The Impreza, Subaru’s mythical compact sedan has had a facelift! This sixth generation unveiled in Los Angeles is more powerful than the previous ones, but does not break any bricks from a stylistic point of view…
If they are success remains marginal in France, Subaru remains an influential and original car manufacturer with regard to its industrial strategies. Founded in 1953the Japanese brand specializes in flat engines (called “Boxer”). As well as in models with all-wheel drive. The Leone 4WD, released in 1972, is for example considered the first production car with a 4X4 transmission! The brand will go from success to success over the years, driven by the development de son SUV Forester and of to Impreza compact sedans. We owe the latter a package of World Rally Championship victories (about fifty!), who contributed to make this appellation part of the legend of the automobile.
A legendary appellation
The Impreza was launched for its first generation in 1992, to replace the Leone, precisely. Originally a four-door saloon, it was declined in a station wagon variantsat five doors (2008). As well as in one crossover (2011), baptized XV and now Crosstek. Marginal in France and Europe, this anti-Corolla encounters a much more promising success in the United States, where the brand enjoys good visibility. It is therefore quite naturally at the Los Angeles Motor Show that the sixth generation Impreza has been freshly unveiled by Subaru. It, which is now only available in five-door bodywork, does not upset the stylistic codes compared to its predecessor…
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A sixth version thermal, and automatic…
We find him pretty much the same line as before. HASith an increase in safety equipment, and a chassis whose rigidity has been – according to Subaru – improved by 10%. The all-wheel drive of course remains standard, here with an improved symmetrical system compared to the previous Impreza. On the engine and transmission side, it’s a small revolution. She is no longer more available than gasoline, dropping its hybrid variants. At the entry level, there is a 2.0 liters of 152 horsepowerfollowed by a 2.5 liters of 182 horsepower. Both require automatic gearboxthe manual therefore disappears on the Impreza… On board, it updates its multimedia equipment and its embedded technologies.
It is difficult to see how this sixth version of the Impreza could land with us. Now that she’s not more offered than in purely thermal versions… This is the eternal story of Subaru in France: the ecological penalties which have always weighed down its sales, in the face of Auris then Corolla hybrids. Some European markets are more buoyant than others for the brand, such as Germany, Switzerland or Belgium. Perhaps we will therefore be able to come across this Impreza if it were to be distributed among them.
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