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.