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The all-new Subaru Impreza finally makes its debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Available as a sedan and five-door hatchback, the fifth-generation C-segment Impreza is the first offering under Fuji Heavy Industries’ (FHI) Prominence 2020 mid-term management vision.

Subaru has tidied up the look of the new car, which now fully incorporates the company’s Dynamic x Solid design philosophy. Both versions (sedan and hatchback) sport a new grille, fog lamp enclosures, as well as headlamps and tail lamps that feature a C-shaped design. Three wheel sizes are available here ranging from 16 to 18 inches. The only difference between the sedan and hatchback is the additional real estate from the C-pillar onwards.

Placed alongside its respective concepts from Los Angeles and Tokyo, the production Impreza does lose some of the concept’s sleek and more fluid design. Granted, concept cars don’t truly reflect the final production version of a car, the looks will certainly be a place of debate.

Under the metal, the Subaru Global Platform underpins both versions of the Impreza. The new platform has an increased rigidity of 70% to 100% over the outgoing model, and a lower centre of gravity (5 mm). Revisions to the suspension setup also sees improved absorption, which should make for a smooth and comfortable ride. Active Torque Vectoring also helps elevate the car’s dynamics for enhanced turning and steering performance.

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Putting that into numbers, the sedan measures 4,625 mm long, while the five-door hatch is 4,460 mm, both 40 mm longer compared to their respective predecessors. Both Impreza body styles have the same width, height and wheelbase of 1,777 mm (37 mm more than before), 1,455 mm (10 mm more than before) and 2,670 mm (26 mm more than before), respectively.

Moving inside, the increased wheelbase allows for what looks like a roomier interior. The cabin also gets an overhaul here, with a new dashboard design that is more angular compared to the outgoing model. The previous rectangular air-con vents are no more, replaced by thin vents to make way for a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit.

The unit features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for improved connectivity, along with other inputs. Elsewhere, new switchgear for the air-con controls, a multi-info display (above the infotainment unit), steering wheel, instrument cluster, seats and gear selector can be clearly seen. Detailed stitching on the instrument panel helps add a premium touch to things.

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Powering the all-new Impreza is a revised version of the FB20 2.0 litre direct-injection DOHC four-cylinder boxer engine. Subaru says that around 80% of the parts on the power unit have been completely revamped. Now, the mill produces 152 hp, 4 hp more than the outgoing model.

Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT is mated to the engine, now with enhanced ratio coverage and lightness to boost acceleration performance and fuel economy. The transmission features a seven-speed simulated manual mode function if needed. The powertrain also contributes to improving the car’s NVH as well. Symmetrical AWD is standard as per Subaru’s DNA.

Safety isn’t skimped on either. The new platform not only offers improved rigidity, but improved energy absorption as well, by 40% over present models. Subaru’s EyeSight suite of systems also makes its way here, with Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, High Beam Assist and Lane Keep Assist function. A new automatic braking system for reversing is offered here along with blind spot detection. Airbag count should be around the seven mark.