2016 NYIAS All-new Subaru Impreza world premiere Recently unveiled at the NYIAS (New York International Auto Show), the all-new Subaru Impreza in its fifth-generation guise is bound to be a hit with “Scooby” fans in the States. We have mentioned, in our previous feature, that the new-gen Impreza incorporates the brand’s Global Platform and Dynamic x Solid design philosophy, yet retains the 2.0-liter Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-wheel Drive.

The new Subaru Impreza, which comes in Hatchback (5-door) and Sedan versions, is seen in the Wide & Low stance with its sporty impression, and in the unified three-dimensional structure extending from the hexagonal grille that symbolizes the Subaru identity to the hawk-eye headlights. The front face plays the role of starting point from which the front flows via the sides to the rear, with each part uniting into a solid form.

The rich inflection of the character line extending from the front fender to the door panels and rear shoulder, and the line rising energetically toward the rear from the lower door panel, give dynamism to the solid body surface. The powerfully extended fender flares express the reliability of Subaru All-wheel Drive.

From the rear, the combination lights share the same motif as the headlights to express a Wide & Low stance. The sedan body’s sleek styling from cabin toward trunk lid enhances the sporty impression. On the 5-Door body, a tightened cabin through the rear combination lights and powerful looking shoulder silhouette enhance the sporty impression of the nimble 5-Door style.

Moving inside, the combination of sporty and advanced design and sophisticated construction delivers an interior that far surpasses its class. The spacious design flows from the instrument panel through the door trim for a feeling of refinement. Furthermore, the seats’ structures that are made more fitting to the bodies of passengers have been revamped to far surpass the quality of its class.

In the center of the instrument panel is an 8.0-inch touch-screen display for the infotainment system, which can connect with CarPlay, Android Auto, and other setups. Detailed stitching on the instrument panel complements the quality feel. In addition to the enhanced interior signature Subaru functionalities have been further improvised including the all-round visibility, spacious cabin and cargo room.

A 2.0-liter direct-injection Boxer engine is employed on the new Impreza, which has been completely revamped compared with previous naturally aspirated engine. This translates to more power and better fuel consumption, while the improved Lineartronic also greatly enhances ratio coverage and lightness to boost acceleration performance and fuel economy. As well as employing full auto-step shift control, the Impreza features a 7-speed manual mode function that allows the driver to accelerate as desired. Evidently, noise and vibration are greatly reduced on both the engine and transmission, for more pleasant sounds and a dynamic feel.

The new platform of the new Impreza dramatically increases rigidity throughout the body and chassis (a 70% to 100% increase over present models) and incorporates substantial improvements to the suspension system and achieve a lower center of gravity, bringing about highly responsive steering that allows drivers to control the vehicle more precisely.

When it comes to safety features and driver’s assist systems, the new Impreza doesn’t spare much, check out: the EyeSight, Subaru’s innovative and highly acclaimed driver assist technology; increased use of high-tensile steel plates; Pre-Collision Braking Control; Adaptive Cruise Control; Lane Keep Assist; High Beam Assist; auto reverse braking; and blind spot detection.

Subaru plans to switch production for the North American Impreza from Japan to the U.S., with the first units rolling off the line in late 2016.

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