Built on the all-new Subaru Global Platform architecture, the 2017 Impreza will be available in either sedan or five-door hatchback guise when it arrives dealerships in late 2016. The new architecture is “designed to deliver significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection and ride comfort,” according to Subaru. It will eventually underpin numerous Subaru vehicles, including its hybrid offerings.
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The roomier 2017 Impreza also marks the debut of Subaru’s new design language and new driver-assist technologies. The model will be available in base, Premium, Sport and Limited trim when it goes on sale.
Riding on a 105.1-inch wheelbase, both models of the 2017 Subaru Impreza are 1.6 inches longer than their predecessors, while a 0.4-inch lower height improves aerodynamics and gives the Impreza a lower coefficient of drag.
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Performance has been slightly improved with a revised version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine now providing 152 horsepower compared to the previous generation’s 148 hp.
Along with Subaru’s EyeSight system that includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic pre-collision braking and lane departure and sway warning, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert are available as options. Also new are available Steering Responsive headlights that can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them.
New driver-assist technologies on the model includes reverse automatic braking and the display of steering lines for the standard rearview camera. Reverse automatic braking can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing.
Expect pricing information for the 2017 Subaru Impreza to be announced closer to its release.
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