2012 Subaru Impreza Revealed
At this month’s New York Auto Show, Subaru unveiled the 4th generation of its Impreza model, bringing the 4-door and 5-door variants. The new model has the same exterior dimensions as the outgoing model, but offers a more spacious cabin and better fuel economy. Subaru also said that the new Impreza is more fun to drive; we’ll have to wait and see about that.
The wheelbase of the 4th generation Impreza has grown by 25 mm, while the bottom end of the A-pillar has been extended 200 mm toward the front. In addition, the door structure has been modified and all of these changes have brought more elbow and shoulder space, along with more room for the passengers in the back and the driver now benefits from an improved field of vision. Cargo space has also gone up and Subaru says that in the sedan you can put in four golf bags, while in the hatchback version you can store three.
The U.S.-spec version comes with the company’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and is powered by the third generation of Subaru’s 2.0-liter boxer engine, which will be linked to either a standard 5-speed manual gearbox or the new Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
This new engine produces 148 hp, which is 22 hp less than the previous one; and 145 lb.-ft (197 Nm) of torque. This smaller engine has managed to do 36 mpg in the preliminary in-house tests, which is a record for a U.S.-market all-wheel drive production model. To achieve this figure, the engineers over at Subaru had to implement a few weight saving techniques, managing to drop the Impreza’s curb weight to only 2,910 lbs (1,320 kg), and also they’ve optimized the car’s aerodynamics and fitted it with low-rolling resistance tires.
As far as the design is concerned, it looks pretty boring if you ask me, although Subaru said that they have used the “Smart & Classy” concept. Inside, we find a 3-spoke steering wheel, a round speedometer and rev counter, not that exciting at all.
No word about availability and price list yet.
Source: Subaru via Carscoop
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