Impreza’s sedan cheer
Subaru has finally hatched its new RS, writes JAMES STANFORD
THE Subaru Impreza used to be a sedan first and foremost, with a hatch in the background. So there was some surprise when the latest Impreza was released a year ago as a hatch only.
Now Subaru has finally introduced a sedan version of the regular Imprezas and the WRX, which has also been given a significant upgrade. The STI will remain hatch only.
The new Impreza RS sedan is 115mm longer than the previous model, 35mm higher and the same width.
The wheelbase is 95mm longer and the width across the axles (track) has increased 10 to 15mm.
It is about 30kg heavier for a total of 1340kg for the RS manual. The previous sedans didn’t have a 60/40 rear split-fold seat but, thankfully, this practical feature has been included this time round.
With the rear seats in place, the boot space is 420 litres, which is not huge but on par for this class.
The 2.0-litre horizontally opposed (boxer) engine has 8kW less than the previous model, but 10Nm more. That means a peak of 110kW and a total of 196Nm.
The RS engine is the same as those in the R and RX Impreza models. This wasn’t always the case. Subaru sold an RS from 2001 that had a 2.5-litre four that had 112kW and 223Nm.
The RS model was dropped in 2005, but the nameplate returned with the new range when the new model was introduced in 2007.
A five-speed manual is standard transmission for the Impreza sedan and a four-speed automatic is available for an extra $2000.
Official fuel consumption for the manual RS comes in at 8.9 litres, which is higher than most of its rivals.
Like all other Subarus sold in Australia, the Impreza sedans run a constant all-wheel-drive system, which is rare in the small-car class.
The Impreza sedan shares the same five-star ANCAP crash safety rating.
Dress to Impreza: the Subaru Impreza RS sedan runs a constant all-wheel-drive system, which is unusual in the small-car class.