Subaru unveiled both the hatchback and sedan versions of its all-new 2017 Impreza compact car in conjunction with the 2016 New York Auto Show. The redesigned Impreza is slightly larger all-around than its predecessor: it grows one inch in wheelbase, 1.6 inches in overall length, and 1.5 inches in width.
The new Impreza marks the debut of Subaru’s Global Platform architecture, which the company claims increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by more than 70 percent. It also inaugurates Subaru’s new design language, which places the brand’s signature grille and headlight shapes on a more sculpted, flowing body.
The 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylinder gains direct fuel injection and other updates to improve performance; it’s now rated at 152 horsepower instead of 148. Subaru’s EyeSight safety features include adaptive cruise control, collision-mitigating automatic braking, lane departure warning, and blind-spot detection with rear cross traffic alert. A new Reverse Automatic Braking system can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing. The Subaru STARLINK multimedia system now comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
The model lineup ascends through base, Premium, Sport, and Limited models. As before, Subaru’s Symetrical All-Wheel Drive system is standard on all; the Sport adds 18-inch wheels, sport suspension, and active torque vectoring.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza is set to go on sale in late 2016.
The all-new Impreza sports a significantly “swoopier,” more dramatic look than its predecessor. The structural improvements of its all-new platform should make the Impreza a more capable handler, and the list of new features should help keep it competitive against its ever-formidable rivals.