2017 Subaru Impreza is Roomier, Slightly More Powerful

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu
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The 2017 Subaru Impreza made its official debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

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.

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Isend2C Isend2C on Mar 27, 2016

    you can tell by the photos that despite the new design Subaru has no intention of improving its quality, the same heated seat buttons as from 1998, and cheap cloth for the trunk and blank buttons. I hope I'm wrong but that was a disappointing part about my 2015 Outback.

  • Patrick Jackson Patrick Jackson on Mar 28, 2016

    Looks about the same to me design wise.