Subaru is pushing the Impreza into more premium territory for the 2015 model year as part of a mid-cycle refresh.
The compact car will come with a revised front fascia with a new grille, bumper and headlights, but the real news is technological because the 2015 Impreza comes with new standard equipment and safety systems new to the nameplate altogether. A rear-view camera is now standard across the entire model line along with cruise control and a touch-screen infotainment system.The company’s EyeSight safety system is also now available as an extra-cost option for the Impreza that includes steering sensitive fog lamps that adapt according to the angle of the wheels to provide better lighting around corners.
EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision braking system and a lane departure warning system. A continuously-variable transmission is also now included as standard equipment on all but the base trimmed Impreza. The ride should also be quieter for 2015 because Subaru says it added more sound deadening material and thickened the side window glass along with improving how they seal when shut.
The company said today that it also revised the way its CVT performs to provide a more perceptibly simulated shift feeling as the transmission adjusts its gearing ratio to feel more like a conventional automatic. Aside from tweaking how it will feel to drive with that transmission, the company also managed to improve fuel economy by one mile per gallon in all driving situations, raising the CVT-equipped 2.0-liter model to 28 MPG in city driving 37 for highway stints, or 31 overall.