At the NY Auto show, Subaru introduced the next generation of Impreza. Coming from such a storied and much followed history this fourth generation model has a lot to live up to. To start out the 2.0 liter 148hp Boxer engine will boast a 30% improvement in fuel economy (27mpg city 36mpg highway) over last year’s model all the while of course using Subaru’s standard Symmetrical AWD system.
All 2012 models will come standard with stability control and 4-wheel Anti-Lock Brakes all the while living up to Subaru’s history of renowned safety features. The new body design makes greater use of high- tensile steel and body stiffening for added safety in case of impact.
The premium model will include 16” alloy wheels and will come with various electronic and audio upgrades such as Bluetooth, iPod control capability, USB and 3.5mm aux input jack all part of the package. There will also be an optional All-Weather Package available that adds heated seats, side view mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.
Subaru is also releasing a Sport Premium package 5 door model that combines 17” wheels and the All Weather Package with fog lights, roof rails and different seat fabric and rocker panel spoilers than the other Impreza models. The 2012 Impreza will be available at your local Subaru dealership this fall.
As I was typing up this article I was frantically looking for a listing in the press release of a WRX and or STI package to be available. The 2012 Impreza, even though it may boast some improvements on paper over its 2011 counterpart, is not a real looker. The styling is pedestrian and the overall “blah” look of the exterior leaves much to be desired. Let’s hope Subaru does both history and Impreza fans justice and provides us with a more aggressive, hard lined model we are all looking for.