back, as new Integra followers and outdated focus on whether or not this 2022 reboot lives as much as expectations.