A quick glance through the current Acura lineup will show a bowl of alphabet soup for names. That’s about to change though, as the iconic Integra nameplate is coming back for 2023. The 2023 Acura Integra is being previewed with what Acura calls a “prototype” of the real-deal.
This new Integra is based on the current Honda Civic. Despite the Civic bones, Acura is quick to point out the car does not share a single body panel with its lesser Honda sibling. In fact, the Integra is two-inches longer than the Civic, wiping away nearly all perceptions that this Integra is using the Civic as a donor car. The overall design is nearly a mini TLX with a coupe-like greenhouse out back; a combination that certainly isn’t a bad thing.
Really the car is quite attractive. Acura is trying to walk a line between merging its latest design theme with some throwback from the Integra of two decades ago. There’s small touches such as “Integra” embossed into the rear bumper that feel slightly retro, as does the graphics package on the Indy Yellow prototype.
The Integra’s powertrain is also being forklifted from the Civic Si. This means it will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder with an optional six-speed manual gearbox. Acura is not offering much in the way of details here, but did call the engine a “high-output” version, implying the Integra will see higher power output than the Civic Si’s 200 horsepower. We also expect it to be tuned different to fit the Acura badge.
Aside from the engine, details are still pretty scarce. Expect to hear more about the 2023 Acura Integra has it nears production in 2022.