EyeSight added for first time to Subaru compact offering

Subaru just announced the laundry list of changes coming to the 2015 Impreza. If you were hoping for all together different styling, you’ll be disappointed. But, there is a significant amount of technology upgrades and additional changes coming to Subaru’s volume model.

The biggest addition is EyeSight, the award winning active safety technology available in the Legacy and other Subaru models. It will make its debut in the Impreza for the first time in 2015. Also on the safety front, a backup camera will now be standard equipment.

Under the hood will be Subaru’s Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle rated 2.0-litre BOXER four-cylinder engine. It will now be the standard setup on all Imprezas rated at 8.5L/100km city and 6.4L/100km highway on the new 5-cycle testing regime.

Outside, Subaru says the exterior design has been refreshed, but changes are minimal. New chrome grille and fog light designs are featured up front while WRX-style side mirrors grace the flanks. Sedan models receive a revised rear bumper and standard spoiler. Those opting for higher trims will be greeted with new 16-inch alloys on Touring Package models and a high-luster 17-inch wheel on Limited Package units.

Interior upgrades are coming to the Impreza in the form of new infotainment features including an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen in Limited models. Centre consoles have also been redesigned for 2015.

The Impreza and other Subaru models are known for their all-wheel drive prowess and Fuji Heavy Industries has given the compact some upgrades below the floorpan. A newly refined Active Torque Split version of Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD is equipped on Impreza models with CVT transmissions. The continuously variable gearbox itself also gets some tuning changes, including pre-programmed stepped ‘shifting’.

Pricing and detailed trim specifications will be available closer to launch in the fall.

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