Underpinning the new small hatch and sedan is the brand’s new modular chassis architecture, dubbed Subaru Global Platform, while Subaru’s traditional horizontally opposed four-cylinder engines, and symmetrical all-wheel-drive continue.
Despite the overall form remaining faithful to the previous Impreza concepts, the production Impreza gains a simpler set of front and rear lights, along with smaller diameter wheels. These changes take away some of the sharper highlights of the concept pair.
The rising feature line through the doors, and blistered wheel arches (designed to emphasise the Impreza’s all-wheel-drive capability) remain, as does the winged front grille, and large, sculpted foglight housings.
Inside the Impreza twins adopt a clean new interior design with a dashboard that flows into the front door trims. Interior quality is given a boost thanks to optional two-tone interior trims, gloss-black and carbon highlights, and restrained use of metallic edging.
Tech highlights include a 6.5 or 8.0-inch touchscreen (depending on the model grade) equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Above the main screen a secondary display offers vehicle and trip information, with a third display nestled between the instruments.
A small growth spurt sees the new generation Impreza grow wider by 37mm to 1777mm, lose 10mm of height to 1455mm, and grow 40mm in length to 4460mm for the hatch and 4625mm for the sedan.
Subaru describes the FB20 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine as 80 percent new compared to the previous engine in the quest to deliver more power and improved fuel economy. The new engine is rated at 113kW, up from 110kW currently; fuel figures are yet to be released.
Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT automatic is available yet again, tweaked to deliver better performance and economy while reducing noise and vibration, and featuring a seven-speed manual mode. No mention has been made of a manual transmission yet.
On the safety side of things, the new Impreza’s crash structure improves energy absorption by 40 percent, while EyeSight forward monitoring, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, reverse automatic braking, and rear cross traffic alert are all available.
US customers will be offered four Impreza variants: 2.0i, Premium, Limited, and Sport which features LED running lights, a black grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, unique suspension tuning, red-stitched seats and a rear spoiler on the sedan.
While North American Imprezas will be built in the US, Australian delivered cars will continue to be sourced from Japan. Australian pricing, model range, and specifications will be revealed closer to the Impreza’s local launch towards the end of 2016.
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