After a 15-year absence, the Integra is back.
The Acura Integra is coming back, and we've found out a lot about the little compact, though there are still a few questions. We don't know what engine it might squeak under the hood and we didn't know exactly when we - meaning you and us - would get our first peek at the fastback, five-door, possibly crossover-shaped compact.
The world will be able to watch together on Thursday November 11 at 8:35 p.m. EST at Acura.com/Integra. It will be debuting in Los Angeles to journalists, and we're guessing it will make an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show as well. Acura is calling this a prototype, but we're certain the production car will be very close considering it will be on sale next year.
Back to what we know for sure. This car will appeal to the enthusiasts by offering a six-speed manual transmission. And we know that Acura offers some of the best in the business in both look and feel, and mechanical sturdiness. The Type S moniker that we confirmed a few weeks ago will grab a few customers as well.
Acura confirmed the hatchback, five-door form and showed us some teaser shots of a very sleek looking mini gran coupe. However, when we saw the spy shots of a camouflaged version it look a little taller than we'd like. The company didn't rule out several bodystyles either, so maybe that's what we're looking at.
The Acura/Honda group could offer a few different powerplants to the new Integra. Obviously we'd love a hot version with the Civic Type R's 306-hp turbocharged four. But even the 205-hp turbo 1.5-liter that comes in the Civic Si would be a good guess. We're also wondering about all-wheel drive, which opens up other and possibly hybrid propositions.
Tune in with us next week for the full reveal at Acura's website. We're expecting the company to fill in the gaps in what we know about this car, one that's been absent from the US market for 15 years. We're hoping for a triumphant return.