- 2023 Subaru Impreza Revealed
- The next-gen small car features carryover underpinnings, updated styling.
- Dropped from the sedan range, an Australian launch is expected in 2023.
The sixth generation 2023 Subaru Impreza debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show ahead of its Australian debut in the coming months.
After revealing its high-riding Crosstrek small SUV twin in October, the updated Impreza – Now available exclusively in hatchback guise. – It has the same engine and basic features as its predecessor, but includes Subaru’s latest technology and updated styling.
As expected, it’s a reduced version of the Crosstrek – the global name for the next-gen XV – with no plastic wheel covers and a different grille and bumper.
While Subaru Australia has yet to confirm local details, a spokesperson said more information would be announced “in due course” – with an Australian arrival expected to be a few months behind the Crosstrek in the first half of 2023.
“We are incredibly excited about Subaru Corporation’s latest global reveal of the all-new Subaru Impreza. The Impreza has been part of the Subaru family for over 30 years, and we look forward to sharing more details for the Australian market in due course. ” said Subaru Australia.
The Impreza’s styling is an evolution from the outgoing model, with sharper LED headlights and taillights, redesigned 18-inch alloy wheels, and the return of the sportier RS grade.
Inside, there’s a large 11.6-inch portrait-oriented infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, over-the-air software updates, satellite navigation, and digital climate controls.
While a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is available on the Japanese-market WRX and Outback, the new Impreza features analog dials with a smaller 4.2-inch display in the center.
Other available equipment includes dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and push-button start, a 10-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, a powered sunroof, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats.
Unique RS highlights include dark 18-inch alloy wheels, black exterior trim, RS badging, LED fog lamps, “upgraded” LED headlights, faux carbon fiber interior trim, and sports cloth seats with red bolsters. .
Under the bonnet, US versions are, as before, powered by naturally aspirated petrol engines mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, which now includes torque vectoring as standard.
The entry-level mill is a 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder producing 113kW and 197Nm, while flagship grades step up to a 2.5-litre non-turbo – as found in the Forester and Outback – with 136kW and 245Nm.
A hybrid version, likely powered by the Crosstrek’s 2.0-liter system, will be available in Japan and Europe, and possibly Australia.
Subaru has yet to provide dimensions for the new Impreza, but the corresponding Crosstrek is 4480mm long and 1800mm wide, and rides on a 2670mm wheelbase.
It is 15mm longer than the outgoing XV and Impreza, with a 5mm longer wheelbase.
According to the Japanese brand, the Subaru Global Platform that underpins the Impreza is 10 percent stiffer with 3.4 times more structural adhesion for better performance, handling and NVH. It also fitted a version of the dual-pinion electric power steering rack from the WRX sedan.
Like the Crosstrek, the brand’s EyeSight active safety technology has a wider field of vision, with the autonomous emergency braking system now able to detect pedestrians and cyclists at intersections, emergency steering functionality for lane keep assist, blind spot Alert and rear cross-traffic alert, and a standard rear seat reminder.
gave 2023 Subaru Impreza The US will arrive in the first half of 2023, with an Australian launch time currently unconfirmed.
Below: The current 2022 Subaru Impreza