The 2023 Honda Integra has finally been unveiled in pre-production form. This is the first time in 20 years that the Integra nameplate will be once again put into production. Designed in North America by Honda’s premium division Acura, the 2023 Integra will be the first-ever of its generation to be assembled solely in the United States.
When the Integra nameplate’s return was announced, the hype around Honda’s premium sporty compact car was high. Unfortunately, you may consider us disappointed to see that the all-new Integra looks tame and conservative. If the silhouette looks familiar, that’s because just like past Integra generations, the all-new model uses the all-new Civic’s underpinnings.
Upfront, the 2023 Honda Integra wears Acura’s signature Diamond Pentagon grille that’s flanked by a pair of Jewel Eye LED headlights with Chicane LED daytime running lights. The Integra name is stamped into the car’s bodywork just below the left headlight. At the sides, the sloping fastback profile is matched with matte black 19-inch wheels, along with Berlina Black elements such as the side mirrors, side graphics, and roof.
The rear, on the other hand, showcases that the Integra will have a rear hatch rater than a trunk lid that’s found in traditional sedans. The LED taillights also look striking, though we can’t help but think that it looks so similar to the Hyundai Genesis Coupe’s taillights.
No interior photos were shown by Acura, but we won’t be surprised if this will stray away from the Civic’s “Simplicity and Something” interior design philosophy. Acura’s current interior design focuses on a more driver-focused layout with a canopy separating the driver and front passenger.
Acura did confirm that the Integra will be powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. This will most likely be the one that’s found in the performance-oriented Civic Si, which means it may produce the same 200 hp and 260 Nm figures. Acura also confirmed that the Integra will be available with a proper 6-speed manual and a limited-slip differential (LSD) the perfect ingredients for a proper driving enthusiast’s compact car.
The 2023 Honda Integra will be produced solely at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio starting next year. The Integra will have a starting price of around US$30,000 (around P1.5 million). It also seems, however, that this will be exclusive to North America.