We won’t have our first complete look at the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza until its debut at the New York auto show later this month. That said, the automaker’s PR department is all too happy to tease Imprezaphiles around the world with the first official image of the new car, along with a few bits of information.
Chances are if you’ve laid eyes on the Impreza concept shown at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show, the four-door model shown above doesn’t surprise you. The profile is nearly identical to the concept, lending the production car a larger, Legacy-like form. Predictably, some of the pizzazz found on the show car -- including the tinted headlamps, camera-based side-view mirrors, and large aluminum wheels -- has been lost in the translation to a production vehicle. No surprise, especially considering this is Subaru’s high-volume, entry-level offering.
Few details have been released in correlation with this image, but corporate officials are proclaiming the new car is expected to achieve a 36-mpg rating on the EPA’s highway test cycle. That’s a sizable improvement, considering the current Impreza achieved between 25 and 27 mpg on the highway, depending on the powertrain installed.
At first, 36 mpg may not sound like much when several competitors, including the 2012 Ford Focus, 2011 Hyundai Elantra, and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, attain 40 mpg on the highway. Still, the figure is impressive considering the Impreza remains an all-wheel-drive vehicle. In fact, the Impreza appears to surpass most compact all-wheel-drive competitors in this regard, including the Suzuki Kizashi, SX4, and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.