It's been interesting scrolling through all the responses to the Integra so far from news outlets and posts on social media.

From what I've seen it's kind of a mixed bag. For the most part the response is positive but there are people who aren't as fond of it (which is to be expected). But I think when Acura unveils the full lineup and production model that will change.

Acura says this is an Integra for a next generation. Style and versatility were important for getting this car to hit in the right spot of the market. As a five-door liftback, it’s sporty and versatile to fit normal everyday people’s lives, but with some fun involved to keep things interesting. It’s obviously styled in a way that keeps Acura’s look in a smaller and sportier package.

Thursday’s festivities were regrettably absent of tangible details about the car. Instead, we can talk design. Which is fine, I suppose; it’s certainly not bold or surprising, and probably more bloated and ungainly than I suspect most fans desired. The last Integra was a modest, attractive wedge with funky four-eyed headlights; the new one is tall, a little dowdy and can’t quite pull off the hawk-eyed corporate face that the TLX wears so handsomely.

Moving to the back, the taillights are a dead ringer for those on the old Genesis Coupe. You might mistake the Integra for that Hyundai in traffic, if not for the Integra logotype embossed into the rear bumper, just as it’s embossed into the front one below the right headlight. Much like the yellow paint, that cue represents a callback to the Integras of yore. I can’t say the same for the questionable oversized decal strewn across the side. It looks woefully dated, and part of me wonders if it was an attempt to slim down the car’s profile with a touch of black for its first impression.

The new Integra shares a lot of its underpinnings with the new Honda Civic Si, but the hatchback body style is unique to Acura. (That's why Honda doesn't do a five-door Civic Si.) We'd previously seen teaser images of the Integra's headlight and roofline, so the final design isn't a total surprise, but we still dig the way it looks. The prototype rides on 19-inch wheels and has slim LED lighting at all four corners, along with Acura's signature pentagon grille and spear-like side surfacing. One of the coolest details are the embossed Integra scripts at the base of the head- and taillights. The Integra's hatch and greenhouse also look a little cleaner than the Civic's, thanks to the removal of the weird kink on the D-pillar. Hopefully the production car will keep the same bright Indy Yellow Pearl color and side graphics as this prototype, too.

First of all, the elephant: Does it look like the Civic upon which it’s based? Sure, it does! Did the brand write the word “Integra” in big block letters on the side of the prototype as if to say “this is not a Civic”? Sure, it did.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to welcome. What we do know – that the 2023 Integra will be an approximately US$30,000 ($37,700) five-door hatchback (a.k.a. liftback) with a peppy turbo engine and an available manual transmission – has us excited to learn more.