Subaru’s second model to be sold on the Global Platform would be the new generation Impreza. And we just learned that it will make its first appearance this September 12 at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show for its European debut.
The Impreza retains its predecessor’s unique set-up that is a flat-four boxer engine, but now with an all-new Subaru Global Platform underneath it.
The Japanese company is proud to say that the Impreza is very different from the previous model as it is 70 percent stiffer, at the same time, it improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent. The overall suspension of the car has also been re-engineered to even lower the Impreza’s center of gravity.
To be more precise, the Impreza has been lowered so it is now 5mm closer to the ground. Handling and agility, particularly steering responses, have also been improved for a safer ride.
Safety features that come standard with the all-new Impreza include: EyeSight safety tech that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure, and Sway Warning, and a Lane Keep Assist function. These are the latest safety features that most cars in today’s generation come with.
The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive will be paired with the aforementioned flat-four engine, both of which have also been used by its predecessor. So far, we have not heard whether the company is planning to offer more powertrain options for the European-spec Subaru Impreza. But we do know that the US spec has a 2.0 liter petrol engine with direct injection option that produces 152 horsepower. What we are expecting though is for the Impreza to have a developed version of the current generation’s 1.6 liter motor.
Physically, the Impreza looks a little sharper now and is more in line with the brand’s models such as the BRZ and the WRX STI. As for the interior, the company has not revealed images yet, but we do think that it will share many similarities with the US spec Impreza. One such example is the new central infotainment touchscreen.
So far, we have not gotten the complete specifications of the car yet including the release date and the price. Though we expect it to cost less than £20,000, just like its predecessor. For more complete and valid specs, we will have to wait until the Frankfurt Motor Show this autumn.
The Impreza seems to be a good car for a family of 3 or 4, considering that it is a very safe car as the company claims it to be. To this day, the Impreza’s main competition will still be the Ford Focus.