The Integra moniker returned to the North American market for the 2023 model year as a sporty-looking Acura sedan. A few months before the debut of the Acura Integra, Honda resurrected the name for the Chinese market. The Honda Integra family now gets a new addition and it is one of the very few vehicles in China with a manual transmission available.
The new Honda Integra Hatchback – Hatchback is actually part of the name – is built by the GAC-Honda joint venture and is, you guessed it, the most practical hatchback version of the Honda Integra. The sedan and hatchback versions of the new Integra are based on the 11th generation of the Honda Civic.
The Japanese automaker will market the new model in two versions. There is a hybrid variant with a 2.0 liter engine running on the Atkinson cycle. The electrified four-cylinder mill is good for 141 horsepower (105 kilowatts) at 6,000 rpm and 137 lb-ft (186 Newton-meters) of torque at 4,500 rpm.
The big news, however, is the Honda Integra Hatchback 240 Turbo. This is a version of the car with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, producing 180 hp (134 kW) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. It can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT, depending on customer preference. As CarNewsChina reports, manual transmissions are usually reserved for cheap cars in China, making the new Integra a unique offering in the market.
In fact, Honda even made a few design changes to the three-pedal version to differentiate it from the hybrid model. A small rear spoiler and a diffuser with two integrated chrome tailpipes make this car look a bit more aggressive. It also features a two-tone exterior finish with a black roof and black door handles.
By the way, it’s worth pointing out that Honda sells both the Civic and the Integra in sedan and hatchback body styles. Although the similarities between the two are obvious, the Japanese company operates two different joint ventures in the country – GAC-Honda selling the Integra and Dongfeng-Honda selling the Civic.