Return of the Entry-Luxury Sport Hatch

Return of the Entry-Luxury Sport Hatch

We’ve been listening to a great deal about the 2023 Acura Integra all calendar year,

We’ve been listening to a great deal about the 2023 Acura Integra all calendar year, and now the wraps are off, officially.

The entry-stage luxury/activity hatch will, as rumored, give a manual transmission, even though it won’t have all-wheel generate.

Like the preceding entry-amount Acura, the ILX, the Integra seems to be greatly primarily based on the Honda Civic, but which is not necessarily a undesirable detail. Acura statements the Integra will be the only hatchback in its section.

Pricing starts off at about $30,000. Underhood will be a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (yes, it has VTEC, yo) generating 200 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. A continuously-variable computerized transmission with paddle shifters is typical, with a 6-pace guide obtainable. The guide will get a helical restricted-slip differential.

Adaptive damping will be out there and the car or truck will have Comfort and ease, Standard, and Activity modes. A-Spec vehicles will get an “Individual” manner, as perfectly. That A-Spec deal will also give the motor vehicle gloss-black trim, a lip spoiler, exceptional badging, and special 18-inch wheels. For other trims, the Integra will occur with 17s common and 18s and 19s optional.

Normal on the interior are a 10.2-inch electronic gauge cluster, 7-inch infotainment display screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Automobile. A greater infotainment screen, wireless mobile phone charging, Alexa voice recognition, head-up display screen, and quality audio are available.

AcuraWatch driving-support is conventional, with an all-new solitary digicam remaining employed to ability options like collision-mitigation braking. A-Spec vehicles get low-speed braking management and entrance and rear parking guide. Other driver-support functions involve site visitors-indicator recognition, visitors-jam help (CVT only), adaptive cruise regulate, lane-keep support, and blind-location checking with rear cross-site visitors alert.

There will be LED lighting all about, like the fog lamps, and the rear will get dual exhaust finishers.

The Integra will be designed in Marysville, Ohio, along with the TLX.

Our initial “hot take” — or this author’s, anyway — is that the motor vehicle will be a dressed-up Civic, and that is just fine. The price range consumer will be just fine with the Civic/Civic Si, though luxurious consumers or these who like the Acura’s appears to be like improved will be effectively-suited with an Integra. The Integra may possibly compete well with the Subaru WRX and Volkswagen GTI/Golfing R, relying on how the overall performance variations rate out, nevertheless we can’t assist but notice the Civic Si provides comparable performance for much less than the Integra’s foundation selling price.

Acura is having reservations now — and the initially 500 people get an NFT (barf). Deliveries are envisioned to start someday this spring.

[Images: Acura]

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