Even while sales numbers are pretty good, the name Impreza isn’t was it was a decade ago. For those who doesn’t remember those days, many markets all over the world and outside Asia were dominated by Subaru and its exciting flagship.
Now the Impreza has little of what it previously was. But let’s get things straight: we aren’t saying that the modern Impreza is bad in any way. Actually, we can properly say the 2017 Impreza Sedan has what it takes to continue dominating its segment in terms of sales and without breaking a sweat.
With this new itineration, Subaru brings us some relevant novelties we can see at first sight. Let’s get into details.
Specs and Power
By leaving behind all the rally spirit the Impreza had many years ago, Subaru is trying to shape the brand in order to compete in a comfort-focused market. We are no longer talking about a fast vehicle but a cozy one.
The 2017 Impreza Sedan will pack a DOHC 16-valve 2.0-litre flat-4 powerplant. The power output is rated at 152 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 145 lb-ft of maximum torque at 4000 rpm. The setup will be complete with a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT with shifting mode.
Oddly, all the trims on the 2017 Impreza Sedan are getting the same engine, not even with slight modifications between them. The performance is below average, actually, going from zero to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds and reaching a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h).
This all-wheel drive sedan is also debuting the new Subaru Global Platform, which implies a total overhaul to the production pattern that the carmaker followed for many years. This actually means that the whole platform on which the Impreza is now being build is basically brand-new.
With this major changes, the 2017 Impreza Sedan is trading power for more effective handling and steering. Actually, early impressions about the model have already implied that the handling is one strong point on the model.
A New Face
There is no challenge in identifying the great differences that the 2017 Impreza Sedan has in terms of design, both inside and out. The concept was deeply worked by Subaru, maybe trying to leave behind the rally feel and bring something more luxurious and elegant.
The four different trims available (Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited) share basically the same features in terms of mechanics. This means that the trim structure is basically dedicated to segmentation of the equipment the Impreza will receive.
Buyers will have a vast array of options when it comes to equipping the car. Entertaining onboard will be provided by Harman/Kardon stereos, Apple CarPlay applications, and many other extras you could be willing to pay for. There are many comfort and luxury-like options for the interior that are distributed in the several trims.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan represents a notification for us to forget what the name supposed to be in the early days. Times have changed but isn’t going to be easy to simply leave that ugly rally car with the gold rims behind.
The base price starts at US$19,715.