The once-compact Subaru Impreza has put on some muscle, with the 2017 take extending the wheelbase by 1 inch, overall length by 1.6 inches, and the width by 1.5 inches, though its height has been reduced by 0.4 inches. The result? A sturdy, safe, and streamlined workhorse, that is also the first Impreza to be built in the United States.
Inside, not much has changed. Subaru appears to have done some housework to the console, tidying up the nooks and crannies that house two screens for the navigation and infotainment systems. But for the most part, it’s more of the same — a good thing for Subaru advocates who like sedans and hatchbacks.
Under the hood a direct-injected version of Subaru’s 2.0-liter boxer-four-cylinder engine is now reporting for duty, with an early projection of 152 horsepower. This represents a small, 4-horsepower increase over the departed model. Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes as standard.
A new Sport edition of the car adds torque vectoring to the equation, along with 18-inch rims and more aggressive exterior styling. Purists will be disappointed to learn that no mention of a manual transmission has been made yet; only an automatic transmission with seven virtual gear ratios accessible via paddle shifters.
The Impreza can be bundled with several features as part of the EyeSight active suite, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. A blind spot monitoring system is also available, as are headlights that follow the steering wheel while cornering.
The new Impreza will be available in base, Premium, Sport, and Limited trim lines when it arrives in late 2016.
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