Subaru is showcasing the 6th gen Impreza at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show. The trim lineup includes the base Impreza, Impreza Sport and the Impreza RS. In its official statement, Subaru said that the new Impreza is gonna be available exclusively as a 5-door hatchback when it arrives at Subaru retailers this spring. Which means there’s not gonna be a sedan this time around. Subaru didn’t share the pricing information yet, but I guess your local retailer must be having some reliable information.
The designers have played it safe with the 2024 model; there’s almost a Mazda-like simplicity and clean styling. The Impreza RS tries to raise the oomph factor with dark elements such as black ORVMs, a black rear spoiler, black rocker panels, and 18-inch dark grey alloy wheels. The RS also gets LED headlights and LED fog lights.
As for the construction, Subaru claims that the platform has been enhanced with 10% higher torsional rigidity, while full inner frame construction and additional structural adhesive (from 26.2 feet to 88.5 feet) contribute to better body rigidity. These updates are also claimed to offer improved dynamic performance, smoother ride, and a quieter cabin. Both the Sport and RS trims get a sport-tuned suspension setup.
Key features on the inside include a 11.6-inch central touchscreen; wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, and climate control system which now focuses only on occupied seats as opposed to the entire cabin in order to be more efficient and save some fuel. Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter; aluminum alloy pedals; heated front seats, and rear USB charging ports are standard on the RS. Carbon fibre-like accents and sporty front seats in black cloth with red cloth bolsters further distinguish the model. Available exclusively on the RS is a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, power moonroof, and 10-way power front driver seat with lumbar support.
Standard on all 2024 Impreza models is the latest version of the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. EyeSight can now identify bicycles and pedestrians at intersections sooner and, when necessary, alerts the driver and applies brakes to avoid collisions. Automatic Emergency Steering is included on models equipped with Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The safety feature works with EyeSight and Blind-Spot Detection to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 80 km/h (50 mph).
The base and Sport trims pack a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder (Boxer/flat-four) naturally aspirated petrol engine with 113 kW (152 bhp/154 metric hp) and 197 Nm (145 lb-ft) of torque. The new RS upgrades to a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder (Boxer/flat-four) naturally aspirated petrol engine with 136 kW (182 bhp/185 metric hp) and 241 Nm (178 lb-ft) of torque. But regardless of what Boxer you choose, CVT is what you get, but the RS model features an 8-speed simulated manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters.