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2017-09-12 12:00

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Frankfurt, Germany - New from the ground up, Subaru’s all-new Impreza hatch is making its European debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. 

Impreza is a compact hatchback and follows Subaru’s formula of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive paired to a Boxer engine. This is the fifth generation of the Impreza model, a hatchback with go-anywhere capability and permanent all-wheel drive. 

Subaru says the Impreza’s chassis has been stiffened, whilst ensuring improved handling and acceleration. The car, says the automaker, retains Subaru’s renowned off-road capability.  

Lower and wider

The new Impreza is 10mm lower, 35mm wider and has a 25mm longer wheelbase than the fourth-generation. The cabin is wider by 29mm at the front and 34mm at the rear and has 26mm more rear seat leg room.

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Maximum luggage capacity has also increased by 10 litres by having a 100mm wider boot opening and the depth of the boot is also longer by 41mm. 

The car is fitted with an 8" touchscreen and the system is equipped with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ integration and DAB radio. 

Engines

Two naturally-aspirated engines are available on the Impreza; both mated to a Lineartronic CVT gearbox.

The 1.6-litre kicks out 85kW/150Nm. Subaru says that 70% of the engine’s components have been redesigned, while reducing weight by 14kg.

The 2.0-litre delivers 115kW/196Nm and has a weight-saving of 12kg over the old unit. 80% of the engine has been redesigned. 

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