Subaru unveils safer, sharper, more dynamic Impreza
It seems to have been a long time coming, but Subaru has finally lifted the lid on its all-new 2017 Impreza.
Subaru has been teasing us with promises and rumours about its latest Impreza for a while now, but it seems that all the waiting could have been worthwhile following the car’s long-awaited debut in New York last week.
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The fifth-generation Impreza is a very important vehicle for Subaru as it’s the first time we’ve seen a production car underpinned by Fuji Industries’ new global, modular platform – the Subaru Global Platform (SGP). And you’d better get used to said platform as it will also be the foundation for the Outback, the Forester, and every Impreza going forward, including the performance-focused WRX STI, as well as the rugged Crosstrek
Having switched over to the new modular platform the new Impreza is slightly lower and a bit wider than its predecessors. Subaru says that the new SGP increases body and chassis rigidity by between 70 and 100 percent. Furthermore, stronger joints between its individual parts reduce vibrations through the steering wheel, floor and seats.
More exciting, though, is the fact that Subaru says it’s lighter, more dynamic, more efficient and safer to drive.
In terms of design language, however, the new Impreza is nowhere near as aggressive as its concepts promised – something we’ve come to accept and which Subaru admits is often the case.
Nevertheless, the new Impreza still represents a handsome upgrade over previous models and the message from Subaru is very much one of evolution, not revolution.
Going along with the evolution concept, the new Impreza’s engine is a tweaked version of the previous 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, which now boasts 4 more horses (for a total of 152-horsepower). There’s also a choice of manual or continuously variable transmission, and as with every Subaru (except the BRZ) power is sent to all four wheels.
On the inside, Subaru promises that the new Impreza is more spacious than ever ad uses improved materials, which make the cabin look and feel nicer.
The new 2017 Subaru Impreza will arrive in dealerships later this year and buyers will have four trims to choose from: 2.0i base, Premium, Sport and Limited. At present, no information has been released about pricing.
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