Well, it’s not an STI but it’s still something!
Subaru has pulled the wraps off its newest creation. This has been called the Impreza Sport Hybrid but before checking the photo gallery and rushing over to your local dealership to place an order, you should know that this has been developed exclusively for the Japanese auto market. The model in question is the second hybrid vehicle after the XV Crosstrek Hybrid and it is capable of eating up 4.9 liters of fuel on an average cycle (57.6 mpg UK / 48 mpg US), or the as the carmaker is stating, 20.4km / liter.
“The new Impreza Sport Hybrid is the second fun-to-drive hybrid from Subaru, following on from the Subaru XV Hybrid launched in 2013. The motor assist function offers smooth, linear acceleration, which is teamed with sharp, sporty handling to bring out the distinctive enjoyment of driving a hybrid model while achieving fuel economy of just 20.4 km/liter (JC08 mode)”, says the carmaker in its press release.
The Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid is making use of a 2.0 liter four-cylinder DOHC engine which is backed up by an electric motor and a high-voltage battery. Power is being sent to the all-wheel drive system through a CVT, which is the only one offered. Some of the tweaks which will help it differentiate are the modified front fascia, the roof mounted spoiler, the LED taillights, the Ulrasuede seats in the cabin, the piano black panels, metallic trim and blue accents. Only 500 examples will be put together and each one will start from 2,504,600 YEN, for the base variant, and 2,635,200 YEN, for the “S”. This is translated into a 20,300 USD starting price and a 21,400 USD for the more expensive variant.