Subaru has opted to shy away from the more adventurous styling of earlier concept cars, though the finished product is not to be sniffed at. Design elements work nicely together across the whole car. Front and rear lights are tied by a character line down the shoulder, rising at the rear.
A restyled interior elevates the Impreza’s feeling of quality. The dashboard, in particular, and Subaru’s choice of materials are improvements. A new infotainment system features on the larger, 8-inch touchscreen.
Subaru states “around 80 per cent” of engine components have been revised to reduce weight. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine has had a bump in power, up slightly to 112kW. There should also be an improvement in fuel efficiency.
A new Sport model will be added to the range, sitting between entry level variants and the rally-bred WRX model. It will feature 18-inch wheels with a polished finish and performance suspension.
Safety highlights include Subaru’s EyeSight system which is being offered in Impreza for the first time. EyeSight features autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. A parking assist system alerts you to obstacles when reversing and can brake for you to prevent a collision.
At this stage we can expect the 2017 Impreza to launch in Australia at the end of this year.