New Im­preza lands in SA, at a price

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AF­TER skip­ping a gen­er­a­tion, (if you’ll ig­nore the WRX ver­sion that was based on the fourth-gen sedan but didn’t wear an Im­preza badge) Subaru has launched its all-new Im­preza sedan in South Africa and the im­porter refers to its new four-door as “a game changer”.

Power is pro­vided by a new di­rect in­jec­tion, nor­mally as­pi­rated 2-litre petrol en­gine that pro­duces 115kW and 196Nm. As you’d ex­pect, it pow­ers all four wheels through Subaru’s Sym­met­ri­cal All-Wheel Drive sys­tem.

All lo­cal mod­els will be fit­ted with Subaru’s up­graded Lin­eartronic CVT gear­box which fea­tures shift pad­dles that al­low the driver to flick be­tween seven pre­de­ter­mined steps, or vir­tual gears as one might call them.

There is only one de­riv­a­tive for now and it’s called the 2.0i-S Pre­mium CVT. Though rather well ap­pointed it is tech­ni­cally a midrange model as Subaru will ex­pand the range with a lower-spec Im­preza and a flag­ship 2.0i ES Pre­mium this Oc­to­ber.

The 2.0i-S comes with leather seats (heated up front and avail­able in black or ivory) as well as dual-zone cli­mate con­trol, LED head­lights, auto wipers, cruise con­trol, high-beam as­sist, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing with lane change as­sist and rear cross traf­fic alert among other giz­mos. Also fit­ted is a 20cm touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with re­verse cam­era and sat­nav, and the sys­tem is also com­pat­i­ble with Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto.

The ES flag­ship model will add a whole suite of ad­di­tional ‘Eye­Sight’ driver as­sis­tance sys­tems, in­clud­ing adap­tive cruise con­trol, pre-col­li­sion brak­ing, lane sway warn­ing and lead ve­hi­cle start alert.

Should all of that not prove suf­fi­cient, the Im­preza is fit­ted with seven airbags (across the range) and its struc­ture and safety fea­tures have earned it five star rat­ings in both the EuroNCAP and Aussie NCAP tests.

How­ever, this much-im­proved model comes at a price. Al­though Subaru has yet to an­nounce prices for the base and flag­ship ES mod­els, the midrange 2.0i-S Pre­mium that’s for sale from now comes at R399 000. But be­sides the sat­is­fac­tion of own­ing what cer­tainly looks to be a high-qual­ity prod­uct, that price tag will also en­sure that buy­ers en­joy an air of ex­clu­siv­ity on the roads.

After­sales backup comes in the form of a five-year/150 000km war­ranty and three­year/75 000km main­te­nance plan.

Subaru’s new sedan ar­rives in one 2.0i-S spec level, but more are com­ing soon.

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