Subaru – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:22:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 First Look: 2018 Subaru Legacy http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-look-2018-subaru-legacy/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-look-2018-subaru-legacy/#respond Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:00:01 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1103248 Shortly before it makes its official public debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Subaru pulled the covers off the refreshed Legacy sedan. For 2018, the midsize sedan wears an updated front fascia and rear bumper, alongside a massaged interior. If you can’t spot the differences between the new Legacy and the outgoing model, we...

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Shortly before it makes its official public debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Subaru pulled the covers off the refreshed Legacy sedan. For 2018, the midsize sedan wears an updated front fascia and rear bumper, alongside a massaged interior.

If you can’t spot the differences between the new Legacy and the outgoing model, we won’t deduct points – it’s very subtle. According to Subie, the lower grille inlets are wider, meshing well with new headlights and parking lights. Around back, the car is a tad bit tighter than before, especially with a new tailpipe design. Two additional colors are available for 2018, including Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl.

Underneath this updated skin, Subaru tweaked a few things to ensure the Legacy is smoother than ever.etuned dampers, more linear electric power steering, and a firmer brake pedal feel provides a more confident drive, while modifications under the hood result in a smoother and quieter powertrain. Legacys (Legacies?) equipped with the 2.5-liter flat-four now feature a quieter tuning for the CVT transmission and updated engine timing for better acceleration.

Inside, the center console is redesigned, alongside a new “real” stitching  detail on the interior panels on top trims. If you’re sick of both the black or ivory interior colors, the Legacy can now be had in a simple gray hue.

New infotainment features are also available for 2018. An 8.0-inch screen is an optional upgrade from the standard 6.5-inch unit, itself a boost from the outgoing 6.3-inch standard screen. For rear passengers with devices to charge, two additional USB sockets are in the back of the center console. Notably, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard.

It’s also a lot safer than it has ever been before. A suite of new drive systems are available, including reverse automatic braking, dynamic headlights, and individual tire pressure monitoring systems.

Look for more information on the refreshed 2018 Subaru Legacy after the car makes its official debut at the Chicago auto show.

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Six Cool Facts About the 2017 Subaru BRZ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/6-cool-facts-2017-subaru-brz/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/6-cool-facts-2017-subaru-brz/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:30:46 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1102147 1. The engine of the 2017 Subaru BRZ has been thoroughly overhauled Slight power gains of 5 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque are overshadowed by significant mechanical changes done to the BRZ’s flat-four engine for 2017. An aluminum intake manifold replaces the plastic one, a redesigned air intake system reduces resistance by 30%, and...

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1. The engine of the 2017 Subaru BRZ has been thoroughly overhauled
Slight power gains of 5 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque are overshadowed by significant mechanical changes done to the BRZ’s flat-four engine for 2017. An aluminum intake manifold replaces the plastic one, a redesigned air intake system reduces resistance by 30%, and the camshaft journals are now coated with a lower-friction finish. The aluminum engine block is more rigid, and inside are strengthened piston heads. Rocker arm pivots have been redesigned, as has the fuel pump, and a larger diameter exhaust manifold now leads to a reshaped collector.

2. The chassis is a bit stiffer, the suspension a bit different
The chassis receives thicker brackets behind the strut towers, a thicker transmission cross-member plate, and added reinforcements in the rear wheelhouses. The suspension receives slightly stiffer front springs, 10% softer rear springs, a thicker rear anti-roll bar, and revised dampers said to “improve comfort while retaining handling characteristics.” Opting for the Performance Pack adds Sachs ZF dampers, which further increase stability and comfort, according to Subaru.

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3. BRZ Performance Pack adds STI-like brakes
Opting for the Performance Pack not only adds four-piston Brembo brake calipers up front and two-piston calipers in the rear, it also upsizes the rotors. The front rotors are 12.8-in wide and 1.18-in thick, and the rears are 12.4-in wide and 0.79-in thick—same as the WRX STI. (For comparison, the stock BRZ has front rotors that are 11.6-in wide and 0.95-in thick and rear rotors that are 11.4-in wide and 0.71-in thick.) Larger brakes necessitated the use of a 0.5-in thicker wheel.

4. New digital display provides performance data
Nestled in the bottom right corner of the 2017 BRZ’s gauge cluster is a new 4.2-inch color display that shows typical trip computer data (fuel economy, range, average speed, distance, etc.) plus temperature and voltage, lateral Gs, steering angle, braking force, throttle angle, torque curve (graphically illustrating the BRZ’s mid-range torque dip), and it can also function as a stopwatch.

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5. The BRZ leads the industry in manual take rate
83% of BRZ buyers opt for a manual transmission. Only half of people buying the similar Toyota 86 decide to shift themselves, which is still a dramatic improvement over the car’s days as the Scion FR-S, when just 27% opted for the stick.

6. BRZ buyers are some of the youngest in the market
With a median buyer age of 36, the BRZ has the third-youngest customer in the market. (First place is held by the Subaru WRX (32) and second by the WRX STI (34).)

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Subaru Teases New Crosstrek Ahead of 2017 Geneva Auto Show Debut http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-crosstrek-teased-2017-geneva-auto-show-debut/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-crosstrek-teased-2017-geneva-auto-show-debut/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:30:29 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1100221 Subaru will bring out a new version of the Crosstrek on March 7 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Judging from a teaser photo revealed today, the Crosstrek—known as the XV in other markets—will sport a long and lean body with bold character lines and a sloped roof. The debut comes one year after Subaru...

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Subaru will bring out a new version of the Crosstrek on March 7 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Judging from a teaser photo revealed today, the Crosstrek—known as the XV in other markets—will sport a long and lean body with bold character lines and a sloped roof.

The debut comes one year after Subaru showed off its XV Concept in Geneva. Predictably, the production version has been toned down quite a bit.

In the U.S., the first-generation Subaru Crosstrek debuted for the 2013 model year under its original name, XV Crosstrek. A hybrid model was offered for a while but was discontinued in the 2017 model year due to slow sales. But overall, Crosstrek sales were solid last year, with 95,677 units sold, up 7.6 percent from the previous year.

Given that the Crosstrek is based on the Impreza, we can look to the completely revamped 2017 Impreza for clues on what to expect on the new compact crossover. The new Impreza sits on the Subaru Global Platform and features an upgraded 152-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine and CVT transmission. Like the Impreza, expect the next-gen Crosstrek to continue on with standard all-wheel drive.

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First Drive: 2017 Subaru BRZ Limited Performance Pack, U.S. Spec http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-subaru-brz-limited-performance-pack-u-s-spec-first-drive-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-subaru-brz-limited-performance-pack-u-s-spec-first-drive-review/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:05:01 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1099210 GRANADA, Spain — The fun but dodgy roads crossing southern Spain’s hilly countryside are hardly an appropriate venue for a dynamic evaluation of the updated 2017 Subaru BRZ. Fortunately, we were driving the car to one that is: Circuito Mike G Guadix, a private test track roughly 50 miles outside of Granada. The circuit has plenty...

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GRANADA, Spain — The fun but dodgy roads crossing southern Spain’s hilly countryside are hardly an appropriate venue for a dynamic evaluation of the updated 2017 Subaru BRZ. Fortunately, we were driving the car to one that is: Circuito Mike G Guadix, a private test track roughly 50 miles outside of Granada. The circuit has plenty of runoff and a challenging layout with a variety of corner types. And it sits at an altitude of about 3,000 feet, the thin air adding to the challenge. No wonder the likes of McLaren and BMW M come here to test their wares.

A snapshot of what’s different about the BRZ : updated front end with LED headlights and fog lamps; LED taillights; new wheels; new fender accent, new aluminum rear spoiler, new steering wheel, updated gauge cluster with a color multi-function display, retuned suspension, reworked engine internals and accessories that add 5 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque to the 2.0-liter flat-four, a new final-drive ratio for manual models (4.3:1 vs. 4.1:1 for 2016), a stiffer body, and less aggressive stability control that includes a new Track mode. Track replaces the 2016 model’s Sport mode and raises the intervention threshold even further.

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That’s a decent list of iterative changes fitting of a mild freshening. The Performance Package, offered only on Limited models equipped with the six-speed manual (as well as the limited edition “Series. Yellow”), adds Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers up front and twin-piston calipers in the rear, larger and thicker rotors (12.8-inch front, 12.4-inch rear), wider wheels (17 x 7.5 versus 17 x 7.0), and Sachs ZF dampers for a mere $1,195.

What it all amounts to is quite good. The car feels exquisitely balanced and poised, only getting squirrely when inputs are made improperly by a driver who needs to work on heel-toe downshifting. The BRZ’s great pedal positioning should make this an easy task.

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Steering is quick and responsive, though some likely would prefer it to have more weight; correcting out of an unwanted slide requires simple adjustments. The brakes resisted fade well during our aggressive but short track sessions. The pedal feels like mush until you bury it in the carpet, but the pressure gradient is predictable and requires only a couple of warm-up laps to get familiar with.

In fact, the chassis has plenty of pace left in it, but the Michelin Primacy HP tires don’t have nearly enough grip, with the rear breaking loose long before the suspension began to think about crying “Uncle.” A set of Michelin Pilot Sports or similar would do wonders for the car’s track agility. Despite the grip shortage and occasional inadvertent attempt at drifting, stability control never seemed to intervene in Track mode, earning Subaru another feather in its cap.

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Without a back-to-back test against a 2016 BRZ, it’s impossible to gauge just how improved the 2017 version is. The same goes for the regular 2017 BRZ versus the Performance Pack. That said, when looked at in a vacuum, the 2017 BRZ with Performance Pack is one of the most fun-to-drive cars on the market for less than $30,000, alongside Mazda’s Miata, which forces the owner to sacrifice even more practicality (a fact at least partially responsible for the Miata’s geriatric median buyer age of 60, according to data from Maritz Research’s 2016 New Vehicle Customer Study; the BRZ’s, meanwhile, is a youthful 36).

You’d be silly to skip the Performance Pack if you’re already looking at a BRZ Limited. If only a performance-tire package existed. And while Subaru’s at it, maybe it should add a turbo option. Subaru hinted something special is coming for 2018, but if you’re keen on acquiring a BRZ this year, there’s no reason to push off your purchase. Tires are easy to change, after all, and as for the turbo, you may end up waiting for a day that never comes.

2017 Subaru BRZ Limited Performance Package Specifications

ON SALE February
PRICE $29,960 (base)
ENGINE 2.0L DOHC 16-valve flat-4/205 hp @ 7,000 rpm, 156 lb-ft @ 6,400 rpm
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual
LAYOUT 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe
EPA MILEAGE 21/29 mpg city/hwy
L X W X H 166.7 x 69.9 x 50.6 in
WHEELBASE 101.2 in
WEIGHT 2,813 lb
0-60 MPH 6.4 sec
TOP SPEED 144 mph (est)
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Subaru Updates the WRX and STI for 2018 with New Face, Brakes http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-updates-wrx-sti-2018-new-face-brakes/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-updates-wrx-sti-2018-new-face-brakes/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:41:17 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1080877 Sorry, Subie fans – despite the recent debut of the 2017 Impreza hatch, there is no WRX/STI 5-door quite yet. If you can make do with 4-doors, both the WRX and the bigger, badder STI went under the knife for a minor refresh, available for the 2018 model year. Neither car gets any boost in...

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Sorry, Subie fans – despite the recent debut of the 2017 Impreza hatch, there is no WRX/STI 5-door quite yet. If you can make do with 4-doors, both the WRX and the bigger, badder STI went under the knife for a minor refresh, available for the 2018 model year.

Neither car gets any boost in power, remaining the same 268-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four in the WRX and the same 305-hp 2.5-liter turbo flat-four in the STI. Both cars receive a suspension overhaul, with modified “tuning” to improve handling and increase ride comfort. They both have a new schnoz as well, wearing updated front fascias for 2018, offering dynamic headlights for buyers who spring for upgraded equipment packages.

For the WRX, Subaru modified the shifter, clutch actuation, and electric power steering for better feel and smoother engagement, along with integrating components of the EPS to reduce weight. If you want more capability from the WRX, but don’t have the desire or the cash to hop-up to the STI, a new Performance pack will help owners meet somewhere in the middle. Check that box on the order form , and the WRX arrives with upgraded brake pads, moonroof delete for weight, red painted brake calipers, Recaro seats, and a new wheel design.

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The STI receives a sizable update to its drive line, now doing away with the previous mechanical-electric differential system in preference of an entirely electric one. New 19-inch wheels are wrapped with wider tires hide an upgraded Brembo braking system, now using a six-piston caliper in the front and two-piston caliper in the rear. New cross-drilled rotors are grabbed by updated brake pads as well, providing better stopping power and heat dissipation.

Inside, each WRX/STI is quieter, thanks to an increase in sound deadening and thicker glass. Softer materials are used throughout the cabin, and each car comes with larger infotainment screens, on both the standard system and the premium Starlink unit.

Finally, if you’re unfortunate enough to get into a fender-bender, the 2018 WRX/STI feature upgraded front crash structures for increased safety.

No word on price increases or availability, but we’d imagine the new WRX/STI to arrive toward the spring of this year.

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Subaru BRZ STI Sport Concept Ready for 2017 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-brz-sti-sport-concept-adds-bold-touches/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-brz-sti-sport-concept-adds-bold-touches/#respond Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:30:13 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1066689 Subaru is debuting one good-looking BRZ at the Tokyo Auto Salon next month. The coupe, dubbed the Subaru BRZ STI Sport Concept, delivers a host of cosmetic upgrades and, according to the automaker, “STI-tuned driving performance.” The model is based on the BRZ GT that’s sold outside of the U.S. Here, that model will be...

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Subaru is debuting one good-looking BRZ at the Tokyo Auto Salon next month. The coupe, dubbed the Subaru BRZ STI Sport Concept, delivers a host of cosmetic upgrades and, according to the automaker, “STI-tuned driving performance.”

The model is based on the BRZ GT that’s sold outside of the U.S. Here, that model will be known as the BRZ with the Performance package when it arrives in late 2017. On top of special touches afforded by the Performance model, the concept adds unique bodywork, special 18-inch wheels, and STI badging. Open the doors, and you’re greeted with a rich wine-colored interior.

Along with the special BRZ, the automaker will also showcase four race models, including the WRX STI NBR Challenge 2016 that won two consecutive championships in the SP3T class at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. The other three race-going models include the BRZ GT300 2016, WRX STI for Japan Rally Championship, and BRZ CG Robot Racing 2017. Also look for a WRX S4 STI Sport Concept as well as special STI versions of the Levorg and Impreza G4.

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Expect to see Subaru’s entire show car lineup leading up to January 13 when the Tokyo Auto Salon begins. Subaru also says it will make an announcement about its motorsports program at the event.

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First Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-subaru-impreza-first-drive-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-subaru-impreza-first-drive-review/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1033370 It appears the evolution is over. We’ve had Subaru Imprezas since 1995 and they’ve been cute, loveable, and reliable. Also cool, back when WRX was part of the Impreza lineup. But stylish? Not so much, though the design has been evolving. Now, with the 2017 Impreza, that evolution seems complete. You could park the little...

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It appears the evolution is over. We’ve had Subaru Imprezas since 1995 and they’ve been cute, loveable, and reliable. Also cool, back when WRX was part of the Impreza lineup. But stylish? Not so much, though the design has been evolving.

Now, with the 2017 Impreza, that evolution seems complete. You could park the little Subie next to a Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, or Ford Focus with pride, away from the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

As before, the Impreza sports two body styles, a 4-door sedan and what’s called a “5-door” that looks suspiciously like a station wagon. What the new design has is simply more character. The hexagonal grille is better defined, as are the so-called “hawk-eye” headlights. Thanks to sculpted lines along the flanks, the sides have added dimension.

Out back (sorry, no pun), the taillights are now in two pieces, one each for the body and the trunk lid/hatch. This change not only has a more substantial look, but also significantly increases the load space opening. Match that with the low weight and balance of the trunk lid or hatch door, and power assist is just a silly thought.

This design upgrade works nicely on the sedan, but even more so on the wagon, particularly in the way the design flows aft of the B pillar. Aero would vary somewhat from model to model, but Subaru puts a number of 0.29 on the Impreza. Two versions include an active grille shutter.

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As with the exterior, there’s a more sophisticated look to the Impreza’s interior. Much of the layout is similar to the past, like a two-instrument pod ahead of a button- festooned steering wheel in our upgraded test car. The center stack still has the 3-control ac/heating controls at the bottom. Look up and you’ll see the screen and audio controls are more prominent, now flanked by HVAC vents. Above that is another small info screen.

Subaru builds the 2017 Impreza on its new Global Platform, which will become the underpinnings of various upcoming models that will be longer, shorter, whatever. In the Impreza, the platform stretches the wheelbase an inch to 105.1. Overall, both models are 1.6-inch longer, 0.4-inch lower, and 1.5-inch wider. Given those dimensions, it’s no surprise that interior headroom is almost unchanged but shoulder and hip room get a slight improvement.

Let Subaru talk about that new platform and they happily go on about specifics like tailored rolled blanks, continuous spot welding, and structural adhesive. What you’d really care about is the 70 percent gain in the rigidity of the body structure, all the better for improved ride and handling and a quieter cabin. Then there’s the claimed 40 percent improvement in crash energy absorption and a lower center of gravity.

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Other tech notes of importance: Lighter weight steering with a quicker 13:1 ratio versus 16:1. Front and rear suspension layouts are as before — MacPherson-type struts up front, double wishbones out back — but modified. For example, the rear anti-sway bar is now mounted to the body.

In a nod to the future, Subaru points out that the new platform is meant to support not just gasoline-fired vehicles, but also plug-in hybrids and EVs. Makes one wonder what’s next?

On the matter of motivation, the 2017 Impreza’s flat-4 is the same — but different. Same in that it still has aluminum block and heads, 16 valves, and a 84 mm x 90 mm bore and stroke for 1995 cc. Still, we’re told that 80 percent of the components are new and the engine is 26 pounds lighter.

One change has the compression ratio upped from 10.5 to 12.5:1. The block is stiffer and, most importantly, the cylinders are now fed by direct injection. Torque is unchanged at 145 lb-ft, while horsepower increases a mere four to 152. No official 0-60 time, but likely in the sub-9.0 second range. Initial fuel mileage is pegged at 28-mpg city/38-mpg highway.

No surprise, every Impreza features all wheel drive, long a key element of Subaru’s appeal. Big surprise is that roughly 10 percent are bought with a 5-speed manual gearbox, well above the take rate of most every non-sports car.

Those who don’t care to row their own get Subaru’s CVT, which was said to have been redone to reduce weight; it now uses a shorter chain and has a wider ratio coverage. What’s important to those who aren’t fans of CVTs is that it has seven “steps” to mimic an automatic in manual mode. It works effectively via paddle “shifters” with little of the dreaded motorboating, but most drivers will likely just leave it in “D.”

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Driving the Impreza? As with the others in its class — Mazda3, Ford Focus, et al — it’s their size and nimbleness that make them both useful and fun. Load them with stuff and take a vacation or just a trip down a winding road with a smile on your face. Steering response fits this small car image, while all-wheel drive means the Subie knows how to respond to nasty weather. It’s sort of the state car of Vermont.

In fact, potential shortages of certain Subaru models have made the news in that state. The automaker is hedging its bets with the new Impreza by shifting production from Gunma, Japan to Lafayette, Indiana.

Here’s what they will be building: Subaru has simplified the Impreza line somewhat to four models, 2.0i base ($18,395), 2.0i Premium ($21,195), 2.0i Sport ($21,995) and 2.0i Limited ($24,095). Destination adds $880.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a rear vision camera are standard on all models. You can imagine the build-up from there — sound systems, alloy wheels, the 8-inch multimedia audio screen, leather upholstery, etc. Active torque vectoring is available in the Sport model, plus the latest safety aids, from lane departure warning to reverse automatic braking.

2017 Subaru Impreza Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $18,395
Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-valve flat-4/152 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 145 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: CVT
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan or hatchback
EPA Mileage: 28/38 mpg city/highway (est)
L x W x H: 182.1 in (sedan)/175.6 (5-door) x 70.0 in x 57.3 in
Wheelbase: 105.1 in
Weight: 3,034 lbs
0-60 MPH: 8.8 sec (est)
Top Speed: N/A
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First Look: Subaru Viziv-7 SUV Concept http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-viziv-7-suv-concept-first-look/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-viziv-7-suv-concept-first-look/#respond Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:00:39 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1020448 Bigger, cleaner, better. Here’s what we know about the Subaru Viziv-7 SUV Concept that made its world debut at the Los Angeles auto show. The Viziv-7 Subaru SUV, the name just rolls off your tongue, right? Subaru says the name is derived from “Vision for Innovation.” Its latest concept shows the size direction of an...

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Bigger, cleaner, better. Here’s what we know about the Subaru Viziv-7 SUV Concept that made its world debut at the Los Angeles auto show.

The Viziv-7 Subaru SUV, the name just rolls off your tongue, right? Subaru says the name is derived from “Vision for Innovation.”

Its latest concept shows the size direction of an all-new full-size SUV that will eventually go on sale in 2018. It measures 204.7 x 79.9 x 72.0 inches (73.2 if you include the roof rail). Its wheelbase is 117.7 inches long and tires are sized 265/55 R21.

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“The concept expresses our core brand values, safety, dependability, capability for outdoor activities and a forward looking attitude,” said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive veep, Fuji Heavy Industries, LTD in a statement.

“We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next three-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever.”

In photos, the beefy concept looks pretty cool. It resembles a slightly more modern Subaru Outback with an updated Forester light kit, but it still much larger than a Tribeca. Overall, it’s a much cleaner, four-door version of the Viziv Future Concept that made a bow at the 2015 Tokyo auto show.

Subaru VIZIV 7 SUV concept front end

Viziv-7 has an aggressive stance and a hexagonal black grille with a Subaru badge placed high near the top. It’s even with the boomerang shaped LED headlights that surrounds six gem lights on each side of the SUV. Below them, fog lights are deeply inset like big diamond rings.

The hood is short but thick while the side mirrors are small, elegant, and well proportioned. Short, thin turquoise blue light strips above each wheel well work well with the sandy, metallic matte paint. Around back, the rear light kit extends across the concept’s middle and a wide visor extends across the top of a big tinted window.

Judging from the size, dimensions, and roof rack it looks like a perfect family hauler. We expect it will sell well when the final version goes on sale in early 2018.

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Subaru Gears Up for 100th Anniversary Changes http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-parent-company-cuts-industrial-arm-focus-automotive/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-parent-company-cuts-industrial-arm-focus-automotive/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:00:42 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1011724 Subaru has been merely a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), which builds everything from generators to engines for construction equipment to aerospace parts. Now, the Subaru brand will play an even bigger part in its parent company’s grand scheme, as FHI is terminating its industrial products business to focus on its core automotive brand....

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Subaru has been merely a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), which builds everything from generators to engines for construction equipment to aerospace parts. Now, the Subaru brand will play an even bigger part in its parent company’s grand scheme, as FHI is terminating its industrial products business to focus on its core automotive brand.

This will end production of engines for industrial and agricultural use, and powersports vehicles like snowmobiles and ATVs. FHI’s Omiya plant has churned out industrial products for more than 60 years, but will cease production on September 30, 2017. Production of some engines will transfer to China as part of a manufacturing joint venture.

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In its “Prominence 2020” mid-term management plan announced in 2014, FHI listed “Enhancing the Subaru brand” as one of its main objectives. This move works toward that goal by freeing up budgets for the product development and engineering divisions and allowing management to concentrate on the automotive side of the business. FHI says the goal is to enhance the Subaru brand and achieve “even greater sustainable growth.” FHI announced earlier this year that it will change its name to Subaru Corporation on April 1, 2017, to coincide with its 100th anniversary. Prior to 1945, FHI went by the name Nakajima Aircraft Company and built some of the most feared warplanes of World War II.

Subaru has seen tremendous growth in the U.S. over the past few years. Through October, sales are up 4.2 percent with 500,647 vehicles sold so far in 2016 – bucking the slumping sales trend the rest of the industry is facing. However, as electrification and self-driving features inch closer to entering the mainstream, automakers are realizing the tremendous costs of developing these technologies. This could be one reason for refocusing the business.

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2017 Subaru Impreza Priced at $19,215 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-subaru-impreza-priced-19215/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-subaru-impreza-priced-19215/#respond Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1006280 The fifth-generation 2017 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback can be had for under $20,000 when they go on sale in the coming months. Models with the five-speed manual arrive in early 2017; sedans are priced at $19,215, and hatchbacks start at $19,715. Impreza models equipped with a CVT are available later this year for an...

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The fifth-generation 2017 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback can be had for under $20,000 when they go on sale in the coming months. Models with the five-speed manual arrive in early 2017; sedans are priced at $19,215, and hatchbacks start at $19,715. Impreza models equipped with a CVT are available later this year for an extra $1,000.

Standard features on the base 2.0i model include a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, rearview camera, carpeted floor mats, and power windows, power door locks, and power side mirrors. Base models are just $125 more expensive than they were for the 2016 model year.

Upgrading to the Premium model adds an all-weather package with heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer, heated exterior mirrors, and automatic headlights. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels arrive on this model, and wagons get standard roof rails. Only available with a CVT, the Premium model goes for $22,015 for the sedan or $22,515 for the wagon.

Enhancements to the Sport model include an 8.0-inch multimedia system, push-button start, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle, and a CVT shift boot when equipped with the CVT.  Sedans start at $22,815 with the manual or $23,615 with the CVT, and wagon models go for $23,315 or $24,115 respectively.

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At the top of the lineup sits the Impreza Limited, which starts at $24,915 in sedan form or $25,415 in the wagon variant. These models come standard with a CVT, automatic climate control, an 8-inch Starlink multimedia unit, and white gauge cluster illumination. Leather-trimmed seats come with contrast stitching. A six-way power driver seat is a first for an Impreza, and a new TomTom navigation system is now available.

Option packages in the Impreza lineup include a $1,000 moonroof. The most expensive package, priced at $3,845, bundles together EyeSight safety technologies, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert, a moonroof, navigation, and a Harman Kardon amplifier and speakers. Prices listed above assume a destination charge of $820, although that price varies in a handful of states.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza features a revised 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine making 152 hp. The model also sits on the brand new Subaru Global platform.

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