Sophisticated new Impreza offers fuel for thought

Mon, 24/10/2011


Subaru has confirmed its new generation All-Wheel Drive Impreza will be on sale in March 2012, offering massive fuel efficiency and emission improvements of up to 24 per cent.

Australian versions of Impreza were unveiled today in Japan, with premium packaging that reflects Subaru’s new generation design and technology direction.

All Model Year 2012 Imprezas offer a Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that – along with the new FB 2.0 litre horizontally-opposed Boxer engine - delivers combined fuel consumption of 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres – 22 per cent ahead of the superseded automatic Impreza.

New Impreza will also be available with a smooth six-speed manual that consumes just 7.1 l/100 km in the combined cycle – 20 per cent ahead of the equivalent current car.   

Emissions in new Impreza with CVT are 157 grams of CO2 per km – 24 per cent better than the current four-speed auto, while the new manual produces just 164 g/km, a significant 21 per cent improvement.

Impreza features sophisticated styling, spacious cabins with a new level of soft-touch surfaces and high-grade switchgear, and other advanced technologies that contribute to its efficiency.

Attention to detail includes the introduction of Multi-Function Displays with a wealth of information for drivers.       

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “Impreza is the new benchmark for Subaru design and engineering.

“It builds strongly on Subaru’s safety commitment and includes a driver’s knee airbag across the range, in addition to dual front, side and curtain airbags.

“Subaru designers have cleverly produced a much more spacious cabin within the same external dimensions as the superseded car.

“The wheelbase is longer, the cargo area’s larger and the windscreen base is moved forward creating a great open feeling and fantastic field of vision.”

Mr Senior said Subaru’s safety philosophy included critical strengthening of strategic points around the body.

“One of the most gratifying parts of my job is the number of thank you emails and letters we get from drivers who have been in heavy collisions or roll-overs in Subarus, yet survived virtually unscathed. New Impreza takes the sheer strength of that engineering philosophy to an even higher level.”

He said that while deliveries of Imprezas for customers will start in March, demonstrators will be available at dealerships for test drive from January.

The Impreza line-up comprises:

  • Impreza 2.0i – with the choice of Lineartronic CVT or six-speed manual transmission, plus standard Auto Start Stop
  • Impreza 2.0i-L – Adds electric sunroof, premium Multi-Function Display with rear view camera images, audio with steering wheel control, dual zone climate control air conditioning, rear privacy glass and front fog lights. Impreza 2.0i-L with optional factory-fitted satellite navigation has SMS voice to text and voice command.
  • Impreza 2.0i-S – Adds leather trim, eight-way electronic adjustable driver’s seat and alloy pedals

Multi-Function Display (MFD)

Reminiscent of a high-tech computer game, the large-screen 4.3 inch colour liquid crystal MFD in Impreza 2.0i-L and 2.0i-S helps contribute to better fuel efficiency.

It displays a comprehensive range of information and includes rear view camera images.

Drivers can use eco-gauge and eco-guide screens to monitor the fuel efficiency of their driving style. On completing their journey, they can see an on-screen evaluation of their day’s driving – and even compare with a previous drive.

The MFD in Impreza 2.0i-L and 2.0i-S shows engine stop time and the amount of fuel conserved while stopped. It supports Bluetooth, iPod, USB and digital media and includes a steering wheel switch that enables remote function selection without the need to take a hand off the wheel.

Among the displays are:

  • Safety – including a representation of Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • Self-check – including maintenance
  • Warning – to alert the driver if a problem arises
  • Information – including journey time, temperature and fuel consumption
  • Seatbelt, air conditioner, airbag information

An in-built demonstration mode enables salespeople to clearly demonstrate the MFD to customers.   

The MFD in entry-level Impreza 2.0i displays outside air temperature, fuel efficiency, time, seatbelt warning and airbag indicator. The fuel efficiency indicator includes current and average efficiency, and travel distance. If the driver prefers, it can also be blanked out. It can also aid efficiency by notifying continuous travel time and average speed.

Display selection is made via an instrument cluster switch. It also shows length of time the engine is stopped by Auto Start Stop and cumulative time stopped.

All Impreza variants will be available as both sedan and hatch.

The new four-cylinder normally aspirated FB engine produces 110 Kilowatts of power at 6200 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque at 4200 rpm.

Pricing and full specification of the new Impreza are yet to be announced.



Every Subaru sold in Australia features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a horizontally opposed Boxer engine, standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program, and a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The result - driving confidence.