Subaru Impreza returns to the UK
Subaru UK is to bring the Impreza back to the UK, with the latest model going on sale throughout the network from 1 May.
The new model will be limited to one, non-turbo engine and one trim level with a choice of transmissions. The new 1.6-litre Impreza RC will be priced from £17,495 (on-the-road) for five-speed manual models and from £18,995 for models fitted with Subaru’s Lineartronic transmission. The Impreza will be the only car in the C-segment to offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD) as standard on every model.
A combination of a more favourable exchange rate and persistent customer demand has led to the decision to make the Impreza available again in the UK market in small volumes, and will offer an interesting and price competitive alternative to much more established competition in the highly competitive C-segment. The latest Impreza has been enjoying significant sales success in both its home market of Japan and in the US since its launch in 2012.
Since its introduction to the global market in 1992, the Impreza has become the most famous of Subaru model names, with the brand’s high-tech Symmetrical AWD system and four-cylinder horizontally-opposed Boxer engines core to the car’s road-going abilities and appeal.
The new Impreza retains these attributes, featuring a new-generation 1.6-litre Boxer petrol engine, the latest version of Subaru’s hallmark All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment, and an impressive range of safety and fuel efficiency aids. he new Impreza was designed to offer excellent stability on the road and a high level of practicality. The car’s hawk-eye headlights and hexagonal grille show that it belongs to the Subaru family, while its prominent wheel arches emphasise its All-Wheel Drive character. The A-pillar is located closer to the front of the car than its predecessors, allowing a sleeker, more aerodynamic shape and a more spacious cabin.
Inside the car, the cabin is composed of a range of highly-durable and high quality materials. The impression of spaciousness is enhanced by a wide field of vision, wider door dimensions and higher hip points in all seats. The dashboard and steering wheel feature clear switches and controls, with a Multi-Function Display screen atop the central console.
Like all of its predecessors, the new Impreza is equipped with a four-cylinder horizontally-opposed Boxer engine, providing a lower centre of gravity for superior road-holding, and for the best compromise between performance and fuel efficiency.
The new model will be sold in the UK with a 1.6-litre Boxer petrol engine, producing 114ps and 150Nm of torque for eager throttle response. The engine features separate cooling circuits for the cylinder block and cylinder head, allowing it to warm-up more quickly to reduce friction and improve fuel economy. An Active Valve Control System helps keep engine friction even lower by reducing the oil pump relief pressure. A maintenance-free chain-type camshaft drive belt further improves efficiency. The 1.6-litre engine in the Impreza complies with Euro 5 emissions standards.
The new model will be available with a choice of five-speed manual or chain-driven Lineartronic (CVT) transmissions. The Lineartronic transmission further improves the environmental performance of the Impreza, while wide ratio coverage and a six-speed manual-shift mode ensure decisive performance and a smooth drive.