#NYIAS - 2017 AWD Subaru Impreza Reveal

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] 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.
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  2. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Now that's an interior. I am so glad they are finally joining this century!

    I will say that we looked at the Impreza wagon at the same time we were looking at the Crosstrek. The only reason we went with the Crosstrek was due to the increased ride height. Otherwise, we would have saved a about $1500 going with the Impreza.
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi John:

    Spoken like a true car shopper/enthusiast!

  4. vangonebuy

    vangonebuy Well-Known Member

    I like it.
    Subaru interiors have looked too busy for years. A switch or button for everything and located everywhere. Very dated.

    The new Impreza's ground clearance really does look low for a Subaru.
    Thanks for the video. Missed the NYIAS this year. Really wanted to see the new platform. Very interesting about the single platform.
    Doesn't that limit all Subaru vehicles to look the same though??

    If you want to see just the car. Without the hat.
    I found this link.
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  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    IF I felt like I "needed" an AWD car , this would be the one. If I can't get there ( or home ) in this car , then maybe I shouldn't be driving that day. Of course , I almost never leave a civilized area ( where roads are plowed/salted ) . My neighbor has an Impreza , I think a 2014 sedan. He says it's almost "too good" in the snow. If I want to go off-road exploring , I have two feet , and better still , my mountain bike.
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  6. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    I like the looks of it. The cargo area of the 5-door doesn't look nearly as compromised by swoopy styling as some of the other small hatches on the market. (Mazda, I'm looking at you).
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  7. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member


    My wife works a job where she is considered essential personnel. That means she has to go to work no matter what. Being that where she works is at nearly 8000 feet, you can imagine what it is like prior to the plows making it through. The AWD has been a true blessing for her.


    The cargo in our Crosstrek is decent. The only time that I wish we had more is when we take a long trip. For those times I have the cargo basket that we put on top and utilize lockable totes as luggage. It actually works quite well except for the fact that it does take away from the mpgs. Our last trip to Mount Rushmore still left us with almost 30 mpgs with four adults and two dogs in the cabin and that was with a car that was not fully broken in.
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  8. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    John , I understand your need for it. I was just saying that in my part of the country, it's not so important.
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  9. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I could have used a 4x4 today. Did about a hundred miles in very slippery conditions. I also rate the C-MAX wipers and defroster as inadequate. Also very difficult to deice the passenger side wiper which is tucked below the trailing edge of the hood. Miss my '94 Cherokee Sport...
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  10. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I like all that's coming with the 2017, but the 2016 meets my needs. I put in an order for one off the boat/truck. Silver Crosstrek Limited with no extra bells/whistles. Priorities - wagon-like, AWD, reasonable MPG, heated wiper rest, radar blind spot and rear cross traffic alert, doesn't cost too too much. I didn't want the Eyesight feature based on my own engineer's assessment of its limitations and from the many disclaimers in the documentation. (dirty windshield, too hot, too cold, bright sun, darkness, poor headlight aim, oncoming headlights all result in reduced function; maybe something similar but implemented differently for my next vehicle after this one...)
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  11. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Congrats Bill. I will say that the only time we have any issues with eye sight is heavy snow falls where the road is pure white or real heavy fog. Otherwise, it had pretty much worked as advertised. When it is unable to work, it beeps and tells you in the center display.

    We really love the ride and being from western Massachusetts, I know what those roads are like there.
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Thanks, John. The waiting is agonizing. :)
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  13. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Ya, we were lucky. Hueberger it's the biggest Subaru dealership around and they had exactly what we wanted coming in on a truck that was a week out. My wife almost jumped out of her skin when the truck came 3 days early.
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  14. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Plans changed a little. At the time when I was promised the car, the car was just getting off the boat. 7-10 more days before delivery. I cancelled. I think I'm still on good terms with that dealership though maybe not the particular salesman. The sales manager said no problem, it is a hard car to find so they shouldn't have any trouble selling it once it arrives. It would also be a useful car for local inventory trades.

    I found a Silver 2016 Crosstrek Premium (lower trim than Limited) with the EyeSight/blindspot/cross-traffic electronics packaged with the larger LCD display and audio unit, so I'm giving up a little leather and gaining the EyeSight safety gear. I'm looking forward to trying that out. Delivery tomorrow if paperwork goes through or maybe Friday. I can't wait! Oh, another side benefit. This one is deeply discounted. I'll post later if it goes through.
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  15. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Good luck!
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  16. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Again, thank you, John. I appreciate the support.

    Approximate TrueCar. Screenshot_20160505-183539.png

    Just as it arrived around 2:00 today. The out of state dealer delivered. I already miss the ability to move cars around on battery power.

    I now have plates and registration. I paid MA sales tax on $23,247. I am much happier with this deal compared to the prior one.

    I have my work cut out. The delivery driver got 27 mpg on a 60 mile highway run. The older gentleman brought paperwork, and there was a 2nd driver in an Outback.
    Last edited: May 6, 2016
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  17. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    That's a great price. If I remember right, we picked up her 2015 for right $26,400 before taxes. The only addition to her full up limited was all-weather mats/trunk liner and the roof basket that she just "had to have".
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  18. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Roof basket? I guess that's useful if you routinely run out of space or carry unwieldy objects that don't fit well inside. I was stuck with rear bumper top protection (I don't recall the official name), wheel locks and mud flaps. These are all okay, though I've never had to fear for wheel theft. I have my own all-weather mats to put in, and I like front window vent visors, so I have some to install. I also have a custom fit windshield sun screen, but I'm not sure how that will work with the EyeSight cameras. Oh, and I cannot forget the SG II.

    I'm sure this was a demo unit they wanted to get rid of, pending the new model coming out. It had over 150 miles on it before it left the dealership, and I'm sure they were all hard ones. [5/6 edit: this car was transferred back and forth between sibling dealerships and was not used as a demo]

    Tomorrow morning... safety and emissions testing for an inspection sticker, though I'm fairly sure they do not actually test the latter on new cars.

    It's been a long day putting in a full day's work as well as running errands, and an hour+ at the RMV. [nothing compared to Wayne's of course!]
    Last edited: May 6, 2016
  19. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Ya, when we travel we have Mama's fur babies in the back. This makes having the roof basket more of a necessity. We use some heavy duty totes by Husky as our luggage/provision keepers. It does take a toll on the mpgs, but everyone is comfortable on the inside and that is what counts. Our last trip up to Mount Rushmore we pulled 28 mpgs with 4 adults, 2 dogs and the loaded roof basket staying just below 70 mph. That was when the car had about 600 miles on it.

    I think the reason she went for the basket instead of the carrier was simply because it looks rugged (Mad Maxx) when on. This is the first vehicle that I let her go hog wild and pick whatever she wanted. In the end, I am real happy with her choice. More importantly, she is super happy and loves driving it any chance she can.
  20. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I happened to see one today with the roof basket. Looks nice! I suspect it is less obtrusive than the ever-present stow-it-all boxes some people put on their roof racks. I am holding off on getting cross braces until I see a need for them. I'd take off my roof rails if I could.

    Hey, I'm sure your MPG/person/lifeform is way up there. :)

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