2015 Subaru Impreza gets new looks and technologies
One of the best selling auto brands in the past few months – Subaru – has presented the new 2015 Impreza. The new car comes with a number of improvements that touch all vehicle categories but the most new features can be found in the looks and the technologies used inside the car.
Available as 4-door and 5-door models the new 2015 Impreza now comes with revised front styling with a new front bumper, grille and headlights that give it a closer kinship to the all-new 2015 Legacy. A new exterior mirror enhances aerodynamics, as does a low-profile trunk spoiler on 4-door models. The sedans also feature LEDs (light emitting diodes) for the center high mounted stoplight. Rides have also been made quieter thanks to the usage of additional sound deadening materials and thicker side glass windows with improved sealing. All models now have a standard Rear Vision Camera while the base 2.0i model has standard cruise control and a touch-screen infotainment system. Certain versions of the 2015 Impreza now feature integrated turn signals in the exterior mirrors and more. A major new feature of the 2015 Impreza is that it now joins the Legacy, Outback and Forester lines in offering the brand's innovative EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.
On the inside the new 2015 Impreza has a new standard 6.2 infotainment system that is operated via a 6.2-inch multi-function touch screen display and single-touch gesture control. The system includes an AM/FM stereo and HD Radio, a Radio Data Broadcast system, a single-disc in-dash CD player, Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Aha Infotainment, Pandora and iHeart Radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, an iPod control capability and an iTunes Tagging capability, a USB port and an aux. input jack, and four speakers. The Impreza 2.0i Premium features the same system, but with six speakers.
The 2015 Subaru Impreza is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder BOXER engine that delivers 148 HP (109 kW) of power at 6200 rpm and 145 lb-ft (197 Nm) of torque at 4200 rpm. The engine features a long-stroke configuration with 84 mm bore and 90 mm stroke for better low and mid-range torque. The camshafts are chain driven, reducing long-term servicing costs. Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing optimizes torque performance and emissions. The BOXER engine can be connected to a 5-speed manual or the second generation, lighter and more compact version of the Lineartronic CVT that is now also offered in all 2015 Subaru models except the BRZ sports car. All Impreza models (5-speed and CVT) feature Incline Start Assist, which helps prevent the vehicle from rolling back when moving away from a stop on an incline. In addition to that all Imprezas with the CVT, except the base 2.0i, feature a 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission. In the base 2.0 models with the CVT, a driver-selectable Low shift mode can provide additional engine braking when traveling down a grade, to enhance vehicle control.
Thanks to the new engine and the transmissions the new 2015 Impreza offers improved fuel economy of 28 US MPG city (8.4 liters per 100 km), 37 US MPG highway (6.4 liters per 100 km) and 31 US MPG combined (7.6 liters per 100 km) which is great mileage for an all-wheel drive car.
The new car should be at a Subaru dealer near you in November 2014. Pricing is unknown.