NEW YORK — The all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza was introduced today at the 2016 New York Auto Show. A slightly larger size coupled with several new safety and convenience features aim to make this Impreza an even more competitive compact sedan and hatchback.
Key to the changes on the new Impreza is an all-new chassis that Subaru says will underpin all of its future models. On the Impreza, the new structure results in a 1-inch-longer wheelbase on both the sedan and the hatchback compared to the previous model. Both models are also 1.6 inches longer overall and 1.5 inches wider. Subaru also claims that increased stiffness will result in improved overall handling and safety protection.
Minor changes to the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine result in 4 additional horsepower. The optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) was also upgraded with a seven-speed manual mode function.
When it goes on sale later this year, the 2017 Impreza will offer four trim levels: base, Premium, Sport and Limited. Along with typical standard options like power windows and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, the base Impreza will come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Stepping up to the Premium trim adds the Subaru Starlink telematics system, which offers multiple levels of safety and security features. Larger wheels, heated seats and a longer list of available options are also part of the upgrades on Premium models.
The new Sport trim is available on both the sedan and hatchback. It adds 18-inch wheels, a more aggressive suspension and unique styling details, in addition to an upgraded audio system.
At the top of the lineup is the Limited model that now features adaptive LED headlights, unique 17-inch wheels and a leather-trimmed interior.
Unlike previous models that were imported from Japan, all 2017 Imprezas will be built in an expanded Subaru factory in Indiana.
Edmunds says: An all-new Subaru Impreza couldn't have come at a better time, as the latest Honda Civic has raised the bar in the compact sedan segment.