• Is Acura’s Plan for a New Compact Type S Sedan a Hint That The Integra Name Could Make a Comeback?

Acura is aiming for the sky, and a new compact sedan with a type S badge is part of the plan

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Acura got us all excited with the new TLX sedan,, which is now available in a high-performance Type S trim fitted with a twin-turbo V-6 engine that should generate well in excess of 300 horsepower. But there’s more good news coming from a leaked dealership video that talks about a Type S version of the new MDX crossover. Acura is also set to launch a "new compact sedan" in Type S spec by 2022. This could also mean that the Integra could also make a comeback soon.

The Acura TLX Type S blends sporty looks with solid performance

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The new TLX Type S is quite the looker thanks to its black grille and bumper outlets, black trunk lid spoiler, and the black diffuser with vertical fins.

It also comes with a quad tailpipe layout that puts performance cars from BMW M and Mercedes-AMG to shame. It’s fitted with sports seats and a two-tone upholstery inside the cabin, and it’s just as safe as other Acura models thanks to the AcuraWatch suite of driver-assist technologies that comes standard. Under the hood, this sports sedan hides a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine. There are no official power ratings yet, but this engine was developed with help from the team that designed the V-6 hybrid drivetrain in the NSX. This means that power won’t be an issue. Reports claim that the V-6 could deliver in excess of 350 horsepower.

The Acura MDX Type S should be just as appealing

Acura Plans To Race Up Pikes Peak With A 400 Horsepower MDX Sport Hybrid
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Acura doesn’t offer performance SUVs as of 2020, but this will change in 2021. The leaked presentation shows that the TLX Type S will be followed by a performance variant of the MDX, and it seems that the beefed-up crossover will arrive in 2021. We already know how the new-generation MDX looks like from a leak that happened in 2019, and it seems it will be just as angular and aggressive as the TLX. Needless to say, the Type S version will have a similar add-on, including black trim, big exhaust pipes, a more aggressive front bumper, and even a race-inspired diffuser around back. Power could come from the same 3.0-liter V-6 in the TLX, but Acura has other options as well. In 2019, Acura raced a modified MDX at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that was fitted with a 400-horsepower hybrid drivetrain. A hybrid setup would make sense in an SUV, so I guess Acura could pursue that road to keep it efficient too.

A Type S sedan smaller than the TLX is set to follow

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The MDX isn’t the only vehicle set to come out with the Type S package.

Acura also listed a "new compact sedan" in its presentation.

Since the TLX is the compact that goes against cars like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Acura is obviously describing a smaller compact. As of 2020, the only sedan slotted under the TLX is the ILX. So why doesn’t it have a name yet? Well, it’s usual for automakers to do that in dealer presentations, so it could mean two things. The "new compact" sedan is actually the second-generation ILX. It could also mean that Acura plans to ditch the ILX name for a new badge, but it wouldn’t make much sense given the company’s current nameplate scheme and the fact that the ILX hasn’t been around for long. Either way, it will also feature a high-performance Type S model. This version won’t get the 3.0-liter V-6 in the larger TLX, but it will probably feature a turbocharged four-cylinder with more than 250 horsepower. The outgoing ILX comes with a 2.4-liter rated at 201 horsepower, but the Type S could feature the 2.0-liter four-banger found in the Civic Type R, which cranks out an impressive 306 horses and 295 pound-feet of twist. This way, Acura will have a proper competitor for range-topping versions of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, Audi A3 Sedan, and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.

The iconic Acura Integra could make a comeback

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Except for the NSX, which is technically a sports car, Acura doesn’t offer a two-door coupe. The company’s last coupe, the RSX, was discontinued back in 2006, so that’s 14 years without one. This could change in the near future as the new Type S designation could mark the return of the Integra. The Integra was first introduced as a Honda in 1985, and it was the first Acura model introduced in 1986 in the United States, alongside the Legend. The Integra was offered in GS-R, and even Type R trim for sports car enthusiasts, but the nameplate was discontinued in the U.S. in 2001 when it was replaced by the RSX. Acura’s current naming scheme wouldn’t fit the Integra, but the company could make an exception given that it is a popular model and the nameplate with the longest production run yet.

Source: Acurazine

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