After an initial, limited sneak preview, the all new Subaru Impreza has been revealed in front of the audience of the New York International Auto Show in both sedan and hatchback, 5-door form.
The new generation Impreza is also very importantly the first model to make use of Subaru’s new Global Platform architecture which should deliver enhanced levels of agility, comfort, crash protection, and driving pleasure. The new generation Impreza is 1.6 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider, with a one inch longer wheelbase. The bigger cabin is also roomier and the reduced height of 0.4 inches has enabled better aerodynamics by lowering the drag coefficient. The new platform is also used in both body styles and will decrease by 50 percent the body roll while increasing by 70 percent body rigidity. The Impreza uses a strut front suspension matched by an independent wishbone rear suspension and a rear stabilizer bar installed directly to the body. The Impreza Sport will also bring a special suspension tuning and active torque vectoring.
The well known 2.0-liter Boxer engine has now been equipped with direct fuel injection and along with the rest of tweaks it has enabled a mild power increase from 148 hp to 152 hp. The premium versions will use a refreshed continuously variable transmission that also has a seven-speed manual mode. Safety wise the 2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan and 5-Door will use the latest iteration of the EyeSight system which bundles automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. Also available is the rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection, high beam assist, and steering responsive headlights. The trim levels include the 2.0i base, Premium, Sport, and Limited.
The base version gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, power door locks and side mirrors, front power auto up/down windows, 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, and a telescopic steering column. The Premium adds 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, heated front seats, windshield and mirrors, as well as roof rails on the 5-Door. Also standard is the Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security pack. The top of the line Limited comes with LED steering responsive headlights, standard 17-inch wheels, leather interior, 8-inch screen, keyless access & push-button start, and automatic climate control system – while for the first time ever there’s an optional Harman Kardon sound system.