The new Subaru Impreza, available only as a five-door hatchback, introduces a new look, more technology and improved safety – but there’s no turbo or hybrid powertrain, at least in the US.
The new 2023 Subaru Impreza has been unveiled in the US – although the launch date for Australia is yet to be confirmed.
After falling a few months behind its high-riding SUV spin-off Crosstrek, the new Impreza, now only available as a five-door non-sedan, introduces a new look and the latest interior technology from Subaru, but with carried-over underpinnings and similar engines.
Subaru Australia has yet to confirm the next Impreza for local showrooms and says in a statement Australian details will follow “in due course” – however there has been no sign of the iconic nameplate being phased out in recent years.
The styling of the new Impreza takes inspiration from the new Crosstrek – and other new Subaru models – with sharper LED headlights and taillights and available 18-inch alloy wheels.
The fabled Impreza RS badging returns in North America, adding dark gray 18-inch alloys, black finishes for the grille, side skirts and mirror caps, RS badging on the doors, LED fog lights and “enhanced” LED headlights.
Inside, the Impreza gets the Crosstrek’s 11.6-inch portrait touchscreen in the center of the dash, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, over-the-air updates, digitized climate controls, and rows of shortcut buttons around the edges .
The analogue instruments (with a small screen in the middle) are carried over from the Crosstrek – rather than a 12.3-inch widescreen cluster available in Japanese-market WRX models – while sports seats are available for top models.
Other interior features include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat, keyless entry and start, a power sunroof and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
RS exclusives include gunmetal and carbon fiber interior trim, black cloth sports seats with red upholstery accents, RS-branded floor mats, an “upgraded” leather steering wheel and shifter, aluminum pedals and rear charge ports.
Entry-level US models are powered by an inherited 2.0-liter, non-turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with unchanged outputs (in US-market trim) of 113 kW and 197 Nm with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). with eight simulated translations and all-wheel drive.
A 2.5-liter non-turbocharged four-cylinder developing 136 kW and 245 Nm is available for some models, with the same CVT and all-wheel drive system.
There’s no mention of the Crosstrek’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder hybrid system, which is also carried over from the previous version of this car (the XV) – although it will likely be available in markets like Japan or Europe.
Subaru hasn’t confirmed the dimensions for the new Impreza. The current car is 4475mm long, 1775mm wide and 1480mm high and rides on a 2670mm wheelbase.
The latest Crosstrek is 15mm longer overall, 30mm taller and has a 5mm longer wheelbase than the model it replaces.
Under the skin, Subaru says the new Impreza’s body is 10 percent stiffer and comes with three times more structural adhesive that is said to improve performance, handling and noise levels.
The all-wheel-drive system now includes active torque vectoring, while a version of the WRX sports sedan’s dual-pinion electric power steering has been added.
Additions to the enhanced safety suite include pedestrian and cyclist detection for autonomous emergency braking at intersections, and automatic emergency steering for lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
There’s also a standard rear seat reminder, as well as upgraded cameras and radars that power the safety systems.
tea 2023 Subaru Impreza is slated to hit US showrooms around mid-next year – but the timing of its arrival in Australia remains unconfirmed.
“We are incredibly excited about Subaru Corporation’s recent global unveiling of the all-new Subaru Impreza. Impreza has been part of the Subaru family for 30 years and we look forward to sharing more details for the Australian market in due course. ‘ Subaru Australia said in a statement.
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