Johannesburg – After skipping a generation, (if you’ll ignore the WRX version that was based on the fourth-gen sedan but didn’t wear an Impreza badge) Subaru has launched its all-new Impreza sedan in South Africa and the importer refers to its new four-door as “a game changer”.
It’s built on the company’s new global platform, which makes extensive use of high-tensile steel, and Subaru says it’s in a “whole new class” when it comes to refinement, safety, interior technology and driving dynamics, also being up to 70 percent more torsionally rigid. Was the previous version not rigid then?
Anyhow, power is provided by a new direct injection, normally aspirated 2-litre petrol engine that produces 115kW at 6000rpm and 196Nm at 4200rpm. As you'd expect, it powers all four wheels through Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
All local models will be fitted with Subaru’s upgraded Lineartronic CVT gearbox that features steering-mounted shifter panels that allow the driver to flick between seven predetermined steps, or virtual gears as one might call them.
There is only one derivative for now and it’s called the 2.0i-S Premium CVT. Though rather well appointed it is technically a mid-range model as Subaru will expand the range with a lower-spec Impreza and a flagship 2.0i ES Premium this coming October.