The 2022 Acura Integra is an essential vehicle for the premium Japanese automaker. More than reviving an iconic nameplate paired with astute handling and high-revving four-cylinder VTEC engines, the incoming Integra will cement Acura’s reputation in the sport-luxury category. If you haven’t noticed, Acura’s resurgence is underway, and it started with the TLX Type S, a four-wheel double-wishbone luxury sport sedan and a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 developing 355. horses, all for less than $ 55,000.
Luckily for us, Acura will debut the 2022 Acura Integra prototype on November 11, 2021 at 4:35 p.m. PT. Yes, the vehicle you’ll see in a few days is a prototype model, and it will be on display for everyone to see at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show November 19-28, 2021.
Acura has not commented further on the production version of its more recent Integra. Still, the automaker has revealed some tidbits to give us an idea of what to expect when the latest Integra hits dealerships in mid-2022.
Acura Integra 2022: no coupe?
The teasing began in early August 2021 when Acura confirmed Integra’s return to Monterey Car Week. Acura claims the new Integra is “a premium compact newcomer” after releasing a teaser image of the prototype’s new flagship design, with INTEGRA lettering embossed under the lighting package.
The next teaser came at the end of September after Acura showed off the rear design of its Integra prototype. It turns out the new car is a four-door sedan with a sloping roofline and a flip-up tailgate. The first-generation Integra is available in a three, four or five-door body style and is the only Integra available as a five-door hatchback, and we now know that the Integra prototype will sport the same practical hatchback design. But what about the two-door coupe?
Acura had a solid understanding of the sport-luxury category when it launched the third-generation DC1 and DC2 Integra in 1994, a car with all the right ingredients to ensure huge doses of driving pleasure. The Integra came with four-wheel double-wishbone suspension, a heavy-duty chassis, and a high-voltage B18B VTEC four-cylinder engine connected to what purists say is the best manual gearbox ever.
In addition, the third-generation Integra is available as a three-door liftback coupe. And when you think of the most iconic vintage Integras, the coupe’s body style is permanently etched into the memory banks of those old enough to remember the glory days. Does a four-door sedan come to mind when you talk about the legendary DC2 Integra Type R? No!
Acura did not rule out the possible availability of a fifth-generation Integra coupe. However, it will initially appear as a four-door sedan in prototype form to better compete with the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Standard manual gearbox
Unlike the TLX Type S, the all-new Acura Integra will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. If you know anything about cars and the automotive industry in general, new vehicles with manually selectable gears are a dying breed. And since compact sports sedans are the realm of purists and enthusiasts, Acura makes our trip down memory lane even more enjoyable by equipping the Integra with a shift-shifting manual transmission, perhaps a derivative of the manual gearbox. ” a 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback.
Of course, Acura wants automatic fans to get into the action as well. The third-generation Integra GS-R had an automatic transmission as an option in some markets when it arrived in 1993. We assume the all-new Integra will get the same treatment, eventually getting an optimized CVT (variable automatic continues) of the Civic. LX and EX-L hatchback. But again, it would be better if it had a true six- or seven-speed automatic transmission instead of a CVT and virtual gears.
Long before turbocharging became the norm, Acura relied on old-fashioned engineering trickery to squeeze more power from relatively small engines. First appearing in the second-generation Integra GS-R, Honda’s B16A VTEC engine produces 160 horsepower from 1.6 liters of displacement, all without a turbocharger or force-feeding the engine with supercharged air. . The magic happens when the VTEC shifts to its high lift profile at 5,500 RPM, prompting the engine to burn more fuel and air up to an exhilarating red line at 8,200 RPM.
Acura has yet to reveal official powertrain specs, but we’re confident the new Integra will get the same 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC engine from the 2022 Civic Hatchback, perhaps tuned to produce more horsepower than its 2022 Civic Hatchback. original power of 180 horsepower. For the Integra 2022, we’re covering 200 or 220 horsepower from its turbocharged VTEC mill, but a Type S hotrod version remains in the cards.
Oh, and who wouldn’t want to see a fifth-generation Integra Type R? Honda has already confirmed the arrival of the all-new Civic Type R in late 2022 or early 2023, and it will most likely have the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder VTEC engine of the outgoing Type R.
In an ideal world, it would be great to have a four-door Civic Type R and a two-door Integra Type R, but we can’t always get what we want. Ultimately, we have great news: Acura has confirmed that the Integra Type R will join the lineup by 2024, although it is not clear whether it will arrive as a four-door sedan or coupe at two doors.
Price information for the Acura Integra 2022
Acura is on the rise with its concept cars, starting with the 2019 Type S Concept (now available as TLX Type S). With the upcoming reveal of an all-new Acura Integra prototype, we strongly believe the concept will closely resemble the production version coming in mid-2022. The Integra 2022 replaces the ILX in Acura’s portfolio, so we would expect base prices to hover between $ 28,000 and around $ 35,000 for the high-end variant.