A thoroughly revamped arrives at showrooms this fall. This fourth-gen-eration car retains the successful formula of a flat-4 engine with permanent 50:50 all-wheel drive, but is otherwise a significant departure from Impreza lineage.
The new all-aluminum FB20 2.0-liter engine has a smaller bore and a longer stroke. Output is pegged at 148 bhp at 6200 rpm, with 145 lb.-ft. of torque peaking at 4200 rpm. This is a decrease from the 170 bhp and torque of the current Impreza, and even though this new version is larger inside and out, Subaru says it's 0.3 seconds quicker to 60 mph. This is credited to a new optional Lineartronic CVT (versus the outgoing 4-speed automatic transmission) as well as a weight-savings plan that results in the new car being 110 lb. lighter than the previous model.
Additionally, fuel economy increases by a whopping 30 percent with the CVT. estimates the car will have an EPA rating of 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway (25/33 for the 5-speed manual), and a range of over 500 miles. For suspension, both the 4- and 5-door models retain their double-wishbone setups in the rear, with MacPherson struts (with new rebound springs in the dampers) up front.