Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid Launches in Japan
Subaru is launching an Impreza Sport Hybrid in Japan next month. What can we expect from what will be only the second hybrid in the Subaru range?
The Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid is the first ever petrol-electric Subaru Impreza and will only be available to customers in Japan.
It will become only the second hybrid in the overall Subaru lineup and follow in the tyre marks of the XV Crosstrek. Subaru aren’t giving too much away about the specs at the moment, but as the Impreza will use the same engine as the Crosstrek, we can make some educated assumptions.
As both cars share a 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder engine; feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT); are all-wheel-drive; and have high-voltage battery banks mounted under the floor towards the back, we can expect the Impreza to boast performance similar to the XV Crosstrek’s 160-horsepower.
Subaru say that the Impreza Hybrid offers “superb driveability” and that “the hybrid model further enhances the appeal of the Impreza Sport lineup by embracing Subaru design values to achieve its own sporty, top-quality exterior look and a refined, up-to-the-minute interior style.”
The latest Impreza will be able to do 48 miles to the gallon, according to its Japanese testing cycle and Subaru’s EyeSight system will come as standard on all Hybrid Impreza models. It’s designed to maximise fuel consumption by working in unison with the adaptive cruise control.
Subaru have also included some styling tweaks to the new Impreza in the form of revised side sills, a roof-mounted spoiler, an updated bodykit, LED tail-lights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside the Hybrid Impreza gets a metallic dash and the top-spec model features “Ultrasuede” seats.
The Subaru Impreza Hybrid will go on sale in Japan on July 10 and that’s where it’s likely to stay for the foreseeable future. There are no plans, it seems, to bring it to foreign shores just yet.