A few weeks ago, we got a bit excited when we heard about leaked photos of the Honda Integra for the Chinese market. GAC Honda decided to make it official, they have unveiled exterior images of the 2022 Integra for the Chinese market.
The Integra is based on the 11th generation Civic (sold by Dongfeng Honda), which is not part of GAC Honda's model offerings. It so far only offers the Accord and Crider (a bridge model between the Accord and Civic for the Chinese market). While the earlier leaked images pointed us to conclude that the China market Integra shares features with the Civic, we can now conclude such after seeing the official images.
Compared to the Civic, the Integra gets a sportier look thanks to slimmer LED headlights and a new honeycomb grille, and a sleeker bumper. At the rear, there's a new pair of LED taillights with an inverted L LED signature and occupies less space on the trunk. A trunk lip spoiler adds a bit of sportiness to the sedan. Though not as obvious, the rear bumper has also been tweaked and comes with dual exhaust tips.
What we do like about the China-spec Integra are the colors. There are two available – Emerald Blue and Fiery Yellow, which remind us of the popular Honda tuner Spoon Sports. The new Integra rides on 18-inch alloys.
No interior photos were provided, but we expect it to be directly lifted from the Civic. No engine details were revealed apart from the 240 Turbo badge at the rear, we're expecting the turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four that produces 180 PS and 240 Nm torque. Here's where it gets interesting, though; the China-spec Integra comes with a manual gearbox. For reference, the Civic is only available with a manual on the Hatchback model in other markets.
The new Honda Integra will go on sale in China later this year. As for the Integra you were expecting, which will be a 5-door hatchback, you'll have to wait until the vehicle debuts sometime in 2022.