Friday, March 25, 2016

The all-new Subaru Impreza looks like the old Subaru Impreza

Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the manufacturing conglomerate behind the Subaru brand of vehicles, has revealed the all-new, fifth-generation Subaru Impreza in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback form at the New York International Auto Show.

While FHI claims though that the all-new Subaru Impreza debuts the brand’s new design language on top of its equally-new Subaru Global Platform architecture, it seems Subaru's designers were uninspired when they were creating the vehicle. That's because while it doesn't quite look like the outgoing Impreza, its front end does resemble the WRX and the WRX STI, which are basically restyled high-performance Imprezas. Here's a look at the front fascia of the current WRX on the left and the all-new Impreza on the right.

Still, the all-new Subaru Impreza isn't that bad. The new car is much bigger than the outgoing model, with a wheelbase increase of one inch, the length by 1.6in, and the width by 1.5in to give it a roomier cabin despite being lower by 0.4in to help improve its aerodynamics by giving it a lower drag coefficient.

Behind the signature hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights is an updated version of the current 2.0-liter, flat-four FB engine that puts out 152hp. Mated to it is Subaru's Lineartronic continuously variable transmission which has a seven-speed manual mode.

As for the aforementioned Subaru Global Platform architecture, which will be used to underpin future vehicle models from the Japanese carmaker, it has optimized cross sections and highly-stiffened joints between structures which enhances its straight-line stability, agility and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration and harshness "to a degree not seen in the compact class." It also increases the rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70% and, in addition to its lower center of gravity (by 5mm) and revised suspension systems--specifically its double-wishbone independent rear suspension which mounts its rear stabilizer bar directly to the body and helps reduce body roll by 50% compared to the outgoing model--FHI claims that the new platform is "the biggest-ever leap in Subaru’s performance evolution."

The all-new Subaru Impreza is scheduled to go on sale in the Unites States in late 2016. No word yet on when Subaru's ASEAN distributor, Motor Image Group, will bring the car to the region.

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