New platform and direct injection for Subaru’s sporty compact

Previewed by a concept car introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the next-generation Subaru Impreza has been unveiled in production form at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The brand’s new four-door compact rides on the Subaru Global Platform, a new architecture that will underpin all of the company’s upcoming models. Much like the previous generation, the new Impreza offers a five-door hatchback version, which was also unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

The fifth-gen model has been redesigned inside and out, receiving a revised boxer engine with slightly more horsepower and enhanced fuel economy. More significant improvements were made in the safety department thanks to a stiffer body, plus updated or added driver-assist features. Keep reading to find out more.

Updated 10/19/2016: Subaru announced prices for the 2017 Impreza sedan which arrive at dealerships later this year. 5-speed manual models will be available in early 2017.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Subaru Impreza.

  • 2017 Subaru Impreza
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    2017
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    inline-4
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    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    20000 (Est.)
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Exterior

Styling-wise, the new Impreza is based on the concept we saw at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but, not surprisingly, most features have been toned down. Up front, cues that are reminiscent of the Impreza Concept include the grille with its redesigned and blacked-out mesh and the new bumper with the thinner center intake and revised side vents. The latter have smaller black inserts, and come devoid of the chrome trim seen on the previous model. The "hawk-eye" headlamps have also been redesigned, and although they look sportier now, they have very little in common with the concept’s as they are missing the fancy, C-shaped LED pattern. The engine hood is also new, and unlike its predecessor, it no longer extends into the grille.

Styling-wise, the new Impreza is based on the concept we saw at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but, not surprisingly, most features have been toned down

The side view is where Subaru kept most of the features seen on the concept, including the arched front fenders and the beefy rear haunches. The Impreza now has a more athletic waistline that gives it a sportier stance, even without the WRX package. The wheels look they are based on the concept’s as well, while the side skirts are more aggressive than last year’s model.

Significant changes are noticeable around back as well, starting with the redesigned bumper and the new taillights. Based on the concept’s, the taillights are slightly bigger and are a radical departure compared to the previous model, this time around extending well into the trunk lid. The license plate recess is slightly thinner and longer, giving the sedan a wider stance. Atop the trunk lid, there’s a new spoiler finished in black. Down below, the Impreza features the same black-painted plastic piece underneath the bumper.

Overall, the new Impreza looks fresh, and it sports enough design cues from the concept car to be called attractive. It’s definitely sportier than its predecessor, which was rather mundane for a sporty, compact sedan.

As far as size goes, the 2017 Impreza rides on a 105.1-inch wheelbase, up one inch over the last-generation Impreza. Both the Sedan and 5-Door are 1.6 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider than the previous model. The new Impreza also sits a half-inch lower, which helps improve aerodynamics with a lower drag coefficient.

Interior

The sedan features a fresh interior with a "multi-layered" dashboard that has redesigned A/C vents at each corner

The sedan features a fresh interior with a "multi-layered" dashboard that has redesigned A/C vents at each corner, while the vents on the center stack are larger and set on each side of the touchscreen. The latter is a 6.5-inch unit (optional 8-inch) with Subaru’s StarLink technology and features new menus and functions. The revised controls for the infotainment were moved below the screen. The center console is also new, featuring redesigned storage spaces and a new gear shifter.

The three-spoke configuration of the steering wheel was carrier over, but everything on it has been revised. There are new controls, a better-looking center section, and a larger aluminum insert for the lower spoke. Behind it, there’s a new instrument cluster. Other changes include sportier front seats and new door panels that boast a more upscale appearance.

The updated multimedia package includes standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Near Field Communication connectivity, all of which make their debut on a Subaru. A new Harman/Kardon premium audio system, Keyless Access & Push-Button Start, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle, and a CVT shift boot surround are optional on the entry-level models, and standard on the Sport trim.

Drivetrain

Under the hood, the Impreza received a revised version of Subaru’s 2.0-liter boxer engine that now uses direct fuel injection. Output was increased to 152 horsepower, a mild four-horsepower update compared to the previous model. Although it didn’t say a word about the manual transmission, Subaru mentioned that the highline trims will use a Lineartronic CVT that features a seven-speed manual model fuction.

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Naturally, there’s an updated version of the brand’s Symmetrical AWD system, specifically tailored to each transmission.

Of course, the big news here is the new Subaru Global Platform, which is significantly lighter than the previous platform and will help to improve both performance and fuel economy. The new architecture is also 70 percent more rigid than the current chassis, providing better driving dynamics.

Safety

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Subaru says it designed the new Impreza to provide even higher levels of safety than the outoging model. The new platform improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent, while the EyeSight safety system includes updated features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking with Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Subaru also offers Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them, and High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions.

Other new driver-assist technologies for 2017 include Reverse Automatic Braking, steering lines for the rear vision camera, and a four-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System that can detect pressure drops at individual wheels. Front seat side impact, side curtain, and driver’s knee airbags are standard.

Prices

Pricing for the new Impreza starts from $19,215 including destination and delivery, which represents a minor $125 hike over the outgoing model. For the base sticker you get the entry-level model with the five-speed manual gearbox, while the CVT-equipped version will set you back $20,215 before options.

Standard features on the base model include a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, power windows with auto up/down on both driver’s and passenger’s sides, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, power door locks and side mirrors, a multi-function display with fuel economy information, a tilt and telescoping steering column, security system with engine immobilizer, carpeted floor mats, and more.

The Premium trim, which starts from $22,015 and is offered with the CVT only, adds StarLink, 16-inch wheels, the All-Weather Package with heated front seats, roof rails, and power moonroof availability.

Moving over to Sport, customers will get exclusive suspension tuning, 18-inch machined wheels, Active Torque Vectoring, standard LED DRLs, a black front grille, and unique black cloth upholstery on top of everything that comes with the Premium model. This trim costs $22,815 with the manual and $23,615 with the CVT.

Finally, the Limited starts from $24,915 comes with a leather-trimmed interior with double stitching, six-way power driver’s seat (for the first time in an Impreza), automatic climate control, white instrument cluster illumination, and High Beam Assist. The Harman/Kardon premium audio system and navigation with TomTom maps are optional no matter the trim. This version is restricted to the CVT transmission.

Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
2.0i 5MT ‘01 $18,395 $19,215
2.0i CVT ‘01 $19,395 $20,215
2.0i Premium CVT 11,12,13,15 $21,195 $22,015
2.0i Sport 5MT 21,22 $21,995 $22,815
2.0i Sport CVT 21,22,23 $22,795 $23,615
2.0i Limited CVT 31,33,35 $24,095 $24,915

Competitors

Mitsubishi Lancer

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Around since 2007, the current Lancer is a bit long in the tooth, but several upgrades have kept it somewhat competitive all these years. However, the Lancer will be no more starting 2016, with the 2015 Lancer Evolution X Final Edition being the final iteration of the iconic nameplate. And, despite numerous rumors that Mitsubishi might develop a successor, the Japanese have yet to make an official statement about it. Meanwhile, the Lancer can be had with a choice of two engines. There’s a 2.0-liter inline-four rated at 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.4-liter four-pot that generates 168 horses and 167 pound-feet. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual, or a CVT with six-step Sportronic and paddle shifters. Pricing begins at $17,395 and goes up to $21,595 for the range-topping model.

Read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer here.

Honda Civic

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People often confuse the Impreza as Subaru’s performance model, but the truth is, the Impreza is the company’s resident compact family sedan that battles against the Honda Civic. Speaking of the Civic, it’s been a rough couple of years for Honda’s compact sedan. 2012 proved to be a disastrous year for the model, forcing Honda to revamp it just one year later. A year after that, the Civic received more modifications, resulting in a more masculine design that’s now a far departure from the shoe box look of the 2012 model. A complete redesign for 2016 took that even further, making the Civic bigger and sportier than ever. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-banger with 158 horsepower, and a turbocharged 1.5-liter that makes 174 horses, making both engines powerful enough to battle the new Impreza.

Read more about the 2016 Honda Civic here.

Toyota Corolla

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Any mention of a mainstream compact sedan will always lead back to the Toyota Corolla. As one of the world’s most iconic models, the Corolla holds the kind of cachet that very few of its rivals can compete with. That includes the Subaru Impreza. For 2014, Toyota gave the Corolla a full redesign, complete with dramatically improved exterior styling, and a fancier interior with plenty of character expressed in decent materials with good fit and finish. The 2014 Corolla also has a 1.8-liter inline-four engine that produces a steady 140 horsepower through either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. It’s not enough to reach the output of the current Impreza, but the Corolla’s overall new-generation attributes make it a real competition for the Subaru. Starting price for the Corolla is $16,800 and grows to $21,300.

Read more about the Toyota Corolla here.

Conclusion

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After years and years of using the same platform for the Impreza, Subaru finally gave its most iconic model a full overhaul. Granted, the production model is not as aggressive as the concept that previewed it, but the new design is definitely more athletic and a significant improvement over the previous sedan, which had a rather mundane appearance for a nameplate often associated with the World Rally Championhip. The revised engine is less powerful than we hoped, but everything else on this car is new, including the platform, which makes the new Impreza lighter, safer, and more efficient. It remains to be seen whether it will have what it takes to give the Corolla and Civic a run for their money, but the new Impreza looks promising on paper.

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Updated History

Updated 03/24/2016: Subaru finally dropped the final specification figures on the new-generation Impreza at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Updated 03/23/2016: Subaru dropped the first images and info on the new generation Impreza at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Updated 10/12/2015: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming generation Subaru Impreza out for its first test. The model is expected to go into production in the third quarter of 2016, with both four- and five-door versions being offered. As usual, Subaru will also offer both WRX and WRX STI versions.

Spy Shots

October 12, 2015 - First testing session

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Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc., which has experienced eight consecutive years of sales growth, introduced the all-new 2017 Impreza 5-Door at the New York International Auto Show, joining the Impreza Sedan that had been unveiled at an event the night before. The all-new 2017 Impreza debuts the Subaru Global Platform architecture that’s designed to deliver significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection and ride comfort and will underpin a variety of upcoming Subaru vehicles, including hybrids. As before, every Impreza is equipped as standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a boon to driving agility and traction and a key advantage over front-wheel drive competitors.

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The roomier 2017 Impreza models also debut the brand’s new design language and new driver-assist technology. Also new, multimedia features including standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and standard Near Field Communication connectivity debut on Impreza. The new Impreza will be available in base, Premium, Sport and Limited trim lines when it arrives in Subaru dealerships in late 2016.

Dramatic New Look on a New Structure That’s Future-Ready
Subaru’s new design language puts the brand’s signature hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights onto a more sculptural body, its athletic stance accentuated by prominent wheel arches and flowing lines. The dramatic new look carries into the cabin, with an outward-flow design that follows the front of the car. The 2017 Impreza rides on a 105.1-in. wheelbase, up 1.0-in. over the last generation Impreza. Both the Sedan and 5-Door are 1.6-in. longer than the outgoing models, and both are 1.5 in. wider. The larger dimensions create a roomier cabin, while a 0.4-in. lower height helps improve aerodynamics with a lower coefficient of drag. Although sleeker in appearance than the previous models, the 2017 Impreza Sedan and 5-Door preserve excellent all-around visibility.

The new Subaru Global Platform, together with the Boxer engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and EyeSight® that represent Subaru’s core technologies, constitutes the basic foundation of the next generation of Subaru vehicles. Impreza’s new platform incorporates new frameworks with optimized cross sections and highly stiffened joints between structures to significantly enhance straight-line stability, agility and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration and harshness to a degree not seen in the compact class. Specifically, the new platform increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70 percent.

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A lower center of gravity and revised suspension systems contribute to the biggest-ever leap in Subaru’s performance evolution. The double-wishbone independent rear suspension mounts its rear stabilizer bar directly to the body, which helps reduce body roll by 50 percent compared to the outgoing model. Greater hazard-avoidance capability is another benefit of the Subaru Global Platform’s inherent handling agility. In addition, the resolute straight-line stability that makes the 2017 Impreza more relaxing to drive is also an important constituent of the autonomous driving capability this platform can support in future Subaru vehicles.

New Impreza Sport with Active Torque Vectoring
Taking full advantage of the new stiffer platform and more powerful engine, the Impreza 2.0i Sport, now available in the Sedan as well as 5-Door, delivers a more fun-to-drive performance feel thanks to exclusive suspension tuning, 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels and Active Torque Vectoring. Subaru aimed for a new ride/handling balance benchmark in the compact segment. The Sport also includes a new 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which is available on other models.

Exclusive exterior styling and features setting the Impreza Sport apart include standard LED daytime running lights (DRL), black-finish front grille, body-color rocker panels and turn signal side mirrors. The Impreza Sport 5-Door features gloss black rear gate trim, while the Sport Sedan has a rear trunk spoiler. Inside the Sport, unique black cloth upholstery is trimmed with red stitching, a motif that repeats for the steering wheel, gear shift, instrument panel and door trim. The instrument panel incorporates exclusive Sport gauges and a Multi-Function Display.

The Sport comes well equipped, with upgrades over the Impreza Premium that include the Subaru STARLINK™ 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, and a new harman/kardon® premium audio system is available. Keyless Access & Push-Button Start, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle and a CVT shift boot round out the Sport’s enhanced standard equipment.

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New Direct Injection for Higher Performance and Efficiency
A revised version of the FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine gains direct fuel injection and other enhancements to boost both performance (now 152 horsepower vs. 148 before) and drivability. In highline trims, the Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) features a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission via seven pre-set ratios.

Another Leap in Vehicle Safety
Subaru designed the 2017 Impreza to provide even higher levels of safety than the outgoing model, which was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with available EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. The new platform underpinning the 2017 Impreza improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent over present models.

The EyeSight® system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning, plus a Lane Keep Assist function. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available. Also new are available Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them, and High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. All 2017 Impreza models include as standard equipment front seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.

The 2017 Impreza adds new driver-assist technologies, including Reverse Automatic Braking and the display of steering lines for the standard rear vision camera. Reverse Automatic Braking can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing. A new 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System can detect pressure drops at individual wheels.

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Four Trim Lines
The 2017 Subaru Impreza will be offered in four trim lines: 2.0i base, Premium, Sport and Limited. The 2.0i starts with an extensive roster of standard features that includes a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer, carpeted floormats and more.

The Premium trim adds Subaru STARLINK™ Safety and Security features, 16-inch alloy wheels, the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors and automatic headlights. Premium 5-door Imprezas also feature standard roof rails (not available on base 5-door Impreza 2.0i Sport). Stepping up to the Premium trim also brings wider option availability, including a power moonroof and driver assist technology systems. (The Impreza Sport is described earlier in this press release.)

Subaru has elevated the Limited trim for the 2017 Impreza into more luxurious territory. The exterior looks more upscale with LED headlights and distinctive “Konoji” LED daytime running lights (DRL) and standard 17-inch machine finished alloy wheels. The Subaru Impreza also has Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them. Judicious use of exterior chrome trim and turn signal side mirrors add a touch of elegance.

The Limited’s leather trimmed interior features double stitching on the door armrests and instrument panel, and the 6-way power driver’s seat is the first ever in an Impreza. Standard amenities include an automatic climate control system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Keyless Access & Push-Button Start and 8-inch color display. The exclusive instrument panel features white gauge cluster illumination, and new harman/kardon® premium audio is available in the Impreza for the first time. Models equipped with EyeSight technology also include High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. Lastly, the available navigation system now features maps provided by TomTom.

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Subaru STARLINK™ Means Multimedia and Connectivity
Subaru STARLINK™ Multimedia systems offer the latest in digital music playing, Bluetooth® wireless capability, iPod® control, smartphone integration and more. The display screen also provides the display for the standard rear vision camera, and the top-level system includes navigation.

The available Subaru STARLINK™ Safety and Security Connected Services give the 2017 Impreza one of the industry’s most affordable telematics options. Depending on the package selected, features can include SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts, Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

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