Subaru introduced the 2017 Impreza at the New York Auto Show, essentially offering a preview of its new Global Platform architecture. The Global Platform will transform the entire Subaru line so that most of the parts under the hood will be the same. Sharing engineering and parts across products means that every car in the Subaru line will be able to be manufactured at any of the Subaru plants. This will mean better economy of scale for Subaru, which will streamline its manufacturing process.
2017 Impreza Specs
The Impreza is Subaru’s third-best selling car, but it is debuting the brand’s newest design language and driver-assist tech. The car features improved multimedia systems, including new standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and standard Near Field Communication connectivity. These are three big additions which are getting their start on Impreza.
According to the company, the Global Platform architecture will “deliver significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection and ride comfort and will underpin a variety of upcoming Subaru vehicles, including hybrids.” Subaru boasted about “major gains in handling performance, crash safety, and ride comfort” to the Impreza’s new architecture.
As with the outgoing model, the new Impreza will be available in both sedan and “five-door” hatchback styles.” The sedan and hatchbacks are both equipped with a version of the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder “boxer,” which generates 152 horsepower. They will also have a new continuously variable transmission with a paddle-shifted 7-speed sport mode.
The car has a nice 2670mm wheelbase, which is up 25mm over the last generation of the Impreza. In fact both the Sedan and the five-door are 40mm longer and 38mm wider than the cars they replace. This all adds up to a cabin which feels roomier. The Impreza also shaves 10mm off the height, which slightly improves the aerodynamics with a lower coefficient of drag.
The new design language focuses on a more sculpted body, with an athletic stance seen in the prominent wheel arches and nicely flowing lines. The Impreza still includes the hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights the brand is known for.
Impreza Sport Version
The Impreza Sport has standard LED daytime running lights, body-color rocker panels, turn signal side mirrors and a black-finish front grille. The five-door has gloss black rear gate trim. The Sport Sedan also boasts a rear trunk spoiler. The Sport has a black cloth upholstery trimmed with red stitching.
Subaru Global Platform
The Global Platform has the following features:
- It will incorporate new frameworks with optimized cross sections and highly stiffened joints between structures to significantly enhance straight-line stability
- The same frame will improve agility and ride comfort while suppressing noise and vibration
- The new platform increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70 percent on the Impreza, with similar gains expected for the rest of the lines
- The rear stabilizer bar is mounted directly to the body via a double-wishbone independent rear suspension, reducing body roll by 50 percent compared for the Impreza
- Handling agility is better, enhancing the brand’s hazard-avoidance capability
The car will debut in America in late 2016. The retail price has not yet been released, but it will likely be somewhere above the $18,295 base price of the outgoing models.