Subaru has unveiled the latest-generation Impreza for Europe in full at the Frankfurt Motor Show following the initial release of details and images in early July.
The latest Impreza is just the second model underpinned by Subaru’s Global Platform and the Japanese automaker claims that its stiffer chassis results in improved responsiveness, handling and acceleration.
When the vehicle is launched in the UK, it will initially be available with a 1.6-liter boxer engine before a 2.0-liter boxer is added to the range at a later date. Subaru says 70 per cent of the components of the revised 1.6-liter engine have been redesigned and that it now delivers 114 PS at 6,200 rpm and 111 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. By comparison, the 2.0-liter will offer up 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 145 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm.
Both engines are mated exclusively to the company’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission working on conjunction with a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
Elsewhere, the new Subaru Impreza remains focused on keeping the driver safe, much like other Subaru models. As a result, it includes the firm’s EyeSight driver assist technology and also has Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Additionally, the new Global Platform is stronger than the architecture it replaces and has the potential to maintain the highest standard of collision safety through to 2025, Subaru claims. This is primarily due to its improved collision energy absorption.
Visually, the new Impreza isn’t a dramatic departure from the model it replaces and remains instantly identifiable. Some of the most apparent exterior changes include new headlights and taillights and its updated hexagonal front grille. The car will be offered in the UK in five colors; Crystal White Pearl, Venetian Red Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl and Dark Grey Metallic.
In the U.S., sales of the updated Impreza will commence in the fall with prices starting at $18,495.