To be honest, we’d pretty much forgotten that the Subaru Impreza still exists. The name certainly hasn’t been so high profile since it was dropped from the WRX some years ago and now there’s just a single model available in the UK, a 1.6-litre hatchback that sells in penny numbers.
The Impreza is bigger news elsewhere in the world, though, and could be about to hit the headlines again here with the launch of an all-new generation.
It really is all-new. It uses Subaru’s ‘Global Platform’ chassis that will eventually underpin every car in the range, including the WRX and big Forester SUV. According to Subaru, the new platform “significantly enhances safety, ride comfort and agility.”
The saloon pictured here is longer, wider and lower than the outgoing car; the UK will likely only get the five-door hatchback body. A new generation of flat-four Boxer engines lives under the bonnet. Specs have yet to revealed, but cylinder deactivation is expected to feature. Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical four-wheel-drive remains.
Interior design and quality takes a leap forward. Subaru’s latest infotainment with voice control and apps features, along with EyeSight collision mitigation systems.
But enough of that. What of the next-gen WRX? The good news is that there will be another WRX, though it is set to be a radical departure. It’s expected to use a hybrid powertrain, with a 2.0-litre turbo motor driving the front wheels and an electric motor on the rear axle, producing around 320bhp.
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By Only Motors