First introduced when Acura arrived in Canada in 1987, the iconic Integra nameplate is returning to the spotlight, promising a familiar spirit and legacy-spanning Precision Crafted Performance that is true to the DNA of the original model.
Acura announced the new-generation Integra during Monterey Car Week with a display of drone-ferrying lights outlining a compact two-door hatchback, with iconic pop-up headlights and boxy appearance, emblematic of the ’80s Integra two-door design.
The series of lights continued, announcing “Integra returns 2022,” a decision allegedly made six years ago according to Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda. While many details as to the next-generation Integra’s platform and production are still in the dark, the returning model is likely to be a hybrid vehicle, following Acura’s electrification goals.
With auto enthusiasts calling back to their first experiences with the original Integra during its reign, Ikeda notes, “it will live up to the hype,” fueling the excitement as eager eyes turn to Acura in the coming years, waiting to catch a glimpse at a new point in the manufacturer’s history.
Acura has further teased the upcoming Integra with an image of the car’s new checkmark-shaped LED headlight on the brand website. The image also reveals a small slice of the Integra’s new grille, but little else.
How do you interpret Acura’s Integra signalling? Will the car be electric? Four-doors or two? Will they keep it true to the original and go for points in the nostalgia category? Or look to revitalize the nameplate, bumper to boot, for the future?
Taking the time to make your Acura look its absolute best can be a rewarding process. But we believe that drivers should spend more time behind the wheel instead of suffering the many trials of detailing, so we’ve rounded up five tips to take the guesswork out of making your vehicle look its best this summer.
Providing your Acura with a shampoo and wax every 2 weeks is not only a great way to keep it looking spotless on the summer roads, but it also protects from an unwanted buildup of abrasive materials that could lead to damage or rust. Be sure to use automotive wash and wax to keep your paint spotless and protected.
Skip the sponge
Opting for a soft microfibre cloth instead of the traditional yellow sponge will offer a much better clean. Microfibre cloths make it easier to wash, rinse and dry your vehicle, avoiding scrubbing away or scratching the paint. Remember to keep your dry and wet cloths separate, take off any labels and rinse your cloth regularly during cleaning to prevent dirt buildup.
Clear as crystal
Window streaks are a nuisance to every driver. To catch them on cleaning day, get into a habit of wiping your windows in two directions. For example, wipe vertically outside and horizontally inside. In doing this, you’ll be able to determine which side of the glass the streak is on. Don’t forget to roll the windows down by two inches to clean the top of the glass.
More than a vacuum
Bits of dirt will often linger within the carpet after a vacuum. Try using a latex glove to create static within the carpet or lightly brush the carpet fibres with a nylon brush to release the dirt bits. Utilizing a carpet brush vacuum attachment will also aid this process.
Tires last, always
When the work is done, and your Acura is sparkling under the summer sun, take the time to detail your wheels and tires. This process should always be done last, as dressings or treatments often contain silicone that shouldn’t be on the bodywork before waxing.
Of course, we’d be happy to take all the guesswork and labour out of your next detailing. Policaro Acura offers several exceptional detailing services and packages to get your Acura summer-ready. Pre-book a service with us and have your vehicle tops for your summer road trips.
Since 2001, the Type S moniker has been a representation of Acura’s highest-performing models, offering drivers an unparalleled experience behind the wheel with precision handling, assertive braking and powerful performance.
For nearly a decade, Acura redefined the expectations of a Type S model, through vehicles such as the Acura CL, TL, RSX and CSX. Now, after another decade of automotive evolution and the absence of a Type S model, Acura has introduced a new generation of high-performance variants with the 2021 TLX Type S and the 2022 MDX Type S.
To honour the new models, we’re looking back at the history that led to them. This is a brief history of the Acura Type S lineage:
Acura CL Type S
The first North American Type S arrived in the 2001 Acura CL. The sedan was Acura’s first commercial attempt at delivering the highest level of performance for a vehicle class, with a 3.2-litre V6 engine outputting 260 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque between 3,500 and 5,500 rpm. As the years progressed, the five-speed automatic transmission with the manual gear-change system evolved to a 6-speed manual transmission, along with a sport-tuned suspension, quicker steering and 17-inch wheels.
Acura TL Type S
Several TL models held the Type S moniker over the first decade, the first debuting one year after the CL Type S. The 2002 Acura TL Type S had similar performance components as the CL until its third-generation appeared in 2007. This new TL Type S featured a 3.5-litre V6 engine making 286 hp and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Acura RSX Type S
In 2002, the RSX joined the lineup with a new 2.0-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder putting out 200 hp and also connected to a 6-speed manual transmission. This model later underwent additional aesthetic and performance changes, receiving a larger rear wing and a 10-hp boost.
Acura CSX Type S
Nearing the end of the decade, the 2007 CSX Type S took to Canadian streets exclusively with a 2.0 litre I4, i-VTEC engine (197 hp) and a 6-speed manual transmission. The sporty rear spoiler featured embedded LED brake lights, while the cabin received an upgraded audio system with Bluetooth and USB integration.
Holding the first Type S badge in 13 years, the 2021 Acura TLX Type S carried a weight of anticipation to its online pre-sale, selling out of its exclusive 119 units to Canadians in eight hours.
While eager luxury vehicle enthusiasts can expect the first allotment of TLX Type S models to arrive in Canada in June, consumers interested in getting behind the wheel of Acura’s most-anticipated performance sedan are encouraged to put their name on the waiting list for the 240 additional units being made available in Canada.
The TLX Type S marks history as Acura’s most-powerful Type S model, with a 3.0-litre Type S Turbo V6, producing 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. This power, built on decades of performance engine development, is distributed through the automatic 10-speed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with true torque vectoring, another first for the Type S moniker.
Further building on the second-generation TLX standard model, the Type S has the best handling in the badges’ two-decade legacy credited to its sport-tuned chassis, double-wishbone front suspension and powerfully responsive Brembo brakes. The Type S-exclusive Sport+ driving mode has been further engineered for driving comfort and additional performance.
The all-new and exclusive Tiger Eye Pearl paint is one of six colour choices to accentuate the TLX’s muscular demeanour, paired with two interior options and Type S trim signatures, including: an open-surface diamond pentagon grille for increased airflow, large-quad exhaust outlets, and lightweight 20-inch wheels fitted with 255-series Pirelli P-Zero tires.
Suede “Type S” embossed headrests feature on the 16-way power front seats, one of several interior upgrades including wireless charging, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a 17-speaker ELS sound system for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
Building on a legacy of reliability and excellence, the 2022 MDX is the first-ever sport-utility vehicle Acura has positioned as its flagship model. With an all-new platform, heightened driving capabilities and more powerful performance, there’s a lot to unpack about the fourth-generation MDX. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
What’s new for the 2022 MDX?
Acura’s flagship model arrives with a brand new platform, featuring its first-ever double-wishbone front suspension and an all-new multilink rear suspension, delivering confident road handling. Enhancements have also been made to the platform, introducing a new rigidity-mounted front subframe for increased stability. Additional updates include 30mm larger and 2mm thicker front braking rotors and an improved tire-road contact on the standard 19-inch wheels for increased handling through demanding corners. For more info on the 2022 MDX, read our introductory article here.
Bold and sophisticated, the 2022 MDX builds on the MDX model’s legacy in an aggressive fashion. An elongated hood and new oversized 3D diamond pentagon grille commands attention, while the sculpted body, featuring lower chrome trim accents, is illuminated by full LED taillights and Jewel Eye™ LED front headlights.
Where is the MDX made?
Production of the 2022 MDX is handled by Honda’s East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio. In the 30 years that this plant has been operating, East Liberty Auto has produced more than six million vehicles, including the Acura RDX, MDX and Honda CR-V.
Is the 2022 MDX be available yet?
Acura’s flagship SUV arrived available at Policaro Acura in March 2021. You can be one of the next Canadians to experience the new generation MDX. Book a test drive here.
Here’s what sets the 2022 Acura MDX apart from the outgoing 2020 MDX model:
First and foremost is the all-new, ultra-rigid platform underpinning the MDX, providing a solid base for the sizable SUV, which is 55.1 millimetres longer, 11 mm taller and 25 mm wider than its predecessor. That extra stretch in all directions translates to a full 10 per cent increase to cargo space!
Acura has also significantly stiffened the suspension (a full 45 per cent) thanks to a brand-first double-wishbone front suspension paired with a multilink rear suspension. The combined features of all-new belt-driven Electric Power Steering for more direct response and better braking performance make for a comfortable ride with improved collision safety.
Now in its fourth-generation, the rear-biased Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system has 40 per cent more rear torque capacity and 30 per cent faster front-to-rear torque transfer on the MDX compared to its previous generation.
For the 2022 model year, the brand added friction-reducing technologies to help boost fuel efficiency and power output on the returning 3.5-litre direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine, offering 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. That engine will be under all four hoods of all 2022 trims, including MDX, Technology, A-Spec and Platinum Elite.
And come summer, drivers will be able to opt for the Type S, which boasts a 3.0L V6 turbocharged engine making 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque and wears larger, low-profile tires mounted on 21-inch rims and backed by four-piston Brembo brake calipers up front.
Visually, the newest MDX takes a more athletic stance, leaning into the dominant look with a redesigned front fascia, grille and cab rearward proportion that allows for an extra 150 mm of dash-to-front-axle distance. A sophisticated and premium cabin comfortably seats seven passengers and is accented by a horizontal design theme and strong structural feel.
Acura boosted material quality this time around as well, hand-wrapping the instrument panel and using high-grade materials like open-pore wood, Milano leather and brushed aluminum to lend to the SUV an aesthetic befitting its flagship status. There’s also more room inside, including 10 mm more headroom and 60 mm more legroom in the rear, third row, which sits 50 mm higher.
The driver-centric cockpit features a new 12.3-inch True Touchpad Interface, part of the all-digital Acura Precision Cockpit replacing physical gauges. Able to convey driver information in two distinct and customizable Advanced and Crafted appearances, the display also includes a customizable content selection for functions such as navigation, trip computer, AcuraWatch, maintenance, tire pressure, SH-AWD® status and a G-meter.
Have any other questions about the 2022 Acura MDX, newly available at Policaro Acura? Contact us to request more information or book a test drive.
For the first time in the company’s history, Acura has positioned a sport utility vehicle, the thoroughly redesigned 2022 MDX, as their flagship model. It’s a title that fits the MDX’s sophisticated and bold redesign. Here’s why:
Advanced, driver-focused technology and an atmospheric cosmetic remodeling are far from the whole package features of the 2022 MDX. The fourth-generation model builds on the legacy of the MDX name with an all-new platform, a powerful engine and superior driving capabilities complemented by a luxuriously, sporty design inside and out.
The MDX’s new platform features its first-ever double-wishbone front suspension for incredible road handling paired with an all-new multilink rear suspension. With enhancements to platform rigidity credited to a new rigidity-mounted front subframe, the MDX is a stable, silent drive with an improved tire contact patch on the standard 19-inch wheels for increased handling through demanding corners. Braking performance improves on the 2022 MDX thanks to 30mm larger and 2mm thicker front braking rotors and a new electric brake booster that can better withstand hard stops without reducing vehicle performance.
The new belt-driven Electic Power Steering creates a natural, smooth steering feel that complements the MDX’s precise handling. Assisted by a high-output electric motor for a quicker steering ratio, the MDX offers agile low-speed maneuverability for urban settings and high-speed stability for high-speed highway travel. Standard on the MDX is the advanced 3.5-litre direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine with an output of 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. A range of friction-reducing technologies within the powertrain boosts power output and fuel efficiency. The Type S, scheduled to release in late summer is set to feature a 355-hp turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 354 lb-ft of torque.
The MDX’s performance output is supported by a revamped, fourth generation version of Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system, on the 10-Speed Automatic Transmission. Modified for greater rear axle bias, as much as 70 per cent of torque can be distributed rearward, on top of a 30 per cent increase in speed in altering front-to-rear torque distribution. The MDX can additionally vector all of that torque to the rear wheel that has the most traction. A control knob on the centre of the dash enables the MDX’s Integrated Dynamics System with Snow, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual settings, all adjustable on the go, each offering unique engine and transmission settings.
In addition to the mechanical performance updates, Acura puts forward an instinctive, “driver focused” cabin with spacious room for seven passengers, outstanding audio and safety additions and intuitive Precision Cockpit Digital Instrumentation. Open-pore wood, brushed aluminum and Milano leather deliver a sophisticated cabin aesthetic complimented by a hand-wrapped instrument panel complete with a 12.3-inch customizable True Touchpad Interface display. The MDX will be available in six interior colour designs, including Ebony, Parchment, Greystone and Saddle Brown, while A-Spec models will be available exclusively in either Ebony or Red leather with black Ultrasuede inserts.
The 2022 Acura MDX will arrive in Canadian dealerships including Policaro Acura in February 2021.
Every so often, you’ll come across a car campaign that stands out from the rest, from sweeping cinematics to the stunning vehicles themselves traversing the landscapes. The hook of a great ad can be powerful enough to bring droves of car enthusiasts to action. But for one Acura superfan, the draw to the brand alone was not enough.
Tyson Hugie from Scottsdale, Arizona, has taken passion and dedication to the Acura brand to another level, acquiring a handful of Acura models from the ’90s, turning a part of his house into a six-car garage, an homage to an Acura showroom of the ’90s, Motor1 reports.
Hugie’s extensive ’90s Acura lineup includes: 1999 Integra GSR in Supersonic Blue Pearl, 1996 TL 2.5 TL in Garnet Red Pearl, 1992 NSX in Formula Red, 1999 CL 2.3 in Milano Red, 1996 SLX Premium in Radiant Red, and 2000 RL 3.5 in Nighthawk Black Pearl.
Using his six vehicles, Hugie was able to recreate a 1998 Acura commercial almost perfectly using the surrounding desert landscape, despite a few paint colour differences.
In total, this collection cost Hugie a total of around $40,000, well off from what Hugie suggests is the collective MSRP total of over $220,000 and a cumulative 1,010,215 miles before arriving in Hugie’s collection.
Impressive collection, Tyson. Now that’s superfandom.
Excitement for Acura’s exclusive 2021 RDX PMC Edition SUV needs no exaggeration after the pre-sale of the 30 unit Canadian allotment sold out within 24 hours of going live.
Hand-crafted alongside the NSX in Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC), the Thermal Orange Pearl coloured SUV is a sight to behold, with as much aesthetic extravagance as performance under the hood.
The RDX PMC Edition takes the highest-class features from the RDX Platinum Elite Package and combines those sporty, aggressive bits with exclusive 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels, black chrome exhaust finishers and gloss black treatment on the roof, side mirrors and door handles.
Cabin features such as the PMC Edition’s orange stitching for the seats, door panels, centre console, steering wheel and floor mats complement the RDX’s bold orange exterior. While a 10.5-inch colour Heads-Up Display, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated outboard rear seats and 16-way power Ebony Milano leather and Ultrasuede trimmed Sport Seats allude to A-Spec and Platinum Elite stylistic touches.
Living up to previous PMC Edition models, the RDX PMC is also equipped with Acura’s innovative torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
As Acura’s top-selling SUV over the past two years, the excitement for this limited RDX variant is well-warranted. Customer deliveries of the RDX PMC Edition began Fall 2020.
Acura truly brought their A-game to the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, trailing with them a pair of race-spec 2021 TLX and a “Time Attack” 2021 Acura NSX, and breaking a previously established record from 2018.
With driver James Robinson at the wheel, the production hybrid NSX model set a new record time of 10:01.913, 0.5 seconds faster than Robinson’s record in 2018 with a 2017 NSX.
While both NSX models feature the same 3.5-lite twin-turbo V-6 engine, producing 500 horsepower and some 406 pound-feet of torque, assisted by three separate electric motors, one motor sitting between the engine and the car’s nine-speed dual-clutch transaxle, improved handling capabilities led to the new record.
Equipped with stiffer front and rear stabilizer bars on the “Time Attack” NSX, tweaked steering and the set of Continental SportContact 5P that provide more grip at lower temperatures replacing the Continental ContiSportContact 6 made all the difference for a record-breaking timed lap in an environment of thinner air and cooler temperatures.
Both race-spec 2021 TLX models made a performative debut at the gruelling Race to the Clouds hill-climb event ahead of this second-generation sport sedan’s consumer release in the Fall of 2020.
Acura’s Ohio R&D racers Jordan Guitar and Justin Lumbard finished fifth and sixth respectfully in the Exhibition Class. Lumbard, a rookie of Pike Peaks, completed lap time of 12:10.008, while Guitar finished with a lap time of 11:37.219.
Two versions of the 2021 Acura TLX will be available in the market. The standard TLX 2.0 is the first to arrive, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Some 66 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque more than the outgoing model, tending to Acura’s promise of making the TLX the “quickest, best-handling, and most well-appointed sport sedan in the brand’s 35-year history.”
As for the performance-spec TLX Type S, its prototype debuting as the official pace car for the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, its anticipated release isn’t scheduled until Spring 2021. Packed with new features and technologies and powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V-6 that will produce around 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, including the Acura’s fourth-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), the Type S is reportedly set to cost more than $50,000.
For the past nine years, Pikes Peak has served as Acura’s testing grounds for their performance technologies and an opportunity for their company’s volunteer race team to hone their racing skills.