TOKYO — When the 2017 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback arrive at Subaru dealerships later this year, they will feature the automaker's next-generation vehicle platform that highlights safety and performance.
The common platform will underpin all Subaru nameplates in the future, helping to keep production costs down.
Subaru said the new platform will enhance overall vehicle performance by lowering the car's center of gravity for better handling.
The lower center of gravity "makes possible a more stable driving experience than ever before and offers outstanding danger-avoidance capabilities on a level with a high-performance sports car," parent company Fuji Heavy Industries said in a statement on Monday.
Body rigidity is improved 70 percent to 100 percent, while noise and vibration are reduced.
Safety is a big part of the equation as well. Subaru said the new platform improves collision-impact absorption by 40 percent.
"The platform anticipates further improvements in strength and new materials and has the potential to continue to offer the world's highest levels of collision safety even in 2025," the company said in a statement.
The Subaru Global Platform will accommodate gasoline drivetrains, along with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric systems.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers making plans for later this year will want to keep the 2017 Subaru Impreza enhancements in mind. They promise to make the car safer and more fun to drive, without raising sticker prices dramatically.