Well this is arguably one of the most important new models for Subaru in decades.
The all-new, fifth generation Impreza is here, and while this may look like a conventional hatch, this car will be the basis for every new Subaru model until 2025.
So, is it any good? The 2017 Impreza is 95 per cent new, introducing a host of new safety, technology and improved dynamics to the small car space, along with larger interior proportions than before.
But more than that the Impreza is under pinnedby the new Subaru Global Platform.
It has more rigidity, has liberated more cabin space and is compatible with future alternative drive trains, such as hybrid technology.
For a car that Subaru claims is 95 per centnew, the Impreza feels remarkably similar to its predecessor.
No bad thing.
Boxer engine, all-wheel drive split, sure footed on the road.
Worth while changes – rigidity, better over the bumps, quieter on the road.
Quiet and composed driving experience.
The latest Impreza doesn’t stray too far from predecessors in the engine stakes, instead persisting with a carry-over 2.
0-litre boxer engine and CVT automatic.
The boxer engine is a little bit languid inthe lower rev range, but it is still effective.
Whining CVT transmission.
Sure, the Impreza is no sports car but it’s quite impressive, it sits flat through the corners, the steering has decent weighting and feedback.
Very poised, very refined on the road.
While the Impreza continues with Subaru’s conservative styling theme, its enlarged cabin is a much nicer place to be than before.
There’s a colour touch screen across all models, and the standard inclusion of Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
On the safety front Subaru has extended its Eyesight technology suite to all but the base model Impreza, bringing inclusions such as autonomous emergency braking.
Subaru has essentially held the line with pricing across the Impreza range, while also shrinking service costs – ensuring that the Impreza builds a solid foundation for the Japanese brand’s future.
Here are five things to know about the all-new Impreza:
Price – According to Tan, they will only have one variant introduced in the Philippine market for now, unless there is a clamor for more variants. “We can always bring in more variants if we have to, but according to our study, we will initially bring in the top 2 liter full option variant.” Said Tan. “The price? It will be Php1,380,000 for a 2.0i-S 4-door top end variant,” he added.
Platform – This is the first model that uses the new Subaru Global Platform which will be the basis of all other models. The new generation platform features improved active/passive safety, comfort and performance thanks to better chassis rigidity, more efficient direct injection engine, improved CVT transmission and weight distribution.
Performance – The new chassis of the all-new Impreza is 50% more rigid thanks to a specially designed glue for the welded joints and despite having the same weight as its previous generation model, designers traded this off with a stiffer chassis and better dampening materials, offering improved handling and cabin comfort. Its newly designed engine is matched with an improved CVT transmission that offers better output and fuel efficiency.
Powerplant – The new platform will continue to use Subaru’s core technologies such as the boxer engine and all-wheel drive system but in addition, it is now adaptable not only to gasoline engines but also to hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids, electric cars, and other types of alternative power units, thus making it future-proof for the next generation of Subaru vehicles.
Place – Motor Image plans to introduce the all-new Impreza in the Philippines at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) slated on March 30 to April 2, 2017. Subaru fans can also look forward to Russ Swift coming back to Manila to perform in the all-new Impreza together with the other Subaru models.
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