The biggest novelty is represented by the first use of the Subaru Global Platform architecture which aims to bring enhanced agility, comfort, crash protection, and driving pleasure. Compared to the previous generation, the revamped Impreza is 1.6 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider, while the wheelbase has been stretched by one inch. The elongated wheelbase enables a roomier cabin while the 0.4-inch height decrease has improved aerodynamics by lowering the drag coefficient.
The new platform that serves as foundation for both body styles brings a massive 50% decrease in body roll and a 70% boost in body rigidity. Subaru’s engineers have installed a strut front suspension combined with an independent wishbone rear suspension and a rear stabilizer bar installed directly to the body. Those willing to upgrade to the Impreza Sport will also take advantage of special suspension tuning and active torque vectoring.
The 2.0-liter Boxer engine now benefits from direct fuel injection and other upgrades which help increase output from the previous 148 hp to 152 hp. The more expensive versions will receive a revised continuously variable transmission equipped with a seven-speed manual mode.
On the safety front, the 2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan and 5-Door will get the latest EyeSight system encompassing automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. The list of safety kit doesn’t end here as there’s also rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection, high beam assist, and steering responsive headlights. As standard, the new Impreza will have LED daytime running lights, front seat airbags, side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag.
Subaru will sell the 2017 Impreza in four trim levels: 2.0i base, Premium, Sport, and Limited. As standard, the car gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system which has support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Power door locks and side mirrors are also standard, along with front power auto up/down windows, 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, and a telescopic steering column.
Upgrade to Premium and you get 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, heated front seats, windshield and mirrors, as well as roof rails on the 5-Door. In addition, the Impreza Premium has the Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security pack and the possibility to opt for a power moonroof.
The high-end Limited gets LED steering responsive headlights, standard 17-inch wheels, leather interior, 8-inch screen, keyless access & push-button start, and automatic climate control system. For the first time on the Impreza, an optional Harman Kardon sound system will be available.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan and 5-Door are programmed to go on sale later this year.