More vehicles powered by gas are arriving from Acura even despite reports from Automotive News (subscription required) report that claims it is the Acura Integra hatchback that was launched for the model year 2023 will be the last launch of a vehicle fitted with an internal-combustion engine. The report was in connection with an interview conducted by Emile Korkor, the assistant director for Acura nationwide sales however Acura’s spokesperson refutes the‘s conclusion.
Acura spokesperson Andrew Quillin shared a statement that clarifies the error. “The AutoNews article referenced is speculative, and not based on confirmed plans or statements. While we can’t comment on future product plans, the recently introduced 2023 Integra will not be the last new ICE vehicle from Acura. Acura will play a critical role in Honda’s transition to electrified vehicles. In fact, as we announced last fall, Acura will lead American Honda’s transition to electrification and digitalization. This begins with an all-new full electric Acura SUV coming in 2024.”
Due to the cyclical nature of Acuras like those like the RDX compact crossover, and the TLX large sedan, the transition to battery-electric powertrains is very difficult. Both models are scheduled to be updated in the coming months, however we are expecting that they will continue to use gas engines.
However, Acura is moving toward electric vehicles. Korkor in an interview interview in Automotive News published in December of last year said Acura is determined to move to electric vehicles, and that it would avoid launching any additional hybrid vehicles while it is making the switch from gasoline into battery-powered.
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The transition could begin from 2024, the model year in which Acura unveils its electric-powered SUV that will be developed through General Motors on its Ultium platform that was used in 2022 GMC Hummer EV and 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. The parent business Honda will launch an SUV built upon the Ultium platform in 2024. Honda (and most likely Acura) will also be planning EVs built on its own electronic:Architecture system beginning in 2026.
Furthermore, we may be seeing an electric NSX in the near future. Acura chief Jon Ikeda confirmed plans for an NSX of the third generation this summer when Acura introduced in 2022 the NSX Type S to mark the end of the second-gen model’s production. His remarks at the time indicated that the third-generation NSX will come with a different engine different than an internal combustion engine that is standalone like the first generation model, and a hybrid configuration similar to the second-gen model.
Honda is now revealed two electric sports automobiles One of them was described as an “flagship” model (shown above) and has proportions similar to that of an mid-engine supercar. The other car appears to have the dimensions of a front-engine rear-wheel drive sports car, and it could be a spiritual model that could be a successor to the S2000.
Update This article has been updated in order to reflect the information made by Acura and also to clarify that the Integra is not the first vehicle launched using gasoline engines.
Senior editor Kirk Bell contributed to this report.