China’s new Honda Integra is not the sports car you were waiting for

This is basically a redesigned 11th-generation Civic
by Leandre Grecia | Sep 30, 2021
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Your eyes do not deceive you. The image you see above is a new Honda Integra. Obviously, this isn’t the actual next-gen sports car that Honda recently gave us a preview of, as we won’t be seeing that one until next year.

This new Integra is basically an 11th-generation Civic that’s bound for China, only it’s been given a few design tweaks on the outside. Take a look at this one closely and compare it with the all-new Civic, and you’ll notice that this Integra features the same overall shape.

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There’s a new grille and bumper up front, but the sloping hood and the creases on the sides have been retained. The rear sees more changes, with a new pair of taillights and a diffuser underneath. But the resemblance is still noticeable, particularly with the sharp brake-light design that seems to be derived from the typical 11th-gen Civic. Two striking color options are available: Fiery Yellow and Emerald Blue.

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No mechanical details were provided, but the rear shows a 240 Turbo badge, meaning this Integra might be powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that generates 180hp and 240Nm of torque, and is mated to a CVT—the same powertrain available with the all-new Civic in other markets.

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According to PaulTan.org, this sedan was named the Integra because a Civic already exists in the People’s Republic under Dongfeng Motor Group and Honda Motor Company’s joint venture, Dongfeng Honda. This new Integra, meanwhile, is under GAC and Honda’s Guangqi-Honda. That clears things up, then.

So, what do you think of this Integra? Would you like to see this design (and those color options) land on our shores if and when the all-new Civic arrives here?

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