Return of the Entry-Luxurious Sport Hatch

Return of the Entry-Luxurious Sport Hatch


We’ve been listening to quite a bit concerning the 2023 Acura Integra all yr, and now the wraps are off, formally.

The entry-level luxurious/sport hatch will, as rumored, supply a guide transmission, although it gained’t have all-wheel drive.

Just like the earlier entry-level Acura, the ILX, the Integra seems to be closely primarily based on the Honda Civic, however that’s not essentially a foul factor. Acura claims the Integra would be the solely hatchback in its phase.

Pricing begins at round $30,000. Underhood will likely be a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (sure, it has VTEC, yo) making 200 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. A continuously-variable computerized transmission with paddle shifters is commonplace, with a six-speed guide obtainable. The guide will get a helical limited-slip differential.

Adaptive damping will likely be obtainable and the automobile may have Consolation, Regular, and Sport modes. A-Spec vehicles will get an “Particular person” mode, as nicely. That A-Spec package deal may even give the automobile gloss-black trim, a lip spoiler, distinctive badging, and particular 18-inch wheels. For different trims, the Integra will include 17s commonplace and 18s and 19s elective.

Normal on the inside are a ten.2-inch digital gauge cluster, 7-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. A bigger infotainment display, wi-fi telephone charging, Alexa voice recognition, head-up show, and premium audio can be found.

AcuraWatch driving-assist is commonplace, with an all-new single digicam getting used to energy options like collision-mitigation braking. A-Spec vehicles get low-speed braking management and entrance and rear parking help. Different driver-aid options embody traffic-sign recognition, traffic-jam help (CVT solely), adaptive cruise management, lane-keep help, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

There will likely be LED lighting throughout, together with the fog lamps, and the rear will get twin exhaust finishers.

The Integra will likely be inbuilt Marysville, Ohio, alongside the TLX.

Our preliminary “scorching take” — or this writer’s, anyway — is that the automobile will likely be a dressed-up Civic, and that’s simply superb. The price range purchaser will likely be simply superb with the Civic/Civic Si, whereas luxurious consumers or those that just like the Acura’s seems to be higher will likely be well-suited with an Integra. The Integra may compete nicely with the Subaru WRX and Volkswagen GTI/Golf R, relying on how the efficiency variations value out, although we will’t assist however be aware the Civic Si provides comparable efficiency for lower than the Integra’s base value.

Acura is taking reservations now — and the primary 500 people get an NFT (barf). Deliveries are anticipated to start someday this spring.

[Images: Acura]

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