Impreza uses a new structural adhesive, a first for Subaru, to make the joints stiffer and tighter due to “beefier” joints and attachment plates. Subaru says 23 feet of the adhesive is used throughout the car, also helping load transmission in the event of a collision. The front side rails, shock towers, windshield and firewall are stronger, and also contributes to improved crash protection for the occupants.
There are also new front/rear independent suspension components, a new 2.0-litre engine (with a modest 115kW/196Nm), CVT transmission, familiar permanent 60:40 all-wheel-drive system, a new cabin with more upmarket materials, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto phone mirroring and Subaru’s suite of camera-based EyeSight driver-assist tech.
The volume of vehicles [with EyeSight] will most likely place Subaru ahead of any other brand in terms of bringing this kind of invaluable safety-related technology to a mass market,” said Subaru Australia managing director Colin Christie.
Subaru is also offering novel mobile servicing on its cars now, and selling the Impreza online as an option, plus through pop-up stores and a singular shopping centre store, operated by its flagship Docklands Melbourne dealer (owned by Subaru Australia importer, Inchcape).