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Always controls the corners. At all four corners.

  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

  • Symmetry gives you balance. Balance gives you stability and control. That is why Subaru has been developing and perfecting the Symmetrical AWD system since 1972. Matched with the SUBARU BOXER engine for an almost perfectly symmetrical layout, it maximises the power delivery with exceptional traction and generates balance and stability for total control in almost any condition, giving you the confidence to delight in every kilometre.

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Dynamic Performance

Exceptional traction makes acceleration feel immediate and exhilarating. And the symmetry helps the Impreza deliver responsive handling because it’s more stable during cornering, for a unique feeling of control at all times.

 

Constant Contact

The more your tyres are engaged with the road, the more control you have. Power is routed to all four tyres all the time in order to maintain a strong connection to the road, maximising handling and control.

 

Agility In An Emergency

In bad weather, or in the precious seconds it takes to react to a sudden situation, the symmetrical drivetrain of the Impreza—with almost total side-to-side balance—provides the stability, agility and traction to help you avoid danger when it steps into your path.

Inside every Subaru—the power to inspire.

  • SUBARU BOXER Engine

  • Few other cars drive with the fun and eagerness of Impreza, so you won’t be surprised by how uniquely it is accomplished. The horizontally-opposed configuration of the SUBARU BOXER engine places the pistons 180 degrees apart, for a lower, flatter profile than other engine types. This gives the engine, and therefore the overall vehicle, a lower centre of gravity and a more balanced distribution of weight. Further, the pistons’ opposing movements inherently counteract each other, naturally helping to reduce vibration.

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Increased Stability

Because the engine block has a flatter profile and sits lower in the chassis, the overall vehicle is more stably balanced and resistant to side-to-side motion than other designs.

 

Smooth and Exciting

At any rpm, the engine delivers immediate, responsive power that comes on smooth. The pistons lay flat and work against each other to reduce vibrations, making the ride as easy and comfortable as it is spirited.

 

Long-lasting Performance

The engine’s flat design is inherently rigid and self-balancing, generating less vibration than “V-type” or “in-line” engines for more durability and more reliable performance.

Exhilaration in every turn.

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  • What’s inside:

  • Every aspect of a vehicle’s design affects the way it drives. That’s why we look at the car as a whole when we craft its performance.

  • What it does:

  • With each element, both big and small, working in concert, the Impreza achieves its unique balance between quick response and a smooth ride.

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Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept

Taking full advantage of the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (DC³), all the components of the Impreza are designed to work in harmony—bringing it closer than ever to the goal of perfect handling. It employs high-tensile steel in critical areas to achieve high strength with lightweight. A highly rigid body structure delivers an accurate, natural steering feel whilst allowing the engine and suspension to be effectively isolated from the cabin. The result is everything that makes driving a pleasure: confidence, comfort, sportiness, safety—all in impeccable balance.

 

Front Suspension

Expertly balancing sporty handling with a comfortable ride, the Impreza’s suspension is fine-tuned for everyday satisfaction. In the front, rigid struts enhance precision, and give the steering an accurate and lively feel. A long stroke and wide tread provide an ideal balance of stable handling, good grip, flat cornering and a composed ride. And for more accurate tracking of the rear wheels, a support arm added.

 

Rear Suspension

A refined rear suspension will reignite your passion for driving. A double wishbone rear suspension handles rough roads and sharp corners with poise and precision. Whilst pillow ball bushings improve tyre contact for better traction and to reduce understeer for a more accurate feel whilst cornering. The suspension has also been stiffened for quicker response to driver input.

Response and efficiency are in its DNA.

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  • What’s inside:

  • The SUBARU BOXER engine combines trademark horizontally-opposed design with technological refinement.

  • What it does:

  • Its naturally balanced smoothness and low-profile handling advantages are matched by even greater economy and response.

  • Third-generation Engine

  • The SUBARU BOXER engine has always offered exceptional balance and smooth response, but we’ve figured out a way to make driving a Subaru even more inspiring. To create the latest generation SUBARU BOXER, engineers painstakingly reviewed the effectiveness of every valve, port and piston, resulting in an engine that is lighter and uses fuel more efficiently. Not only does the engine achieve impressive efficiency, but it offers robust low-end torque response—meaning you’ll feel immediate, satisfying response every time the accelerator is pressed.

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2.0-LITRE DOHC SUBARU BOXER

Refined vigor is the signature of this smooth powerplant. Double overhead camshafts (DOHC) and an improved Active Valve Control System (AVCS) enhance performance and reduce CO2 emissions, whilst its horizontally-opposed layout naturally cancels out vibration. From its free-breathing intake to its free-flowing exhaust, the 2.0-litre DOHC SUBARU BOXER makes driving seem all the more effortless and exhilarating with improved lowend torque response. Combined with Lineartronic (Continuously Variable Transmission) and this engine will give you inspiring performance with a modest appetite for fuel.

MAX OUTPUT: 110 kW (150 PS) / 6,200 rpm
MAX TORQUE: 196 Nm (20.0 kgfm) / 4,200 rpm

FUEL CONSUMPTION (*1):
7.6 lit./100 km (Lineartronic), 7.9 lit./100 km (6MT),
CO2 EMISSIONS (*1):
180 g/km (Lineartronic), 185 g/km (6MT)

1.6-LITRE DOHC SUBARU BOXER

Paired with Lineartronic, this SUBARU BOXER engine is efficient and clean. Not only is this engine a standard for Subaru environmental responsibility, it’s also an equally impressive performer. With the natural balance and smoothness inherent in its SUBARU BOXER configuration, and DOHC and AVCS to enhance its performance, it delivers eager response at lower rpm. By combining response and exceptional efficiency, it’s an engine that will give you more fun with less fuel.

MAX OUTPUT: 84 kW (114 PS) / 5,600 rpm
MAX TORQUE: 150 Nm (15.3 kgfm) / 4,000 rpm

FUEL CONSUMPTION (*1):
7.0 lit./100 km (Lineartronic)
CO2 EMISSIONS (*1):
164 g/km (Lineartronic)

 

Confidence in every gear.

  • What’s inside:

  • Impreza offers a choice in transmissions—including the highly efficient Lineartronic—each one mated to its own variation of Symmetrical AWD.

  • What it does:

  • No matter how you choose to control the engine’s performance, you’ll always enjoy the solid balance and control of Symmetrical AWD.

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6-Speed Manual Transmission + Viscous Centre Differential AWD

For maximum control and sporty satisfaction, a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission for 2.0i put extra gearing at your disposal. Not only does this transmission help improve efficiency at higher speeds, but its short-throw design has been enhanced for quick, smooth and intuitive operation. And pairing it with a viscous limited-slip centre differential (LSD) helps you maintain an inspiring hold on the road, even in low-traction conditions.

 

Lineartronic + Active Torque Split AWD

The Impreza achieves inspiring levels of response and efficiency with Lineartronic. By keeping the engine running in its optimal rev range and preserving the momentum that’s often lost during a gear shift, this unique transmission dramatically maximises fuel efficiency. And thanks to a compact and lightweight configuration designed specially to work with the SUBARU BOXER engine, it ensures quick response and engaging performance. It’s longitudinally paired with an active torque split AWD system that responds to traction conditions, the transmission and driver inputs by continuously controlling the torque distribution front to rear.

 

Paddle Shifters

To keep you always in control of your Impreza, Lineartronic includes a sporty manual mode with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. They allow you to quickly access higher revs and greater engine power.

*1 Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: According to ECE R101.
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