Those who’ve been remotely interested in cars, know that one of the legendary Honda nameplates is the Integra. It was an icon of the 90s and early 00s as a no-nonsense 2-door performance coupe that you could use on a daily basis or turn into a fire-breathing track monster.
Unfortunately, the brand had to kill off the Integra nameplate for a while and only brought it back recently, but now as a practical 4-door sedan in some markets like China. In fact, a new Integra variant has just been launched for the Chinese market.
Honda Integra Hatchback
The Integra was already available as a 4-door sedan, so now there are 2 body styles that are both produced in China by GAC-Honda and are available with ICE-powered and hybrid powertrains.
What makes the Integra interesting is its GAC-Honda’s answer to the Dongfeng-Honda Civic counterpart. Both vehicles essentially share the same underpinnings, powertrains, interiors, and most body panels, although the Integra came with a redesigned face and a slightly different tail. In the case of the Honda Integra hatchback, the similarities are even more obvious.
Based on the photos the Integra hatchback retains its signature face with the long LED headlights and a slightly more stylish bumper, but most of the body is shaped similarly to the Civic. In fact, apart from the face and the alloy wheels, the only change in the rear is the unique rear bumper with vertically-mounted reflectors, a sportier diffuser, and more black trim above the chrome dual tailpipes. This applies to the ICE-powered trims, as the hybrid e:HEV models don’t come with visible tailpipes.
Chinese buyers also have the option to get the Integra in a few market-specific colors matched with a black roof. The Integra (and Civic), get the 240 Turbo trim that is fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-liter VTEC four-cylinder engine producing 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front through either a six-speed manual or a CVT. Then there is also the e:HEV hybrid powertrain comprising a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine and a single electric motor.
Would you guys want the Integra sold here in the PH? even if it’s sourced from China? Let us know what you think!