2012 Subaru Impreza debuts with frugal engine

Anyone who’s owned an Impreza in the past (turbo or otherwise) will have balanced the more than frequent trips to the fuel pump with the outgoing models’ ability to put a smile on your face. So, it’s already looking like good news for fans because the new Impreza sips through a narrow straw. The 2-litre boxer engine is quoted at 6.53 litres per 100km on the highway. While this is hardly groundbreaking, it’s a lot better than before.

This model has escaped the absolute caning with the ugly stick that many of the previous versions experienced and has come out moderately handsome. There’s a solidity and coherence to the design, though you can definitely see Ford Focus in the wheel arches and Kia at the front. Many cars are trending towards looking quite similar as dimensions reach the maximum practical within segments, aerodynamicists have their way, and more and more safety features are applied both inside and outside.

What the punters will be looking for is a new Lineartronic transmission available as well as a six-speed manual, which will (as usual) drive all four wheels. The wheelbase is a bit longer which means 50mm more leg room for people in the back, but the overall dimensions remain unchanged. The car is stiffer and safer (larger airbags on the inside), and there’s an improved multi-function trip computer/dashboard display .

Overall it looks like a good, solid set of improvements. Notably, no power figure has been quoted – could it actually produce less than the outgoing model and this is how some of the fuel efficiency gains have been made? We’ll find out soon, along with New Zealand release dates and pricing.

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