Subaru is no stranger to disappointing fans with its “redesigns” and with the 2017 Impreza set to get a complete redesign, we all prepared for disappointment, once again. At the New York Auto Show, Subaru showed off the new Impreza and it actually lived up to its promise of a sharp, new design.
Basically, the only thing that carries over from the previous-generation Impreza is the emblem on its grille and the fact that it’s available as either a sedan of hatchback. The front end features a flatter look that exudes more class than before, the headlights are slimmer and wider, and the body lines give the Impreza a more designed-by-the-wind look than it’s ever had. The backside is equally restyled, as it features a new rear fascia, new taillights, and a new spoiler.
The 2017 Impreza is also a good bit larger than the model it replaces. Both the sedan and hatchback models ride on a 1-inch longer wheelbase, and they are 1.6 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider. The only measurement that is smaller is its height at 0.4 inches lower than the previous model to help with aerodynamics.
The interior also gets an equally dramatic makeover while also retaining some of Subaru’s staple design cues. The dashboard features a more shapely design with hard angles all over the place while the center stack gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen with air vents flanking it and its control knobs underneath.
Powering the 2017 Impreza is a revised version of the 2016 model’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder. This engine gains 4 extra horsepower, putting it at 152 ponies. The power jump is thanks to a collection of internal mods and a new direct-injection system.
Subaru expects to start selling the 2017 Impreza later this year.