2017 Subaru Impreza sedan 1

Having made its debut at the New York International Auto Show, the Subaru Impreza is already set to receive an update to include a pedestrian airbag to complement its suite of safety features.

The pedestrian airbag pops up behind the bonnet and ahead of the windscreen, with the aim of mitigating the pedestrian’s eventual impact with the front of the car in that area.

This is in addition to the safety features in the Impreza, including the EyeSight suite which includes Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, High Beam Assist and Lane Keep Assist functions. Additionally, blind spot detection and a new automatic braking system for reversing is also included.

“We have given it all to achieve world-class, top-notch safety systems,” said Kazuhiro Abe, project general manager for the Subaru Impreza. The new Impreza is powered by an updated FB20 2.0 litre, direct-injected four-cylinder boxer engine, of which the company says around 80% has been revamped. The revised engine produces 152 hp, an increase of 4 hp over the outgoing model.

The Impreza is now underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform, which provides increased rigidity of 70% to 100% over the outgoing model, and a lower centre of gravity (5 mm). Revisions have been made to the suspension setup, as well as the inclusion of Active Torque Vectoring.

Transmission is courtesy of Subaru’s revised Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), with reduced weight and improved ratio coverage to achieve better acceleration and fuel economy. It has a simulated seven-speed manual mode when commanded, while the marque’s symmetrical AWD is standard, as befitting the brand.