After a couple of fairly revealing teasers, we finally have a good look at what seems to be the real-life 2023 Acura Integra. It comes to us via a member of IntegraForums.com, and, certainly a number of the styling cues match up to the teasers, but we’re also detecting a bit of Civic influence. Of course, that wouldn’t be a surprise considering the size of the upcoming Integra, or even the model’s history.
Up at the front, the Integra is Acura business as usual. It has the hawk-eye headlights and wide pentagonal grille with a sort of starburst grille mesh. The hood has nice creases and curves that flow into the front fascia.
Along the sides are where we see a bit of what seems like Civic influence bleed through, mainly with the greenhouse. The shape of the windows and frames in the doors look very close to those on the Civic hatchback. Even the door-mounted mirrors look similar. But there are aspects that differentiate it. Most notably, there seems to be a diagonal crease that starts low on the front wheel well and rises up toward the rear fenders. It gives the car a lower, more curvy look than the square-shouldered Civic. It also helps add some visual heft to the rear fenders.
At the back, the hatchback design is obvious, and also lends further credence to our theory the car is Civic-based. But obviously it’s been majorly tweaked for the Acura. The bottom sill for the hatch looks much higher than on the Civic, and the shut line matches the slender taillights (which seem to be dead ringers for the teaser rendering). All of this helps the tail of the Acura look low and wide, including the location of the license plate in the bumper instead of the hatch.
So it seems like the Integra will be based on the Civic, but with plenty of changes. And that’s pretty much how the Integra and even its interim replacement, the ILX, have been. They’ve all been derived from the Civic, often with major design and mechanical differences. Also, with how excellent we’ve found the new Civic, it’s a great starting point for Acura’s new entry-level model. The car will be revealed fully next spring, and we should have many more details then.