Back in August, Acura confirmed the unexpected return of the Integra, but parent company Honda was actually the first to revive the legendary car. Meet the 2022 Honda Integra, a Chinese compact sedan based on the eleventh generation Civic.
The car will be assembled at the Guangqi Honda joint venture. The Integra will be assembled in Guangzhou, while the Civic on which it is based comes from a factory in Wuhan (yes, that Wuhan) owned by the Dongfeng Honda joint venture. The two cars are pretty much identical, but the new Integra does look more interesting with thinner matrix LED headlights flanking a slightly larger honeycomb-patterned grille.
The changes continue at the rear, where the LED taillights are sharper and take up less space on the trunk lid. Twin tailpipes and a subtle trunk lid spoiler give the Honda Integra a youthful look, as does a faux diffuser bisected by an integrated fog lamp. Fresh colors like Emerald Blue and Fiery Yellow separate it from the regular Civic, and there are new rims up to 18 inches in size.
There are no images of the interior at the time of writing, but we expect the cabin to be essentially carried over from the Civic. The engines are also a bit of a mystery, though the “240 Turbo” badge on the trunk lid indicates the car has 240Nm, which is what the 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine in the Civic develops, where it delivers 180bhp. to the front wheels through the variator. The Chinese-market Integra gets a six-speed manual, as does the Civic Hatchback.
The Honda will go on sale before the end of the year, with pricing details to be announced soon. As for the Acura Integra, a five-door liftback, it will be introduced in 2022.