With automakers so often trying to promote brand identity, it is becoming more important that all models under a single manufacturer carry the same basic styling cues. And with Subaru recently revamping its Legacy for 2015, it is now time to spread that new look to another model, the 2015 Impreza.
This refresh for the 2015 model year ushers in a revised grille that has a thinner surround, a thinner center bar and a more subdued pattern on it insert; a revised front bumper with new two-louver lower grille and totally new fog light surrounds; and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it revision to the headlights. The changes also include more aerodynamic side-view mirrors and an LED center high-mounted stoplight on all sedan models. To give you a better idea of the changes on the outside, we included a side-by-side comparison image below.
The Impreza also changes in the technology department for 2015 as Subaru added in Eyesight Driver Assist Technology on the 2.0i Limited and 2.0i Sport Limited trim levels. This Eyesight system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure Warning. Also making their debuts are a new infotainment system with a standard 6.2-inch touchscreen and single gesture recognition, and a standard rearview camera.
Under the hood, things remain relatively unchanged with a 2.0-liter, boxer-four engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates to a five-speed manual as standard but a CVT is available. The power travels to all four wheels via Suby’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This AWD system differs between the manual transmission and CVT; the manual gets a 50/50 front-to-rear torque split in normal conditions, whereas the CVT’s AWD system operates essentially as a front-wheel-drive system until it senses wheel slip. The only changes in the drivetrain are that the 2.0i Premium now comes standard with the Lineartronic CVT and that fuel economy with the CVT is now 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined.
Subaru also paid close attention to reducing cabin noise in the 2015 Impreza. To help achieve this reduced noise, the automaker added more sound deadening materials, thicker side glass and improved seals.
Subaru did not reveal when the 2015 Impreza will hit dealers, nor did it outline pricing details.