2017 Subaru Impreza

Subaru used the recently concluded New York Auto show to unveil
their latest 2017 Subaru Impreza. The 5-door hatch and 4-door
sedan are popular haulers among young Americans hence the
decision to unveil them in New York. The models become the
first Subaru Imprezas ever to be built in the US.

The automaker also announced that both the sedan and the hatch
will be underpinned by the new Subaru Global platform that will
also be introduced to other models in the Subaru lineup. The
new platform has been specifically developed to accommodate
electric and hybrid power-trains which is the direction the
market is taking.

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2017 Subaru Impreza Exterior

The 2017 Subaru Impreza will be offered in 4 trim levels (Base,
Premium, Sport and Limited) just like its predecessors.
However, for the first time, the Sport trim is also available
for the sedan.

The front profile of the sedan and hatchback are identical and
are based on the Concept Subaru showcased in LA auto show last
year. The features are however toned down for production
purposes.  The front features a redesigned grille with
blacked-out mesh. The grille is surrounded by sporty LED
headlights and LED DRLs.

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The Limited trim features Konoji LED running lights. The bumper
below the grille is also new and is integrated with a thin
center intake and modified side vents. The sides vents feature
small black inserts and are not chromed like on the outgoing
models. The engine hood has been revised and it does not extend
into the grille like in the predecessor models.

On the sides, the sedan and the hatch are similar to some
extent. They sport a similar body line below the waistline just
above their side skirts. They also share the line that connects
the outer tip of the headlights and the tip of the taillights.
Above the waistline, the two versions are a bit different. The
hatch sports a small pointed window at the rear quarter panel.

Things are very different at the rear.  The hatchback
features a dominating overhang with a black trim on each side
of the hatch glass. The taillights also stretch onto the hatch
just as they extend to the sedan’s deck-lid. The hatch features
a body line below the taillights which is not available on the
sedan. The hatch also features a reflector on each corner as
well as a recessed area in the middle. For the sedan, its
taillights extend into the trunk lid while its recess is
thinner and longer. This gives it a wide stance. The sedan also
features a black spoiler above the trunk lid.

The base Imprezas will ride on 15-inch wheels. The Premium trim
models will feature 16-inch alloys while the Limited trim gets
17-inch machine-finished alloys. The Sport trim will ride on
18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels.

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2017 Subaru Impreza Interior

Except for the physical dimensions, the interior of the sedan
and of the hatch are identical. This difference in shape means
the hatch has better headroom for the rear passengers courtesy
of its extended roof. Both models will accommodate five
passengers. The Base trim models feature quality cloth
upholstery on the seats. The hatchback rear seats have a 60/40
split-folding capability to offer more cargo room when need be.

Standard features on the Base trim of both the hatch and the
sedan include a 6.5-inch display for its infotainment system.
The system features Android Auto, Apple Carplay and Bluetooth
connectivity.   The Base trim also features a
tilt-and telescoping steering wheel and power windows. There is
a second multifunctional screen which displays various
information such as fuel economy.

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The Premium trim adds the automakers Starlink safety system and
heated front seats. The Sport trim on the other hands
introduces an 8.0 –inch display, keyless entry and ignition,
and a leather wrapped steering wheel. For audiophiles, the trim
features Harman/Kardon premium sound system. The top Limited
trim is the most equipped. It adds leather upholstery as
standard. The leather upholstery is contrasted with a double
stitching on the instrument panel and on door armrests. 
The trim also adds a 6-way power driver’s seat. Its steering
wheel and shifter are wrapped in leather; an automatic climate
control system is also offered. A navigation system featuring
maps by TomTom and an EyeSight technology are offered as
options.

The Eyesight technology features a host of driving aids such as
lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision
braking assist, blind-spot monitoring, reverse automatic
braking and automatic high-beams.

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Engine Specs

The Subaru Impreza 2017 is powered by an upgraded 2.0 L
4-cylinder boxer engine.  Subaru has hooked up the engine
with direct injection. The upgrade has helped pump output from
148 hp to 152 hp.

The engine will be mated with a CVT transmission with paddle
shifters in high trim levels.  Some markets will have an
option for a manual gearbox but as of this writing, Subaru had
not confirmed or denied whether the manual will be available in
the US. All models will feature Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD as
standard. EPA ratings are not yet out but we expect the engine
to be more efficient even though just slightly compared to the
version on current models.  Outgoing models with CVT
transmission return 29 mpg in city and 38 mpg on highway.

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Price and release date

Subaru had not yet released pricing details of the 2017 Subaru
Impreza as of this writing.  However, we don’t expect much
change from the current model prices but there could be a price
hike of around $1,000. Currently, the 2016 base hatch has an
MSRP of $ 18,795 while the top hatch trim attracts up to $
23,595.

The base sedan, on the other hand, starts at $ 19,090 and goes
as high as $ 24,390. Both the hatch and the sedan will go on
sale in the second half of 2016. The automaker will announce
actual prices close to the sale date.

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Competition

The Impreza sedan will face rivalry from the likes of Toyota
Corolla, Honda
Civic and
Mitsubishi Lancer. The hatchback, on the other hand, will
compete with the new models of Mazda 3 and
Ford
Focus.