The All-New 2012 Subaru Impreza
Borrowing styling cues from the larger Legacy, the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza has crisp character lines and pronounced wheel arches that give it a more beefy stance. Compared to previous generations, the car has shed its cute quirkiness in favor of a more conventional three-box sedan and 5-door hatch silhouette.
Right off the bat, you might notice another interesting detail as the outside rearview mirrors have been moved off the door glass to the door itself. As a result, forward visibility is greatly enhanced due to the large fixed quarter windows, low beltline and A-pillars made thinner through the use of high-strength steel. Inside, the passenger space is larger than before, thanks in part to a slightly longer 104.1-inch wheelbase. An all-new dashboard features more upscale materials and design than previously, including a new navigation system display.
Under the hood, an all-new 2.0-liter BOXER four that not only feels more responsive than the 2.5-liter unit it replaces, but also delivers superior fuel economy. In fact, Subaru boasts 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway ratings that are the highest for a vehicle equipped with all-wheel-drive, which is standard across the line. The engine is rated at 148 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 145 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. Transmission options include either a CVT or a 5-speed manual gearbox. The CVT used in the Impreza is not the same as the one found in the Legacy or Outback. It is one that has been tuned for specific integration with the new 2.0-liter engine in order to deliver a more linear feel to the acceleration and minimize the elasticity to the drivetrain. Best of all is the ability to use paddle shifters in a manual mode to operate the CVT through six distinct gear ranges.
Subaru will offer the 2012 Impreza in five trim configurations: base, Premium, Sports Premium, Limited and Sports Limited. Base models feature power windows and locks, an outside temperature gauge and a trip computer, while Premium trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls, a rear stabilizer bar and a handful of other upgrades. Heated seats and a moonroof are optional for Premium models. Sports trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, fog lamps, roof rails and revised seat trim. Options for Limited include leather seats.
Pricing begins at $17,495 for the base. The base 5-door can be had for $17,995, while the most expensive model, a Sports Limited model, tops out at just over $24,000 with all the options. The 2012 Subaru Impreza is scheduled to arrive in showrooms this month. Continue to follow us on Twitter or check in on our Facebook page to find out as soon as the first one arrives. Or contact us to have one of our sales consultants contact you personally.