Subaru Lifts The Veil Off The New Impreza Hatchback And Sedan [w/Video]

This is the all-new five-door version of the Subaru Impreza, the first model -along with the sedan– of the brand that gets to use the new global platform.

Joining the Impreza sedan, the new hatchback is designed to offer a more involving driving experience and higher levels of comfort.

Compared to the previous model, the new Impreza rides on a longer by 1.0in wheelbase with the rest of the car being wider by 1.5in, 1.6in longer and 0.4in lower. The lower height helps in improving the shape of the new Impreza, making more aerodynamic with a lower drag coefficient.

As ever, the new generation will continue to be offered with Subaru’s permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and flat-four engines with the company adding the also new Eyesight array of technologies which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning, plus a Lane Keep Assist function as standard.

Subaru takes pride on their new global platform which is now 70 per cent stiffer and improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent when compared to the one it replaces. The newfound rigidity allowed the company to further lower the center of gravity and re-engineer the suspension setup, with Subaru saying that this is the biggest-ever leap in the brand’s performance evolution.

More specifically, Subaru was able to mount the rear stabilizer bar of the double wishbone suspension directly to the body which helped reducing body roll by a whopping 50 per cent compared to the outgoing model. The better straight-line stability makes the new Impreza more relaxing to drive on the motorway with the company also claiming to improve dramatically the agility of the whole construction.

Both the sedan and the hatch models will be available initially with the company’s revised 2.0-litre boxer petrol engine which now makes 152hp (vs 148hp before). Subaru added direct fuel injection and made other smaller revisions to boost both the performance and drivability. As before, Subaru will offer a CVT Lineartronic transmission which offers seven preselected ratios in manual mode in higher trims.

Sport models will come equipped with Active Torque Vectoring, exclusive suspension setup and 18-inch alloy wheels and aim to become the handling benchmark in their segment. Other exclusive features include LED daytime running lights (DRL), black-finish front grille, body-color rocker panels and turn signal side mirrors. The Impreza Sport Hatch features gloss black rear gate trim with the Sedan getting a rear spoiler.

The Starlink infotainment system offers the latest in connectivity and digital music playing, with Subaru to offer Safety and Security Connected Services as one of the most affordable telematics options in the market, including SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts, Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

Who else is really excited for the STI versions?



  • Yoyo

    It’s so MEH…

  • Laurenz

    The Design of the Hatchback is well executed than the Sedan. The Sedan is more of a streamlined and stretched version of the current Impreza. Kudos to Subaru for the Hatchback, Sedan could have been designed exactly from the concept. But as we know it has to meet government regulations.

  • Ralph

    Why waste a reflector? Subaru could’ve used the space of the rear turn signals as part of the design of the bumper and incorporated the bodylines for the rear. “What Ever Happened” To The Ambitious Sports Oriented Subaru? Now it’s a Conservative Mainstream Vehicle Design Strategy. Hyundai first began the “Swooping” Deign with the Sonata Sedan, Then Ford Followed with The Fusion Sedan, Fiat/Chrysler with the 200 Sedan and Dart Sedan. There is no originality anymore with the current designs we have now. I remember when someone said every car looks the same. Well Now They Do! The Same Lines, Front End and most of all Green House!

  • WG

    yes!!! LED highlight……. no need to worry about the light bulb

    • Althea Later

      unless the LED breaks

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Photo 18: heavy body+skinny sidewalls+large wheel arch gap = not a good look.

  • xDRAN0x

    it looks too friendly/cartoony front the front, dunno thats my feeling. Still no rear vent for the passenger! But really does look like a small Outback.

  • MarkoS

    Very nice! EXP the advertisement photos of it outdoors. This will continue Subaru’s success. Can’t wait for the XV Crosstrek, I will take mine in that Blue color with a 1.6 turbo…

  • It looks so booooring, that you could just die looking at it. The front is a copy of levorg, the back of the hatchback is way too heavy. Is it a hatchback or variant? From the side the hatchback looks like first gen Hyundai i30 – not too amused. Where are those imprezas of early 90s? Where is the agressive design?

  • Enter Ranting

    Anonymous and nondescript.

  • Stig-a-saw-us-wrecks is back!

    WRX hatch or nothing…

  • james

    Holy Front Overhang!!!!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Sticks out like an erection

  • Tinky-Winky

    At least the interior has improved.

  • Althea Later

    Hmmmm not too shabby. I think I kinda like it (the 5 door)… looks more like a wagon than before… that’s why I like it.
    It appears that the tailgate window is more upright than before. Yeaaaaayyy! That’s a good thing.
    So tired of seeing cargo-robbing 45° rear windows on almost every 5 door vehicle now.
    Unfortunately I doubt the rear seats will recline or have height adjustment for the passenger seat. Hopefully they will let me sit in it next week and not have it locked on a platform!!!

  • Dennis Scipio

    Mitsubishi is probably crying over this now lancer is the oldest car in the segment.

    • Romanovich

      designer from Mitsubishi working for Subaru

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I take it back. This, just… I can’t.

  • uS’gedlemba

    They’ve consistently released a more ulglier than previous generation WRX each an every damn time they release one…how do they do it?

  • Six_Tymes

    WRX hatch or STI and i’m in.

  • ME

    I want to see what the Crosstrek looks like. Why do companies fail to provide TWO map pockets for the front seats? So Cheap!

    • emjayay

      Just like a jacked up hatchback I’m guessing.

    • Althea Later

      I don’t get that either. Some cheap a$$ at Subaru has been making that decision for years. How much money are they saving per vehicle?

  • barely different from the previous… People won’t notice it.

  • emjayay

    Subaru hasn’t had any visual brand identity for many years. Each new one is pretty much a conglomeration of random styling cues from where ever with no overall concept in evidence. The only original bit is the sculpture line weaving its way down the side for no apparent reason.

    Looks has nothing to do with why people buy them. The Forester is on the same platform and I would expect it to follow, and continue in the no actual styling tradition.

  • Incog Nito

    An old looking new car. Like a brand new 94 model Subaru

  • MarkoS

    To promotional photos of them outdoors do them better justice.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    The Sedan has been turned into a Korean subpar car. I was waiting to see it because may want to buy a WRX relatively soon and they come up with this trash.