Could our wish list come true?
Acura surprised everyone earlier this month when it announced the return of the Integra after a years-long absence from the lineup. It was sold in America for almost 20 years and was a fan favorite than and remains so today. Acura is currently heavily reliant upon crossovers like the RDX and MDX, and the all-new TLX sedan is certainly bringing back lots of Legend memories.
As for the reborn Integra, the Japanese luxury brand remains mum on details though we know for certain it won't be a crossover. That's obviously very good news but what's still uncertain is whether it'll be a coupe, sedan, or hatchback, and historically, the Integra has been sold as all three. Now, we know that Acura isn't focusing on one style.
Motor1 asked Acura about this topic and a spokesperson refused to confirm or deny how many doors the car will have. It's possible all three could happen, or only one, but it gives us hope. Examining this further, it seems more likely a sedan and hatchback are the winners. Why?
Because it makes complete sense for the next Integra to ride on the same platform as the latest Civic, which has four and, very shortly, five-door designs. The Civic Coupe was sadly retired with the previous generation due to slow sales, but we suspect a sporty coupe badged as an Acura would be more suited as a premium offering, and a base-level Integra two-door could even serve as a replacement to the Civic Si Coupe. Another possibility is something of a compromise, a four-door coupe.
A sleek body style with a low roofline would ideally suit the Integra. It would also be a nice departure from the aging ILX - based on a two-generation-old Vici platform - and give Acura something of an edge over rivals like Lexus and Infiniti. We see the Integra as more of a BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A3 sedan rival. Knowing Acura, it'll price the vehicle very competitively against its German rivals, and with the potential for a Type S in the works, it'll likely be a highly appealing package.
We're merely speculating here based on information currently available. It's just great to know Acura is sticking with performance sedans. We won't know everything until the Integra debuts, an event that'll supposedly happen next spring.