| 27th April 2011
Subaru is displaying an all-new Impreza at the New York Auto Show and it comes with a more dynamic design, according to the Japanese manufacturer.
The decision was made because despite the Impreza being Subaru’s most popular model in the UK, it still falls behind the leading compacts in terms of market share and sales figures; a trend it is aiming to change with its fresh design.
Its changes are most noticeable on the inside of the model where refinement and quality has been improved over the previous generation in terms of materials and details.
New seats have been installed complete with new cushions while equipment has also been improved with climate control, multi-function display and automatic lights all available.
On the outside the model is less obviously aggressive and lacks the air vents and spoilers of old. Instead the new design is sleek and reminiscent of other more mainstream compacts on the market and looks markedly similar to the Chevrolet Cruze.
The five-door model will retain Subaru’s trademark Boxer engine in the form of a 1.6-litre petrol unit which will work in cooperation with either a five-speed manual transmission or the manufacturer’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
It will also come with Subaru’s signature, symmetrical all-wheel drive train which will be helped by improvements in ride and handling, brought about by a new suspension set-up and hydraulic engine mounts.
Subaru is yet to release any further details regarding the new Impreza, including a potential release date, pricing or performance data.
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