After being dormant for nearly 15 years, Acura has finally revived the Integra nameplate. Meet the 2022 Integra in prototype form.
While Acura might call it a prototype, the Integra you see here is essentially a preview of what the production model will look like. Similar to the Civic Prototype revealed last year, the road-going model will remain largely the same.
The 5th-generation Integra features a sleek body that carries the brand's latest design language. The front fascia adopts the new frameless Diamond Pentagon grille flanked by a pair of slim JewelEye LED headlights, making it look similar to the TLX. It's matched with an aggressive bumper with a large center intake, giving the Integra a mean look. Let's not forget the embossed Integra name below the headlight.
Along the side, it's easy to notice the muscular wheel arches of the new Integra. While it might be a 5-door hatchback, the sloping roofline gives it a somewhat coupe-like design. Split-five spoke 19-inch wheels hide the Brembo brakes. If the window line looks familiar, that's because it appears to be carried over from the current Civic Hatchback. The upcoming Integra is based on the new Civic, after all. It's the same story with previous Integra models that came before it.
At the rear, there are a pair of slim LED taillights to match the design of the front. Dual-exit exhausts and a decklid spoiler add even more aggression to the Integra. As a tribute to the original Integra Type R, the prototype is also painted in Phoenix Yellow contrasted by gloss black accents.
No interior photos were provided, but we can expect it to somewhat be inspired by the current-generation Civic. At the same time, we do know it will come with a proper manual gearbox. However, it won't come with the Civic Type R's 2.0-liter turbocharged mill. Instead, Acura says the new Integra will use a “high-output” 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC engine. This is likely the same engine found in the Civic Si that produces 200 PS and 260 Nm torque.
More details about the 2022 Integra will be revealed closer to its market introduction date n the first half of next year. The automaker adds that it will also be built in the US, specifically at Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio.
What do you think of the new 5th-generation Integra? Did Acura get it right, or does it look too much like the Civic Hatchback? Let us know what you think in the comments section.