2017 Subaru Impreza Launched in Japan, Focus Firmly on Safety
New Subaru Impreza gets seven new safety features not seen on outgoing models…
The 2017 Subaru Impreza has just launched in Japan and it’s plain to see that a lot of emphasis has been placed on safety, with the latest iteration getting seven new standard safety features not seen on outgoing models.
For a start, both the sedan and 5-door Japan-spec Imprezas come with a pedestrian protection air bag for the first time ever. There’s also no less than seven occupant protection air bags inside as standard.
According to Subaru, every Impreza in Japan also features as standard the Advanced Driver Assistance System, EyeSight (ver.3).
The new Impreza gets a raft of other new safety features for the first time ever, including steering responsive headlights; high beam assist; a driver’s seat SRS knee airbag; and Subaru’s rear vehicle detection system
In addition to all the new safety features, the 2017 Impreza is the first Subaru model to utilise the firm’s new Subaru Global Platform. It’s said that this platform will actually boost safety performance further as it increases energy absorption in the event of a collision and, therefore, keeps occupants safer.
The Subaru Global Platform – which the automaker says is a Dynamic and Solid architecture – will underpin every new Subaru model produced going forward, improving both steering stability and steering response.
There are also some new additions under the bonnet, with the 2017 Impreza getting new engine technology. Base models in Japan boast a new 1.6-litre boxer engine, while a new-generation 2.0-litre direct-injection boxer engine is available elsewhere in the range. Subaru says that 80% of the parts in the new 2.0-litre engine are new.
The new Impreza also gets an updated Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which is a full 7.8kg lighter thanks to the engineers at Subaru. The automatic transmission also features an expanded ratio coverage (speed range), which improves acceleration performance and fuel economy.
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