A few months before Acura brought the Integra back to North America, it was Honda who first revived the nameplate for the Chinese version of the Civic. Based on a sedan but with a slightly different style, this new car sold by the GAC Honda joint venture is made in Guangzhou. It’s currently offered with the familiar 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine producing 180 hp and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque, but a hybrid version is just around the corner.
As part of the homologation process for all new cars in the People’s Republic, the Honda Integra Hybrid has made an early appearance on the official website of the local Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Basically carrying the exterior design of the regular model, but without the dual exhaust tips. Additionally, the trunk lid now has an e:HEV badge to indicate the model’s electrical properties.
Just like the European-spec Honda Civic e:HEV, its Chinese sibling with the Acura badge uses a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine. The four-pot mill runs on the Atkinson cycle and produces a peak power of 141 hp (105 kW) at 6,000 rpm. While there’s no word on torque, it might make the same 186 Nm (137 lb-ft) at 4,500 rpm to echo the global model.
The MIIT docs don’t include details about the electric motor, but we’ll remind you that it produces 135 kW and 315 Nm (232 lb-ft) in the Civic e:HEV. The hybrid punch is great for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h).
It is worth mentioning that the Honda Integra is not a replacement for the Civic in China. The local Dongfeng Honda joint venture sells regular models with a global design of compact models in sedan and hatchback variants, giving customers more options to choose from. Ironically, the five-door Acura Integra liftback is not actually sold there.