An already popular and good looking Subaru receives a number of updates as both a 4 and 5-door. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Mar. 23, 2016 Subaru presentation at the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Subaru of America introduced the all-new 2017 Impreza 4 and 5-Door on the all-new Subaru Global Platform architecture designed to deliver significantly higher levels of performance driving dynamics, crash protection and ride comfort. What was unique within this release was a single sentence that this all-new globally developed platform will underpin a variety of upcoming Subaru hybrids! Every Impreza is equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The larger 2017 Imprezas debut the brand’s new design language and new driver-assist technology. New multimedia features including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and standard Near Field Communication connectivity. The new Impreza will be available in 4 trims, Base, Premium, Sport and Limited when it arrives in Subaru dealerships in late 2016. 2017 Subaru Impreza Design Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille and hawk headlamps provide a meaner face while the prominent wheel arches spell off-road AWD capable. The 2017 Impreza rides on a smallish 105.1-in. wheelbase, up 1.0-in. over the last generation. Both the Sedan and 5-Door are 1.6-in. longer than the outgoing models, and both are 1.5 in. wider. 0.4 inch lower height helps improve aerodynamics along with a lower coefficient of drag. Subaru did not mention a number however. The new Subaru Global Platform, together with the Boxer engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and EyeSight represent Subaru’s core technologies. Impreza’s new platform incorporates optimized cross sections and stiffened joints between structures enhancing straight-line stability and ride comfort. The new platform increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70 percent. A lower center of gravity and revised suspension contribute to a performance handling evolution. The double-wishbone independent rear end sees the rear stabilizer bar mounted directly to the body. Together they reduce body roll by 50 percent compared to the outgoing model. At what G range was not provided? The new straight-line stability makes the 2017 Impreza more relaxing to drive. 2017 Subaru Impreza Sport with Active Torque Vectoring Taking full advantage of the new stiffer platform and more powerful engine, the Impreza 2.0i Sport, delivers a more fun-to-drive performance feel thanks to exclusive suspension tuning, 18-inch alloys and Active Torque Vectoring. Subaru aimed for a new ride/handling balance benchmark in the compact segment. The Sport also includes a new 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which is available on other models. The Impreza Sport includes standard LED DRL – whoop die doo, black-finish front grille, body-color rocker panels and turn signal side mirrors. The Impreza Sport 5-Door features gloss black rear gate trim, while the Sport Sedan has a rear trunk spoiler. Inside the Sport uses unique black cloth upholstery trimmed with contrasting red stitching, a motif that repeats for the steering wheel, gear shift, instrument panel and door trim. The instrument panel incorporates exclusive Sport gauges and a Multi-Function Display. The Sport includes the Subaru STARLINK 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system while a new Harman/Kardon premium audio system is available. A proximity key with Push-Button Start, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle and a CVT shift boot round out the Sport’s enhanced standard equipment. Not really that much over competitor’s offerings. Boy has the world changed. 2017 Subaru Impreza Drivetrain A revised 2.0L I4 Boxer gains direct injection with 152 hp vs. 148 before. In higher trims, the Lineartronic CVT features a 7-speed pre-set manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. 2017 Subaru Impreza Safety Subaru designed the 2017 Impreza to earn a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating when equipped with the AWD brands renowned EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The new platform improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent over current Imprezas. The EyeSight system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning, plus a Lane Keep Assist function. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available. Also new are available Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them, and High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. The 2017 Impreza adds new driver-assist technologies, including Reverse Automatic Braking and the display of steering lines for the standard rear view camera. Reverse Automatic Braking can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing. A new 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System can detect pressure drops at individual wheels. 2017 Subaru Impreza Four Trims The 2017 Subaru Impreza will be offered in four trims: 2.0i Base, Premium, Sport and Limited. The 2.0i Base starts with a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer, carpeted floor mats all standard. The Premium trim adds Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security features, 16-inch alloys, the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors and automatic headlights. Premium 5-door Imprezas also feature standard roof rails (not available on base 5-door Impreza 2.0i Sport). Options available include a power moonroof and driver assist technology system. The Limited trim adds more luxurious territory. The exterior looks more upscale with LED headlights and DRLs plus standard 17-inch alloys. It also has Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them. Exterior chrome trim and turn signal side mirrors add a touch of elegance. The Limited’s leather trimmed interior features double stitching on the door armrests and instrument panel, and a 6-way power driver’s seat. Standard amenities include an auto climate system, leather wrapped wheel and shifter, Proximity key & Push-Button Start plus the 8-inch color display. The instrument panel features white gauge cluster illumination, and new Harman/Kardon premium audio is available in the Impreza for the first time. When equipped with EyeSight, it also includes High Beam Assist. The available navigation system now features maps provided by TomTom. Not really an attribute I would tout. 2017 Subaru Impreza STARLINK Subaru STARLINK Multimedia systems offer the latest in digital music playing, Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration and more. The display screen also provides the display for the standard rear vision camera, and the top-level system includes navigation The optional STARLINK Safety and Security Connected Services give the 2017 Impreza one of the industry’s most affordable telematics options. Depending on the package selected, features can include SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts, Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator. 2017 Subaru Impreza Early Impressions It looks good, it is larger, and the interior is nicer and in higher trims, makes sense. If the price is not stupid and the efficiency has improved a bit - 36 mpgUS highway rating from the current AWD Impreza is pretty damn good, they probably have another winner on their hands. If you watched the 2017 Subaru Impreza reveal, they are going to double vehicle capacity with a $500 million investment in the brands Indiana plant. This should help relive the capacity constraint they are currently experiencing.