2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: Subaru Impreza image

The Japanese automaker has decided to present in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show the all-new generation of the iconic Impreza, complete with European specification.

The all-new Impreza, with its brand new modular global architecture, was first seen in North American Specification since this summer, but it has now travelled to the Old Continent in complete European trim in order to appear at the 2017 IAA in Frankfurt. Unfortunately for fans of the symmetrical AWD power, the hotter WRX and hardcore WRX STI versions weren’t present along with the standard Impreza – but the new version does come larger, safer and even more practical. Standard versions include the Impreza 1.6 packing 115 hp and the 2.0-liter gasoline boxer derivation delivering 156 hp (116 kW), both featuring the iconic Symmetrical All-wheel Drive and less interesting Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission.

2017 Frankfurt Motor Show Subaru Impreza 8

The four-wheel compact is certainly an oddity in the segment, but it’s at least in line with all other modern introductions in terms of safety features: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, blind spot, and tiredness warning, among others, come standard. The new global platform – shared with the XV – should do wonders in terms of stiffness and thus improve handling. Inside, passengers will have more room thanks to the addition of 25 mm to the wheelbase, and the dashboard includes an eight-inch color touchscreen with DAB, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.