The Subaru Impreza concept car has been unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The manufacturer explained that the 2017 year model would be like that.
The concept demonstrates a new style for the future Subaru automobiles, as well as the 2017 Subaru Impreza production model. It is known that the novelty will be manufactured in the US Subaru plant in Lafayette. The assembly will start in the second half of this year. The manufacturer plans to increase the quantity of produced cars per year to 400 000, in this regard, further 1,200 jobs will be created at the plant.
The first generation of this compact car was released in 1992. At the moment, four generations are available, but soon the new 2017 Impreza model will be launched. Unlike the WRX model, the exterior of which was dull and not presentable, the novelty is expected to be designed in a completely new style, with new technical equipment, excellent interior and a number of other improvements.
The Exterior Design
The concept has got recognizable elements of the body, such as boomerang-shaped headlights, as well as a hexagonal grille. Comparing to the current version, the novelty’s body lines and shapes look more aggressive. The Japanese automotive company management has noted that the increased wheel arches demonstrated the reliability of the all-wheel drive system used in the vehicle. The rear and front fog lamps will also be changed in the production version.
The 2017 Impreza Dimensions
Comparing to the current version, the 2017 year model has been increased:
- The length of the five-seat model is 4555 mm;
- The width of the car reaches 1880 mm;
- The height of the novelty doesn’t exceed 1453 mm;
- The wheelbase corresponds to 2670 mm.
The concept is equipped with 19-inch wheel disks.
The Interior of the Model
Subaru has not always been distinguished by the high quality assembly, but this model will be completely different. The first thing that catches the eye is the steering wheel with aluminum trim and leather covering. The control buttons have been carefully placed on both sides of it. Half of them allow the driver to manage the active safety system.
The list of interior equipment includes the infotainment system, HD-Radio, AM and FM station, the adapter for a smart phone connection to the multimedia system, the built-in Bluetooth as well as the USB-port.
The novelty will be “stuffed” with the most basic safety features – airbags, stability and traction control systems, a rear-view camera, the system warning the driver when the vehicle begins to move out of the lane and others.
There will be more space in the cabin, and in general, the interior of the car will be more comfortable and safe.
Technical Specifications of the Car
The Subaru Impreza will be the first model of the automotive company to be built using the latest modular architecture, which in the future will be the base for the majority of manufacturer’s models, including a crossover. This architecture will weigh less and have a higher strength than the one applied on the current Impreza, but there is no more detailed information on this subject.
Many foreign sources claim that the new Impreza will be powered by a new two-liter four-cylinder boxer power unit, producing the maximum power of 148 hp. This engine will feature the technology of cylinder deactivation and direct fuel injection. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) will distribute the power from the engine to the wheels.
The company also considers using the hybrid drive, which will combine a high-power electric motor with the two-liter engine. The electric motor will be fed by a high-performance lithium-ion battery, being recharged for a surprisingly short time.
According to the rumors, the new generation of the car will be distinguished by the more economical engines, which will be equipped with a cylinder deactivation technology to reduce the level of hazardous gas emissions as well as fuel consumption.
The new Impreza compact car will be offered a symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
The new generation of the car will presumably be launched in 2017. The manufacturer refused to comment, but informed that the novelty would be the first production car of the automobile company, based on a completely new platform.
Management team hopes that the 2017 Subaru Impreza will become a real sensation. Rather serious intentions of the manufacturer can be reflected by the following words:
“We are back on the market in order to become better than ever.”