After showing concepts of both the sedan and hatchback, Subaru has introduced the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza at this year’s New York International Auto Show. While the Impreza nameplate has a deep and storied past for enthusiasts, it has recently become one of Subaru’s most profitable platforms for those just wanting basic transportation. However, this re-engineered Impreza aims to bring both the enthusiast world and the average car-buying world, closer together.
Subaru’s new Impreza has many firsts for the company, including being the first of Subaru’s lineup to use the company’s new Subaru Global Platform architecture. This modular platform will likely be used to underpin many cars and crossover throughout the company’s lineup going forward. Additionally, it wears Subaru’s new design language, which intended to give the car a more athletic look.
Along with the Impreza’s new exterior, the car’s wheelbase has been stretched 1.0 inch in length and 1.5 inches wider than the outgoing Impreza. Subaru also lowered the ride height of the car by nearly half and inch to improve its aerodynamics and coefficient of drag. The car’s new chassis is also over 70 percent more rigid than the outgoing model’s, which is claimed to have improved the car’s ride and handling.
Staying true to its rally and off-road heritage, the new Impreza comes standard with the same Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that we’ve all come to know and love. Furthermore, in Sport trim, the new Impreza will debut with Subaru’s Active Torque Vectoring system that further improves traction.
To ensure customers were satisfied with the Impreza’s performance, Subaru added direct injection to its 2.0-liter flat-four engine, which gives the engine a 4 horsepower gain to a total of 152 hp. A continuously variable transmission is the only option at the moment.
Also, Subaru will offer the new Impreza with a host of available safety options, including the company’s EyeSight system, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and lane-keep Assist. The system however, has been upgraded to also include steering-responsive headlights and automatic high beams.
When the Impreza goes on sale later this year, Subaru will introduce the car with four distinct trim lines: 2.0i Base, Premium, Sport and Limited. The base trim will receive a 6.5-inch infotainment display featuring both Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay. Premium receives Subaru’s STARLINK Safety and Security system, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, and standard roof rails. It also has more options than the base including a moon roof and driver assist systems.
Subaru says the 2.0i Sport trim “delivers a more fun-to-drive performance feel” due to separate suspension tuning. It additionally receives 18-inch alloy wheels and Active Torque Vectoring. The Limited trim adds a host of features not seen on the other trims, including LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, standard 17-inch alloy wheels, Steering Responsive Headlights, 6-way powered driver’s seat, automatic climate control, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Keyless access, and a new 8-inch color display.
Both fuel economy and price have yet to be announced, but will likely be set closer the car’s on sale date.