Subaru Impreza revealed at New York Motor Show
Following a teaser image earlier this month, Subaru has revealed the new Impreza in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback formats.
Styling-wise, the vehicle looks very similar to the current-generation WRX, but unlike the Impreza, the WRX is only available as a saloon. But it seems that the Impreza will only be available as a hatchback in many European territories, so we expect the same to be true in South Africa.
The new hatchback will use the same recipe that made its predecessors a success, pairing a horizontally opposed engine above the front wheels with a family-friendly footprint.
The new Impreza grows in size, extending its length by 41 mm, of which 25 mm is contained in the wheelbase. The Subaru will also have a 38 mm broader stance, but its height has been reduced by 10 mm for a sportier look and improved aerodynamics.
New technology has also found its way into the Subaru, which will for the first time feature a pre-collision avoidance system called EyeSight as well as cylinder deactivation.
But for most of us, it is the announcement of a new WRX STi that is the most important news. The performance flagship of Subaru’s most well recognised range will receive a turbocharged 2,0-litre petrol engine, but will for the first time be a hybrid.
The working theory is that the petrol engine will power the front wheels while an electric motor provides torque to the rear.
Power is expected to be 240 kW, targeting Ford’s Focus RS.