2017 Subaru Impreza 02

Subaru has officially taken the covers off the all-new 2017 Impreza – in both sedan and five-door guises – at the ongoing New York International Auto Show. The fifth-generation car marks the debut of the Japanese automaker’s new global platform, which will be used to underpin its other future models.

Apart from lower centre of gravity, the new platform is said to offer 70 to 100% greater rigidity, and 70% reduced vibrations over the one it’s replacing. It has a body-mounted rear stabiliser, which reduces body roll by 50%, as well as 40% better impact energy absorption thanks to the intensive use of high-tensile steel.

Design-wise, you can see the new Impreza looks decent, but it’s almost a far cry from the concepts shown last year. The C-segment car highlights Subaru’s latest interpretation of the hawk eye headlight design, along with the hexagonal grille and triple air intake. The rear C-shaped LED lights are pleasing to the eye, but we’d take those on the concept.

In terms of dimensions, the sedan measures in at 4,621 mm in length, 1,778 mm in width and 1,455 mm in height, making it 41 mm longer, 38 mm wider and 10 mm lower than the outgoing model. The wheelbase has also been stretched by 25 mm to 2,669 mm.

The interior demonstrates an overall fresh layout, although the biggest change is the dashboard design, which features a larger colour touch display, an upper gauge cluster, and vertical air-con vents. The cabin will also play host to the automaker’s new EyeSight driver assist technology, which includes a multitude of safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Steering Responsive Headlights, as well as High Beam Assist.

Under the hood is a revised version of the FB 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer, which is mated to a Lineartronic CVT that comes with a seven-speed manual mode. As usual, power is channeled to all four wheels via Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system.





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