Subaru chas­sis

NZ Autocar - - Fyi -

The car’s cen­tre of grav­ity is lower, en­hanc­ing cor­ner­ing and sta­bil­ity. On top of all that, the sports vari­ants add torque vec­tor­ing.

Com­pared with ex­ist­ing mod­els, the new Im­prezas have a slightly longer wheel­base (+25mm), while length is up by 41mm and width by 38mm. Height drops by 10mm for im­proved aero fig­ures.

As be­fore, Im­prezas will be pow­ered by four-pot boxer mills, and a per­ma­nent all-wheel drive set-up car­ries over. En­gines are said to be 80 per cent new and the base model adds 2kW of power, the peak now at 112kW. The only trans­mis­sion men­tioned was the com­pany’s CVT, re­vised and now with a seven-step man­ual mode.

Im­preza picks up EyeSight col­li­sion avoid­ance tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing au­ton­o­mous brak­ing and adap­tive cruise con­trol on up­per tier vari­ants, as well as high beam as­sist (auto-dip­ping). A new fea­ture is au­to­matic re­verse brak­ing, pre­vent­ing bin­gles when back­ing up. Im­preza will also get the com­pany’s lat­est in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, with voice con­trol and a range of apps that can sync with a mo­bile phone.

The in­te­rior gains more com­fort­able seats, a 20cm touch­screen with Ap­ple and An­droid con­nec­tiv­ity, stitch­ing on the dash, and im­proved in­te­rior space. Lug­gage ca­pac­ity is also said to grow.

While Subaru NZ has ac­cess to both sedan and hatch, it plans to in­tro­duce the hatch only, and it won’t be on sale un­til early in 2017 due to global pro­duc­tion lim­i­ta­tions. It en­vi­sions a sim­i­lar strat­egy to its cur­rent Im­preza line of one high-spec 2.0 AWD model, though pric­ing is still to be de­ter­mined. It sees more po­ten­tial in the XV but this wont be avail­able un­til even later in 2017.

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