Historically, the Integra has been Acura's small, lightweight front-wheel-drive sport coupe. But the last time an Integra was sold in the United States was 2006, and a lot has changed since then. The market has swung heavily in favor of SUVs and away from sports cars like the Integra, and electrification isn't just on the horizon, it's already here.
So after a 16-year hiatus, the Integra will finally make its return for 2023. But we don't expect it to be a carbon copy of the sport coupe that was so loved by so many. Instead the Integra will likely be a sports car for a new generation of buyers. It will also serve as Acura's new halo model, a role that was once occupied by the NSX supercar. Wait, an entry-level halo car? In short, yes.
Acura has said the new Integra will preview certain design elements that will carry forward to other Acura models in the future. But with the Integra still so far away, what we don't know is what the Integra will be based on, what will lie under the hood, whether it will offer front- or all-wheel drive (or both), or if it will even be a coupe. There are some solid guesses we can pull from Acura's (and Honda's) current lineup, however.
Since the Integra has historically been based on the Civic, it’s more than likely the new Integra will follow that blueprint. That’s good news, because the current Civic is much better to drive than it needs to be. Having solid bones to work with is key, and the Civic's platform is an excellent starting point. It's also worth noting that the 11th-generation Civic's platform is based on the 10th-gen car's architecture, a platform that once featured a coupe. With no 11th-generation Civic coupe coming, it's entirely possible that the Integra will be the car that slots into this gap.