Japanese automaker Acura has announced it will revive the recognizable Acura Integra nameplate as a “new compact premium entrant,” which will go head-to-head with other small premium rivals like the Cadillac CT4 and Audi A4.
The new Acura Integra will likely share a front-wheel-drive based platform with the new 2022 Honda Civic, although in typical Acura fashion, it will probably set itself apart with a more powerful engine, premium exterior styling and a well-appointed cabin with more luxurious features.
In a statement, Acura Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, John Ikeda, said the new Acura Integra will have “the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience.”
The Acura Integra was one of the original two Acura models that were launched when the brand made its debut on March 27th, 1986 – the other being the luxurious Legend sedan. The nameplate was discontinued in North America after the third-generation Integra went out of production in 2001, but enjoys strong brand recognition to this day thanks to the compact’s attractive styling and fun-to-drive nature.
The Japanese automaker says it will release more information on the new Integra as its 2022 arrival approaches. GM will likely be watching on closely, with the Integra set to occupy the same position in the market as the Cadillac CT4, as well as a similar price point. The Cadillac CT4 currently competes with the Acura ILX, as well as other compact premium rivals like the Audi A4 and Genesis G70.
We’ll have all the official details on the new Acura Integra, including pricing, performance and how compares to the Cadillac CT4 sedan, following its official debut in the coming months.