After a 12-year hiatus, Acura officially revealed the fifth-generation Integra last year for the US market. Featuring a five-door liftback body style like the first-generation model launched way back in 1985, the new Integra is powered by a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine that can be mated to either a CVT or 6-speed manual gearbox. More importantly, the engine puts out 200 PS with 260 Nm of torque.
But even before Acura revealed the fifth-generation Integra in March 2022, Honda-GAC in China already revealed its own version of the Integra back in October 2021. Unlike the Integra in the US, however, the China-only model is essentially a sportier version of the Civic that gets a sleeker set of LED headlights, sharper LED taillights, more aggressive bumpers, a trunk lid spoiler, and brighter shade of colors we can only wish we have in the Philippines.
Now, Honda-GAC has revealed an even sportier version of the vehicle. It's called the Integra Hatchback, and it's basically the Civic Hatchback, albeit with some minor differences. Like the Integra sedan that was revealed two years ago, the Integra Hatchback features elongated LED headlights that make it stand out from the regular Civic. It also gets a different rear bumper with an integrated diffuser and vertical reflectors. But other than those, the Integra Hatchback largely shares its looks with the Civic Hatchback.
Size-wise, the Integra Hatchback measures 4563mm long, 1802mm wide, 1415mm tall, and has a 2735mm wheelbase. This makes the hatchback 126mm shorter in length compared to the Integra Sedan and only 14mm longer than the Civic Hatchback. Interior photos of the Integra Hatchback are not available. However, we can expect the five-door model to feature a similar cabin layout as its sedan counterpart.
Under the hood, the Integra Hatchback is powered by the familiar 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo shared with the Civic. It makes 182 PS along with 240 Nm of torque and can be coupled to either a 6-speed manual or CVT. There's also an e:HEV variant powered by a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four and a single electric motor.
With the People's Republic spoiled for choice when it comes to the Civic and Integra, it's hard not to feel envious of the models that they get. For now, we can only wish that a 5-door version of the Civic will be offered to the country apart from the hatchback-only Civic Type R.