The new 1.6i Impreza RC has arrived in Ireland with a recommended retail price of €24,995 for the five-speed dual-range manual model, and for the automatic six-speed Lineartronic model. The Impreza is the only car in the C-segment to offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD) as standard on every model.
Since its introduction to the global market in 1992, the Impreza has become the most famous of Subaru model names, with the brand’s high-tech Symmetrical AWD system and four-cylinder horizontally-opposed Boxer engines core to the car’s road-going abilities and appeal. The new Impreza retains these attributes, featuring a new-generation 1.6-litre Boxer petrol engine, the latest version of Subaru’s hallmark All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment, and an impressive range of safety and fuel efficiency aids.
The new Impreza is designed to offer excellent stability on the road and a high level of practicality. The car’s hawk-eye headlights and hexagonal grille show that it belongs to the Subaru family, while its prominent wheel arches emphasise its All-Wheel Drive character. The A-pillar is located closer to the front of the car than its predecessors, allowing a sleeker, more aerodynamic shape and a more spacious cabin.
Inside the car, the cabin is composed of a range of highly-durable and high quality materials. The feeling of spaciousness is enhanced by a wide field of vision, wider door dimensions and higher hip points in all seats. The dashboard and steering wheel feature clear switches and controls, with a Multi-Function Display screen atop the central console.
The Irish Impreza model comes in RC specification, so that customers benefit from high levels of standard equipment, and improved convenience. This includes automatic on/off headlamps and rain-sensing windscreen wipers, front fog lamps, power-folding heated door mirrors with LED turn signals, windscreen wiper de-icer system, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, tyre repair kit and daytime running lights, and reversing camera.
For occupant comfort, every Impreza is equipped with dual-zone air-conditioning, rear passenger heating and ventilation ducts, six-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, 60/40 split-fold rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, Bluetooth® hands-free system, two 12V power outlets, USB and aux-in jacks, while leather seats are available as an upgrade option.
Like all of its predecessors, the new Impreza is equipped with a four-cylinder horizontally-opposed Boxer engine, providing a lower centre of gravity for superior road-holding, and for the best compromise between performance and fuel efficiency.
The new model comes with a 1.6-litre Boxer petrol engine, producing 114ps and 150Nm of torque for eager throttle response. The engine features separate cooling circuits for the cylinder block and cylinder head, allowing it to warm-up more quickly to reduce friction and improve fuel economy. An Active Valve Control System helps keep engine friction even lower by reducing the oil pump relief pressure. A maintenance-free chain-type camshaft drive belt further improves efficiency.
The new Impreza will be available with a choice of transmissions, either five-speed dual-range manual, or six-speed automatic, a chain-driven Lineartronic system. The Lineartronic transmission further improves the environmental performance of the Impreza, while wide ratio coverage and a six-speed manual-shift mode ensure decisive performance and a smooth drive.
The Impreza features a new Auto Start Stop system, boosting fuel savings in congested traffic. A special starter motor and ‘In-rush Current Reduction’ (ICR) ensure the Auto Start Stop is as unobtrusive as possible to vehicle occupants. The ICR stabilises the power supply when the engine cuts out when stationary, ensuring that the dashboard instruments and displays don’t flicker. When equipped with Lineartronic, Auto Start Stop reignites the engine in just 0.2 seconds.
Fitted with the 1.6-litre Boxer engine and manual transmission, the new Impreza will accelerate from 0-100 kph in 12.3 seconds, and on to a top speed of 183 kph. The Impreza returns fuel economy of 6.4 lit/100 km (44.1mpg) on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 147g/km, improving to 6.1 lit/100 km (46.3mpg) and 140g/km when fitted with Lineartronic.