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Subaru shows its new Impreza

Five-door hatch and four-door saloon revealed

Subaru has unveiled production versions of its new Impreza at the New York International Auto Show.

The car has been revealed in both five-door hatch and four-door saloon form. Currently, the Japanese brand is merely stating that the five-door is under consideration for the European market, but it is believed that in a change from previous Subaru practice only the hatch will be sold in the UK.

The new car is built on the new Subaru Global Platform which is said to have improved body rigidity by more than 70%, while also being capable of accommodating future autonomous drive technology. The exterior look launches the brand’s latest design language

The new Impreza is bigger than its predecessor, 41mm longer, 38mm wider and on a 2,670mm wheelbase, extended by 25mm over the outgoing model. As a result, a more spacious cabin is promised, while the car also sits 10mm closer to the ground aiding aerodynamics.

Subaru is giving few details of powertrain options, other than stating that the Impreza will feature the brand’s trademark four-cylinder horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ engines and symmetrical all-wheel drive.

It will also be fitted with the new EyeSight driver safety assist system, described as a “second pair of eyes” and using stereo cameras to monitor road and traffic ahead, identify potential hazards and act accordingly. EyeSight is already available on Subaru’s vehicles in Japan and research by the brand suggests fitted vehicles have been involved in 62 per cent fewer collisions.

Other technology includes further safety aids and a new infotainment system, controlled by a large touchscreen and including voice control and smartphone-style apps to offer such functions as digital music playing, Bluetooth wireless capability and iPod control.

Performance enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that a new WRX STi model of the Impreza is planned, with rumours suggesting it could be a hybrid.

Subaru is yet to reveal a UK on-sale date for the new Impreza.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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