Although the new Subaru Impreza has been on sale in the US for a year, the company is only now launching the new car in European markets.
Based on Subaru’s new Global Platform, the Impreza continues with its long-revered combination of all-wheel-drive and a Boxer engine.
Compared to the previous Impreza, the new model is 35mm wider and 10mm lower, with a 25mm longer wheelbase.
This increase is said to allow greater passenger and cargo space within an interior whose quality levels are also said to have received a boost.
Although the company cites plentiful use of high-quality cabin materials, they also make mention of the hard-wearing nature that many Subaru customers have grown to appreciate over the years.
New technology also finds a home within the new Impreza, with an 8-inch touchscreen offering DAB digital radio and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Subaru’s EyeSight system – based around a pair cameras that capture a 3D picture of the road up to 110m ahead – will be fitted as standard, and provides features such as Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.
In addition, a new radar-based system – dubbed Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (SRVD) – provides Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Steering-responsive headlights with high-beam assist are also available.
From launch, only one petrol engine will be available: a 1.6-litre unit developing 114ps and 150Nm of torque.
This will be followed later by a 2.0-litre unit with direct injection, delivering 156ps and 196Nm.
However, both engines will only be offered with the company’s Lineartronic CVT transmission, although Subaru say a new ‘damper’ reduces torque fluctuations.
The company cites numerous weight reductions in a bid to improve economy and reduce emissions. The 1.6-litre engine, for example, is 14kg lighter than the previous unit, while the 2.0-litre is expected to offer a 12kg reduction. The Lineartronic transmission is said to be 7.8kg lighter than before, too.
Five colours will be available at launch – Crystal White Pearl, Venetian Red Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl and Dark Grey Metallic.
Subaru UK expect the new Impreza to be available to order towards the end of this year, with pricing to be confirmed nearer the time.