Subaru Impreza Origins
It was powered using a finely engineered four-cylinder 1.8-liter EJ series engine that produced 110 hp. Both the wagon and sedan variants of the car were available in the more upscale LS trim version, as well as the lower line L version and stripped out Brighton. A five-speed manual transmission system was part of standard equipment, while the four-speed automatic version was optional.
As the years went by, the Impreza incorporated several components from the Legacy to reduce manufacturing and development costs of the vehicle. In 1998, the car was offered as a four-door sedan, a coupe, a five-door wagon, and a more sporty 2.5 RS coupe version. The 2.5 RS coupe version boasted of a 2.5-liter double-overhead cam engine in 1998 and a single-overhead cam engine from 1999 until the generation's end in 2001. It offered a sportier ride, better acceleration due to its increased 165 horsepower (up from 140 horsepower in most models), and rally car styling inspired by the overseas Impreza WRX. About the Subaru Impreza
The most notable feature of the Subaru Impreza is its distinctive powertrain. The vehicle has always been available as an all-wheel drive, becoming a standard feature in 1995. This feature lends extra traction in slippery conditions. In higher horsepower versions, it works in unison with the well-sorted chassis of the car to provide superior handling.
A four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine always powered the Subaru Impreza. The engine emits a characteristic and distinctive growl at the time of acceleration. The car is competitive in almost all sections. It is an excellent choice for those intending to buy a used or new small sedan, hatchback, or a wagon. Subaru Impreza Features
The 2012 Subaru Impreza is a full redesign of the company’s four-door hatchback and its sedan. It comes with new interior and exterior styling. This redesigned version boasts of an increased interior space, and much-improved fuel economy, powered by its first all-new engine design, now called FB.
The new Impreza is available in five trim levels. These are the 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, 2.0i Sport Premium, and the 2.0i Sport Limited. The basic 2.0i has a new 2.0-liter engine that replaces 2011’s 2.5-liter engine.
The styling of 2012 version is quite mature. The car offers a new hexagonal grille. The wheelbase was increased by an inch; however, the overall exterior dimensions of the car are almost same as the older version. The A-pillars are anchored almost eight inches farther forward. This gives the windshield a faster angle. The side-mirrors are relocated to the doors.
The new four-cylinder 2.0-liter boxer engine has dual overhead camshafts that improve upon the earlier engine’s single cam used in the 2000s. Output of the engine is 148 horsepower with 145 lb.-ft. of torque. This is a decrease from the earlier engine’s 170 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, the 2012 version of the Subaru Impreza is lighter by 150 pounds. The company claims that the new and continuous variable automatic transmission can deliver efficiency and performance with equal momentum. The five-speed manual transmission is a standard feature in all versions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pegged the mileage estimates at 27/36 mpg city/highway. The assortment of available wheels range from the standard 15-inch steel rim to 16- and 17-inch alloy rims. Subaru Impreza Evolution
The 2009 version of the Impreza was available in two versions: the compact sedan and the five-door hatchback. Five major trim levels were available: 2.5i, Outback Sport, 2.5 GT, WRX, and WRX STI. The basic model was available with air-conditioning, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, tilt steering, full power accessories, and an MP3/CD player. The Outback Sport version was of the hatchback style and came with 17-inch alloy wheels, two-tone exterior color, a chrome grille, heated seats, and outside mirrors. The 224 hp-turbocharged engines provided brute power necessary for high-performance driving.
The 2010 version of the car came with minor changes. There was a new and improved grille design, and a Special Edition variant was introduced for some models. The WRX version also went through an upgrade. The 2.5i variant came with the standard 16-inch steel wheels and full power accessories. Other updates included a tilted steering column, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, keyless entry, and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player. In the government crash tests, the 2010 version notched a perfect five-star rating in frontal crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the highest possible "good" rating in its tests. The rating was the same for side-impact crash tests. Safety was always a scoring point for all Subaru vehicles. The Impreza underwent a full redesign for the 2012 model year.