Honda’s American luxury brand Acura has confirmed the iconic Integra name will return, releasing a second teaser before its full reveal
Following confirmation of the model in August, Honda has released a second teaser image of its next-generation Integra before a full reveal in 2022. The model marks the return of the iconic nameplate after a 15 year hiatus and will go on sale in the Spring 2022, but details of its availability outside of North America has yet to be confirmed.
The reboot of an iconic sports coupe is always something of a double edged sword in the current car market. There were cheers of praise when Ford announced the return of the Puma, and Mitsubshi also got in on the act with a new Eclipse, yet in both occasions these iconic models were reimagined as compact SUVs, without much relevance to their former selves.
Though initial rumours suggested the return of a compact two-door coupe form factor, the latest teaser image reveals that the new Integra will come in five door form. While specifics are thin, Honda’s new Civic will be the most likely form a basis of its underpinnings.
This also means the Integra could, like it’s predecessors, yield a Type R variant. Honda has already confirmed the development of a new Type R based on the next generation Civic, which will be homologated for the region.
Acura, Honda’s Lexus rivalling luxury arm, has revealed a single teaser image showing the new Integra’s headlight and part of the front bumper, giving us some insight into what the new Integra will look like. Rather than reimagining a ‘90s aesthetic, the new model will have a more contemporary look built on Acura’s current design language. This could also be seen in the car’s silhouette, which was previewed in the form of a drone show, although there is at least one nod to a bit of retro, with the embossed Integra insignia placed underneath the headlight.
While the introduction of a small two-door coupe might seem out of sync with the current obsession with SUVs and crossovers, affordable performance cars like the GR Yaris and the current Civic Type R are proving that if the car is good, people will buy it – and given the current Type R’s brilliance, the thought of a modern Integra Type R is quite a fascinating prospect indeed.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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