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All-new Acura Integra is a five-door liftback

And it comes with a six-speed manual transmission

The battle between sport compact cars in America is brewing once again. PHOTO FROM ACURA

It seems like there is a resurgence in the popularity of sport compact cars in North America. Back in the day, this segment was dominated by Honda and Acura with the Civic and the Integra, respectively. And with the recent debut of the all-new Civic Si, Acura is playing catch-up with the rebirth of the Integra nameplate.

The Indy Yellow Pearl paint job is definitely the one to have. PHOTOS FROM ACURA

Casual observers might scoff at the fact that the all-new Integra is now a five-door vehicle. This is likely done to make the model appealing to a wider range of customers. But the automaker did its best to capture what made older generations so iconic. It gave the back end a coupe-like profile, and the rear window opens like a liftback just like the Integras of yore.

The hero color is a vibrant shade called Indy Yellow Pearl, inspired by the Phoenix Yellow paint job offered on the DC2 Integra. This is paired with contrasting Berlina Black parts like the 19-inch wheels, the radiator grille, and the trunk-lid spoiler. Finally, the model name is stamped on the all-new Integra’s bumpers.

The stamped model name is a signature Integra design detail. PHOTOS FROM ACURA

Under the hood is a 1.5-liter i-VTEC turbo engine. There are no power figures yet, but we suspect that they will be more or less similar to the Civic Si (200hp and 260Nm). What prospective buyers can look forward to is the availability of a six-speed manual transmission.

The all-new Integra will be built in the United States at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. Acura says that prices will start at the $30,000 (P1.49 million) mark. Market introduction is slated in the first half of 2022.

Miggi Solidum

Miggi is an editor-at-large at VISOR. Professionally speaking, he is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He writes the 'G-Force' column.