Subaru Canada is planning to release the new 5th generation Impreza in December, starting from $19,995 for the 4-door sedan and $20,895 for the hatchback.
It tops out at an MSRP of $30,095 ($30,995 for the hatchback), with trim levels including Convenience, Touring, Sport and Sport-tech (in that order), with the top two (Sport) levels also getting an optional Technology package.
Canadian Imprezas exclusively top out in a new Sport-tech trim that features a sport suspension, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, automatic torque vectoring to grant the symmetrical all-wheel drive even better control. It also features blacked-out trim pieces in the grille, outside mirrors (which also add LED signal lights) and hatchgate surround trim on the hatchback (the sedan gets a rear wing).
Impreza is the first product using Subaru’s new global platform that will eventually be the foundation for all new Subarus coming down the road. Extensive use of high-strength steel improves rigidity (reportedly by 70%), while reducing noise, vibration and harshness.
Cosmetically, the new Impreza is differentiated from its predecessor with a new front bumper, fog lights, outside mirrors and roof moulding, as well as a new grille with shutters to improve aerodynamics. The rear gets new LED taillights (LED headlights and running lights are standard on the Sport trims) and the sedan gets a prominent rear spoiler.
Power for the new Impreza is supplied by the 2.0-litre horizontally opposed (Boxer) 4-cylinder that is 80% new and puts out 152 hp. Power delivery is handled by a 5-speed manual or optionally by continuously variable automatic that has a 7-step manual mode through paddle shifters.
Electric power steering is lighter and improves the steering ratio to 13:1 (from 16:1 in the current model) for quicker response.
Driving aids include EyeSight, high-beam assist (which automatically switches to low beams when meeting other vehicles head on), lane keep assist, and automatic rear braking (which sounds an audible warning when it senses an object behind the vehicle as it’s reversing and then applies the brakes if no action is taken by the driver).
Sport and Sport-tech trim levels also get steering responsive headlights, blind-spot detection, (which goes farther with warnings when it senses the vehicle behind is approaching at a high rate of speed), and rear cross traffic warning.
The larger wheelbase translates directly into a roomier cabin, and dresses it up with revised front seats, a flatter cargo floor when the rear seats are down. The steering wheel is smaller, with better redundant controls, and the air-conditioning has been redesigned for better air distribution. And of course the car is thoroughly connected with Bluetooth, Siri, Tom Tom, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Sport-tech gets unique leather upholstery trimmed in silver stitching (the steering wheel, transmission and hand brake boots get red stitching), heated steering wheel, dual zone climate control and new 8-speaker Harman Kardon infotainment system controlled via an 8-inch touchscreen