Reports say that the launch of the production 2012 Subaru Impreza may take place earlier than expected, maybe at the 2011 New York Auto Show. At the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show last November, many were surprised when Subaru unveiled its highly acclaimed Impreza Concept.
The powerful "four-door coupe" was meant to signal how the next Impreza would look and perform but Subaru has not exactly been forthcoming about the dates. But it’s now being speculated that the next Impreza will launch earlier. In fact, sales will begin in the U.S. market this August.
Tom Doll, Subaru of America executive vice president, made this confirmation in a recent auto show interview. He also said that this is linked with its expected release in Japan as well.
But before that, Subaru is scheduled to unveil the new production 2012 Impreza in April at the upcoming 2011 New York Auto Show.
The current Impreza was seen at the 2007 New York Show and the next-generation was displayed in concept form less than four years later at the Los Angeles auto show last fall.
Subaru has been getting plenty of recognition lately in the U.S. Debuting in New York would be consistent with Subaru’s practice of timing major product launches for U.S. auto shows.
The next Impreza, which will be available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, features Subaru's efficient new Boxer engine that’s already on sale in the Forester SUV.
In the front, the Subaru badge is at the center of the new hexagonal grille -- a trademark of every new Subaru design. The latest Impreza has hawk-eye headlights plus a variety of new 15-inch wheel cover as well as a 16 to 17-inch alloy wheel designs. A combination of several design elements give a sportier exterior stance to the Subaru Impreza as it offers a more imposing road view to its driver and passengers. The windscreen is more raked than that of the earlier model, having the A-pillar’s bottom moved 7.9 inches to the front.
This gives a front door gap, which is longer by almost five inches for easy entrance or exit, supported by lower doorsills. The 4-door and 5-door body styles have larger rear doors as well. Thinner A-pillars and partitioned side glass on the front door greatly improve driver visibility.
To further enhance visibility, the point where the door trim and window meet has been lowered. The instrument panel has been made flatter and lower than the previous model to provide a broader view and sense of roominess. The new wing mirrors on the exterior have a bigger surface area to boost visibility and have been transferred from the A-pillars to the doors to improve sight lines.
While the new Subaru Impreza has the same length and width, its wheelbase has been increased to 104.1 inches from 103.2 inches of the previous model. Combining a longer wheelbase with newly designed interior trim and front seats helps increase space in the passenger and cargo room. Passengers in the rear seats benefit from almost two inches of legroom, owing to the longer wheelbase and new design of the scalloped-style front seat backrest.
The 5-door hatchback will gain from more luggage space and comes standard with 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded to produce a flat load floor. Loading and unloading heavy objects now come easy since a stepped section underneath the opening has been removed. The cargo area cover can also be stored beneath the cargo floor just like in the Forester. Subaru has focused a lot on making improvements with richer looking interiors and plenty of details like the soft-touch materials used on the center console armrest, door trim and dashboard.
Carrying space and utility have been enhanced all through the vehicle as the doors have larger pockets to hold plastic drink bottles and several compartments are placed in and around the center console to hold personal belongings like phones, MP3 players and USB drives. The new front seats of the Impreza guarantee greater comfort with higher seatbacks, cushions that distribute pressure more effectively and additional lumbar support.
Just like in the 2010 Legazy, the seats have been optimized in the event of a rear-end accident. Every 2012 Subaru Impreza model comes standard with a tilt or telescoping steering wheel. Standard equipment levels have been raised all across the range. Each model will feature a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, outside temperature gauge, electric windows and mirrors, engine immobilizer, a 60/40 split fold down rear seat and multi-function display.
Models with higher specs have an extra kit that includes 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and mirrors, steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls, auto lights, upgraded instruments and climate control. Subaru Impreza has an optional navigation system with a 6.1-inch touch screen LCD display that comes with voice control.