The next Subaru Impreza, expected to arrive in early 2017, has been unveiled at the New York International Auto Show today.
The new Impreza is the first model to make use of the company’s new Global Platform.
As you’d expect, the 2017 Impreza makes full use of Subaru’s expertise in all-wheel-drive technologies and horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ power-plants.
So far, only a 2.0-litre FB20 unit with 152hp has been announced for the US market, where it is mated as standard to a Lineartronic continuously-variable transmission.
The company claims this power unit consists of 80% new parts, and cites an overall reduction in weight as key to the engine’s improved fuel economy.
Subaru says their engineers have focused on a number of key areas – such as steering and pedal feel, noise and vibration – in order to achieve a more dynamic performance.
In addition, the new platform is said to offer a 70% increase in torsional rigidity, with a 5mm lower centre of gravity, while redesigned suspension components and mounting points achieve a 50% reduction in body roll.
Although offered in saloon form in the US, UK-bound Imprezas are likely to remain five-door variants only.
The interior is said to advance Subaru’s ethos of increasing overall quality, with premium materials and contrasting stitching all making an appearance.
The centre console is home to a new 8-inch touch-screen media system that offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Other technologies announced include the Subaru EyeSight system as seen on the Outback, now upgraded to include a High Beam Assist function, plus blind-spot detection and a new automatic braking function that stops the vehicle should it detect a collision while reversing is imminent.
The new Subaru Impreza will be built in the US for US customers; details of European specifications have yet to be announced.