The Subaru Impreza will make its return to the UK this summer, not just with the fire-spitting WRX STI, but also a more conventionally-powered model.

Branded the Impreza RC, Subaru says it is the only car in its segment to be equipped with all-wheel-drive as standard.

Powered by a 1.6-litre boxer engine producing 114PS and 150Nm of torque, the standard Impreza is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds, and on to a 114mph top speed.

The new small boxer unit uses stop/start and a clever cooling system that features two separate circuits for the cylinder block and head, allowing quicker warm-up, reduced friction and therefore improved economy.

The Impreza will be available with a choice of five-speed manual or Lineartronic CVT automatic transmissions, with manual models recording fuel economy of 44.1mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 147 g/km.  Lineartronic models are marginally more efficient, with 46.3mpg and 140 g/km.

Available only as a five-door hatchback, the Impreza offers 380 litres of boot space, rising to 1,270 litres with the rear seats folded.

Standard RC specification includes automatic headlights and wipers, front fog lights, folding door mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, and a reversing camera.

Three colours will be available: Satin White, Ice Silver and Quartz Blue.

The Subaru Impreza RC goes on sale in the UK from 1st May, priced from £17,495.