Subaru will release a diesel-powered engine for its hatch Impreza. The horizontally opposed engine develops 150 PS and 350Nm (258 ft. lbs), boasts of exceptional refinement, flexibility and throttle response as well as an impressive fuel consumption 47.9 mpg. Emissions are recorded to be as low as 155 g/km CO2.
While the performance is not at a sportscar level, it is sufficient for everyday driving - 127 mph top speed and 0-62 mph in 9.0 seconds.
The diesel-powered Impreza has awesome handling. Its low center of gravity coupled with Symmetrical All-Wheel drive provide superb handling and traction supported by the security of Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control.
Other features of the Impreza include 17-inch alloys, HID headlamps with pop-up washers, electrically-folding door mirrors, front projector foglamps, 6CD player with MP3 facility, cruise control, windscreen wiper deicer, climate control and heated sports seats.
For safety, front, side and curtain airbags were installed. The Impreza 2.0D comes in a choice of two grades, RC and RX. The former comes with all the equipment described above yet is still priced at a competitive £20,000 on the road.
Step up to the RX at £22,255 and gain keyless smart entry, an electric sunroof, rear privacy glass, full leather trim and electric adjustment of the driver´s seat.
Unlike that of the previous models, the diesel Impreza is similar to the petrol-engined versions and designed in a manner that would appeal to a wide-range of consumers. While all of the models have the same five-door body, it is wider compared to the Sport Wagon. With a wheelbase that is longer by 95 mm, the interior is not just accommodating but even more comfortable.
The vehicle is also lighter and with a lower drag coefficient, it has less emissions and lower fuel consumption. The style of Impreza mixes assertiveness and elegance. As a result of the side sill spoilers, broad shoulder lines, side body creases, and wide track, the Impreza gets a sporty stance.
Giving it a unique personality are the short rear overhang, the bonnet scoop and the headlamp surrounds shaped like a hawk. The 17-inch alloy wheels come as standard. In addition to its exceptional look, the Impreza is a vehicle that is easy to use and even live with. Access to the interior is made easy with the wide-opening doors and the amazing headroom.
The height-adjustable seat enables the driver to get in the best driving position and to utilize the reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel. The cabin has enough light and air to give it visibility. Because of the compact multi-link rear suspension, the cargo area is optimized. It is flexible enough to store in a pushchair or even take in the weekly grocery or the luggage for a weekend getaway.
Making this process simpler is the addition of the electronic one-touch tailgate. For mornings during the cold winter months, the standard windscreen wiper de-icers are of great help. In addition, the heated front seats help with the driving. For entertainment, one can listen to music through the 6CD autochanger/radio that offers MP3 and WMA playback though high fidelity 10-speaker set up.
For those who have their favorite playlist on a portable MP3 player, it can be plugged in through an auxillary-in socket that is placed at the center of the storage box. Since the RX model offers keyless access, all one needs is a smart key and with the touch of a button, can opens either of the front doors. Once the driver is behind the steering wheel, it is easy to start the engine with just a button located on its instrument panel.