2017 Subaru Impreza arrives at 2016 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 12, 2016

Subaru of America, Inc., launched the newest 2017 Impreza 5-Door during the 2016 New York International Auto Show. This comes at a period when the company has been experiencing success especially with sales growth covering eight consecutive years.

The introduction of the 2017 Impreza comes just a day after the company had unveiled the Impreza Sedan at the same show. By launching the 2017 Impreza, the company is also debuting its Subaru Global Platform architecture.

This platform ensures that the 2017 Impreza is able to provide the needed high level of agility, ride comfort, driving pleasure, and crash protection. With this, it also hopes to strengthen the various future models from Subaru, and that includes hybrids. Like the prior models, the 2017 Impreza comes with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This helps with the vehicle’s traction and driving agility and offers the 2017 Impreza an advantage compared to other front-wheel drive vehicles.

In addition to the new architecture, the 2017 Impreza also marks the introduction of the company’s new design language and new driver-assist technology. Now even made roomier, it also offers new multimedia features with built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

It also has the Near Field Communication connectivity. The 2017 Impreza is expected to arrive sometime in the late 2016 to Subaru dealerships with three trim lines available which are Sport, Premium, and Limited.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza comes with two new features. The first is the High Beam Assist, which depending on the present driving conditions, activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps. The second is the Steering Responsive Headlights which light up the curves. Standard safety equipment, of course, includes the driver’s knee airbag, side curtain airbags, and front seat side impact airbags.

Aside from the safety features, the 2017 Impreza also comes with added driver-assist technologies. There is the standard rear vision camera which helps the driver view the steering line. Present also is the Reverse Automatic

Braking feature which automatically applies the brakes once an obstacle is detected while the vehicle is on a reverse. The 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System helps to determine if the pressure of its individual wheels is dropping.

Exterior Design

The new design language gives the 2017 Impreza a body that is more sculptural. The model is also equipped with hawk-eye headlights and the company’s signature hexagonal grille. Highlighting its athletic stance are flowing lines and its outstanding wheel arches.

This exciting new appearance can also be seen on the interior especially with the outward-flow design like the one in front of the vehicle. The wheelbase of the 2017 Impreza measures 105.1 inches, 1 inch bigger when compared to the outgoing model.

In fact in terms of dimensions, both the 5-Door and the Sedan are longer by 1.6 inches and wider by 1.5 inches, resulting in a cabin that offers more room.

While it is indeed longer and wider, the two models have a height that is lower by 0.4 inches which decreases the coefficient of drag and therefore enhances the aerodynamics. Despite the sleeker appearance, the 5-Door and the Sedan continue to have the all-around visibility seen in prior models.

The exterior of the Impreza Sport meanwhile has an exclusive style and what sets it apart are the LED daytime running lights, turn signal side mirrors, body-color rocker panels, and black-finish front grille. The Sedan version is fitted with a rear trunk spoiler while the 5-Door has that gloss black rear gate trim.

Interior Design

The interior of the Impreza Sport has a distinct black cloth upholstery that has been trimmed with the red stitching. This same theme is also present in the door trim, instrument panel, gear shift, and steering wheel.

The instrument panel meanwhile not only has a Multi-Function Display but also the exclusive Sport gauges. There are a number of features on the Sport with some that are actual upgrades compared to the Impreza Premium.

There is for example the Subaru 8.0-inch STARLINK touchscreen multimedia system and the premium harman/kardon audio system. Additional features in the Sport include the steering wheel and the shift handle wrapped in leather, aluminum pedals, and the Keyless Access & Push-Button Start. Rounding out the standard equipment is the CVT shift boot.


The core technologies of the Subaru include the Subaru Global Platform, EyeSight, and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. These core technologies will be the basic foundation that will form the Subaru’s next generation of vehicles.

The new platform for example increases by more than 70% the rigidity of its centralized body structure. It even integrates the new frameworks by optimizing the cross sections and having highly stiffened joints between its structures, creating some advantages.

For instance it can enhance the agility, ride comfort, and straight-line stability, all while being able to suppress any vibration, harshness, and noise, to a level not seen before in the compact segment. Compared to the previous models, the performance evolution of the 2017 Impreza is higher, given the revised suspension system and the lower center of gravity.

Body roll for example is lowered by as much as 50% due to the independent double-wishbone rear suspension that manages to mount the rear stabilizer bar directly to its body. The natural handling agility even helps it have better hazard-avoidance capability.

Driving the 2017 Impreza is a relaxing treat considering that it has unyielding straight-line stability. This will form an important part of the autonomous driving capability that the platform is expected to support in future models of Subaru.

The company will also be coming out with the Impreza 2.0i Sport which will be available in both the 5-Door and the Sedan. Since it takes advantage of a more powerful engine and a stiffer platform and combined with the exclusive suspension tuning, Active Torque Vectoring, and machine-finish alloy 18-inch wheels, the Impreza Sport is capable of offering a fun-to-drive performance.

With the Impreza Sport, the company hopes to have new standards when it comes to striking the right balance of ride and handling for the compact class. It comes with the 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which is also available on the company’s other models.

Powering the Impreza Sport is a FB Boxer 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine. There is one significant change though, as it has been improved to have direct fuel injection and additional enhancements to increase the performance and drivability. Output is now 152 horsepower compared to the 148 horsepower in the previous engine.

The highline trims meanwhile has the Lineartronic CVT, which stands for continuously variable transmission, and has the manual 7-speed mode function with the steering wheel paddle shifter. This enables the driver to better control the transmission as it has seven pre-set ratios.

Going back to the 2017 Impreza, it was designed to provide better safety equipment compared to the outgoing version. As a result, it was named TOP SAFETY PICK+ and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, particularly when equipped with the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

Unlike the current models, this new platform offers better crash energy absorption by as much as 40%. The EyeSight system has a number of safety features that include the Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control. It even has the Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection.

Four Trim Lines

The company is offering four trims of the 2017 Subaru Impreza which include the Sport, Premium, Limited, and 2.0i base. The 2.0i version has a wide range of standard features available like the power windows that allows for the automatic up/down on the driver and passenger sides.

It has the 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and the Android Auto. The rear seats meanwhile allow for a 60/40-split fold down. It does not stop there as the 2.0i offers a lot more with the power door locks and side mirrors, tilt and telescoping steering column, carpeted floormats, security system with engine immobilizer, and multi-function display that also shows fuel economy information, to name a few.

The Premium trim on the other had puts in the Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security, All-Weather Package with the heated front seats, automatic headlights, windshield and exterior mirrors, and alloy 16-inch wheels.

Its 5-Door variant has the standard roof rails, though this is not available on the Impreza 2.0i Sport 5-Door. Meanwhile, the Premium trim comes with driver assist technology systems and the power moonroof among others.

The Limited trim on the other hand makes the 2017 Impreza even more luxurious. Giving the exterior a more high-class appearance is the machine-finished 17-inch alloy wheels, unique “Konoji” LED daytime running lights, and LED headlights.

As mentioned earlier, it has the Steering Responsive Headlights. Adding a touch of class to the exterior is the turn signal side mirrors and chrome trim. The interior also has a luxurious feel especially with the leather trim and the double stitching on its instrument panel and door armrests.

For the first time, the Impreza will have the 6-way power driver’s seat. Some standard features in its interior include the leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, 8-inch color display, automatic climate control system, and Keyless Access & Push-Button Start.

There is even the exclusive instrument panel that is fitted with the white gauge cluster illumination. The company even put in the premium harman/kardon audio system. Models that have the EyeSight technology will have the High Beam Assist. Finally, the standard navigation system now carries the maps made by TomTom.


Offering the latest when it comes to playing digital music is the Subaru STARLINK Multimedia systems. It also offers connectivity with the iPod control, smartphone integration, and Bluetooth wireless capability, among others.

The display screen meanwhile is where the display of the standard rear vision camera is shown. Its top-level system even has navigation. As a result of the Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security Connected Services, the 2017 Impreza has become one of the automotive industry’s most affordable telematics options.

Depending on the package chosen, it can include the Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator, Remote Lock/Unlock, SOS Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, and Vehicle Security Alarm Notification.

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