Subaru Impreza 4-door/5-door recast with fuel-thrifty engine
Bob Plunkett, Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:45:53 PST
The 2017 Impreza 2.0i 5-Door -- a sporty compact-class hatchback from Japanese automaker Subaru -- hunkers low against the road and hugs hard through tight curves with all tires clawing for traction thanks to the Subaru standard symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.
Subaru's all-new global platform forms the foundation for the revamped, reworked and restyled 2017 Impreza line consisting of a 4-door notchback sedan and the 5-door hatchback trimming in Base, Premium, Sport and Limited iterations.
The rigid and tight platform, drawn in wide-track stance with wheels floating independently at the corners, sets up a nimble package of compact dimensions rigged with all the right stuff to allow the Impreza to romp on pavement. A lower center of gravity and revised suspension contribute to Impreza's performance evolution as the double-wishbone independent rear suspension attaches the rear stabilizer bar directly to the car body, which dramatically reduces body roll.
The steering system, through a rack and pinion arrangement, employs electric power assistance tuned for quick responses and a solid on-center feel from the wheel.
The 4-wheel disc brakes tie to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic brake assist (EBA) plus a stability system under Subaru's label of Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with a 4-wheel traction control system (TCS). Active Torque Vectoring (ATV), a feature on the multi-mode VDC stability and traction control system for Impreza Sport, can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to facilitate more neutral cornering.
Exterior styling for 2017 Impreza issues appears sleek yet clean and unfettered. The prow, tapering to a narrow point in front of a sculpted hood, carries elongated hawk-eye headlamp clusters flanking a redesigned chrome-rimmed grille filled with blacked-out mesh and the lower fascia housing a broad yet thin air intake port plus corner foglamps on top trim editions.
The 2017 Impreza has a wheelbase length measuring to 105.1 inches, which is a 1.0-inch increase over the previous generation Impreza. Both Sedan and 5-Door run 1.6 inches longer than the last issues, and both gain 1.5 inches in body width. The increased dimensions add more volume to the 5-seat passenger compartment.
Impreza's cockpit design has a pair of bucket seats flanking a console on the front row and a 3-seat bench with 60/40-split seatback on the second row.
All 2017 Impreza editions feel fired up for action, thanks to a unique little Subaru engine that produces surprising muscle and torque from relatively modest displacement. The plant displaces 2.0 liters and has four cylinders opposed horizontally and set perpendicular to the drive line, then linked with equal-length drive shafts so pairs of cylinders act like boxers jabbing at one another in counterbalanced movements that negate the typical in-line-4 engine's jar-your-teeth vibrations. The 2.0-liter Boxer-4 engine with direct fuel injection and electronic throttle control produces 152 hp.
All of the engine's power channels through Subaru's Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with a 7-speed manual shift mode and paddle shifters at hand on the steering wheel for highline trims.
Subaru rigs all Impreza models with an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that's always engaged. The active AWD system comes with a continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch (CVHTC) managed electronically.
The 2017 Impreza also gains new driver-assist technologies, including Reverse Automatic Braking and the display of steering lines for the standard rear vision camera. Further, a new safety option -- Eyesight -- brings coordination of Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning, plus a Lane Keep Assist function.
New Impreza Sport editions bring exclusive styling and features including standard LED daytime running lights, black-finish front grille, body-color rocker panels and turn signal side mirrors, gloss black rear gate trim (5-Door) or a rear trunk spoiler (Sedan). In the Sport cabin, special black cloth upholstery trims with red stitching and repeats on steering wheel, gear shift and door trim. Also, the instrument panel contains exclusive Sport gauges and a Multi-Function Display.
Subaru's price structure for 2017 Impreza models commences below $20,000.