Subaru unveils new U.S.-built Impreza hatch, sedan
Subaru is touting the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza as roomier, sportier and more technologically advanced than ever before.
A new architecture, known as the “Subaru Global Platform,” underpins the car. The Japanese automaker says it was designed for better handling, crash protection and ride comfort. It will be the basis for a variety of upcoming Subaru vehicles, including hybrids.
The five-door model made its debut Wednesday at the New York auto show, a day after the sedan was unveiled at a private event the night before.
The new Impreza, which will be produced in the United States for the first time, will be available in 2.0i base, Premium, Sport and Limited trim lines when it arrives in Subaru dealerships in late 2016.
Both the sedan and five-door are longer and wider than the outgoing models. The larger dimensions create a roomier cabin, while a lower height helps improve aerodynamics and center of gravity.
The cars are powered by an enhanced 2.0-liter boxer engine with direct injection that boosts performance to 152 horsepower, up from 148 horsepower.
The 2017 Impreza also adds new driver-assist technologies, including reverse automatic braking and the display of steering lines for the standard rear-vision camera.