Subaru used the recently concluded New York Auto show to unveil their latest 2017 Subaru Impreza. The 5-door hatch and 4-door sedan are popular haulers among young Americans hence the decision to unveil them in New York. The models become the first Subaru Imprezas ever to be built in the US.
The automaker also announced that both the sedan and the hatch will be underpinned by the new Subaru Global platform that will also be introduced to other models in the Subaru lineup. The new platform has been specifically developed to accommodate electric and hybrid power-trains which is the direction the market is taking.
2017 Subaru Impreza Exterior
The 2017 Subaru Impreza will be offered in 4 trim levels (Base, Premium, Sport and Limited) just like its predecessors. However, for the first time, the Sport trim is also available for the sedan.
The front profile of the sedan and hatchback are identical and are based on the Concept Subaru showcased in LA auto show last year. The features are however toned down for production purposes. The front features a redesigned grille with blacked-out mesh. The grille is surrounded by sporty LED headlights and LED DRLs.
The Limited trim features Konoji LED running lights. The bumper below the grille is also new and is integrated with a thin center intake and modified side vents. The sides vents feature small black inserts and are not chromed like on the outgoing models. The engine hood has been revised and it does not extend into the grille like in the predecessor models.
On the sides, the sedan and the hatch are similar to some extent. They sport a similar body line below the waistline just above their side skirts. They also share the line that connects the outer tip of the headlights and the tip of the taillights. Above the waistline, the two versions are a bit different. The hatch sports a small pointed window at the rear quarter panel.
Things are very different at the rear. The hatchback features a dominating overhang with a black trim on each side of the hatch glass. The taillights also stretch onto the hatch just as they extend to the sedan’s deck-lid. The hatch features a body line below the taillights which is not available on the sedan. The hatch also features a reflector on each corner as well as a recessed area in the middle. For the sedan, its taillights extend into the trunk lid while its recess is thinner and longer. This gives it a wide stance. The sedan also features a black spoiler above the trunk lid.
The base Imprezas will ride on 15-inch wheels. The Premium trim models will feature 16-inch alloys while the Limited trim gets 17-inch machine-finished alloys. The Sport trim will ride on 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels.
2017 Subaru Impreza Interior
Except for the physical dimensions, the interior of the sedan and of the hatch are identical. This difference in shape means the hatch has better headroom for the rear passengers courtesy of its extended roof. Both models will accommodate five passengers. The Base trim models feature quality cloth upholstery on the seats. The hatchback rear seats have a 60/40 split-folding capability to offer more cargo room when need be.
Standard features on the Base trim of both the hatch and the sedan include a 6.5-inch display for its infotainment system. The system features Android Auto, Apple Carplay and Bluetooth connectivity. The Base trim also features a tilt-and telescoping steering wheel and power windows. There is a second multifunctional screen which displays various information such as fuel economy.
The Premium trim adds the automakers Starlink safety system and heated front seats. The Sport trim on the other hands introduces an 8.0 –inch display, keyless entry and ignition, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. For audiophiles, the trim features Harman/Kardon premium sound system. The top Limited trim is the most equipped. It adds leather upholstery as standard. The leather upholstery is contrasted with a double stitching on the instrument panel and on door armrests. The trim also adds a 6-way power driver’s seat. Its steering wheel and shifter are wrapped in leather; an automatic climate control system is also offered. A navigation system featuring maps by TomTom and an EyeSight technology are offered as options.
The Eyesight technology features a host of driving aids such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking assist, blind-spot monitoring, reverse automatic braking and automatic high-beams.
The Subaru Impreza 2017 is powered by an upgraded 2.0 L 4-cylinder boxer engine. Subaru has hooked up the engine with direct injection. The upgrade has helped pump output from 148 hp to 152 hp.
The engine will be mated with a CVT transmission with paddle shifters in high trim levels. Some markets will have an option for a manual gearbox but as of this writing, Subaru had not confirmed or denied whether the manual will be available in the US. All models will feature Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD as standard. EPA ratings are not yet out but we expect the engine to be more efficient even though just slightly compared to the version on current models. Outgoing models with CVT transmission return 29 mpg in city and 38 mpg on highway.
Price and release date
Subaru had not yet released pricing details of the 2017 Subaru Impreza as of this writing. However, we don’t expect much change from the current model prices but there could be a price hike of around $1,000. Currently, the 2016 base hatch has an MSRP of $ 18,795 while the top hatch trim attracts up to $ 23,595.
The base sedan, on the other hand, starts at $ 19,090 and goes as high as $ 24,390. Both the hatch and the sedan will go on sale in the second half of 2016. The automaker will announce actual prices close to the sale date.
The Impreza sedan will face rivalry from the likes of Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Mitsubishi Lancer. The hatchback, on the other hand, will compete with the new models of Mazda 3 and Ford Focus.