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Less one door, still with vigor

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Text: Jude Morte / Photos: Motor Image Pilipinas | posted April 01, 2009 00:00

Motor Image Pilipinas unveils Impreza sedan

For those who think that the Subaru Impreza must have or must be - in four door sedan trim to be considered as a "proper" Impreza, Motor Image Pilipinas recently announced that they will be introducing the new Subaru Impreza sedan range at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). The Impreza sedan will be available in 2.0R-S AT and 2.5 WRX Turbo variants.

The all-new Impreza 2.5 WRX sedan version has a 2.5-liter DOHC turbocharged boxer powerhouse that can reach 209 kph. The help of the exhaust gas-driven forced induction helps the car reach 230 horses and 320 NM of torque at 2,800 rpm, the WRX sedan highlights the trademark quality and performance of Subaru in all aspects. The much tamer 2.0R-S sedan variant is equipped with a 2.0L DOHC boxer engine, mated to a four-speed automatic SPORTSHIFT (E-4AT SPORTSHIFT) transmission that generates up to 150 hp and 196 NM of torque at 3,200 rpm.

The iconic exterior design of the new 2009 Impreza sedan range has undergone a contemporary remodeling, taking a more sophisticated approach with the four-door sedan body styling incorporating an additional 165mm in overall length. It retains much of its five-door hatch counterpart's charm of a sculpted front profile with stylish grilles, coupled with high performance capability and driveability.

Inside the new Impreza sedan's modern and ergonomically designed spacious interior comes the expedient cabin amenities like the useful centre console box equipped with an accessory socket, the handy drink holders, and large door pockets for passenger convenience. The double wishbone suspension allows for wider and deeper cargo space, easily accommodating up to three golf bags, while ample passenger room is enhanced by the 75-degree wide angle opening of rear doors which allows optimum comfort and mobility. Much detail has gone into the cockpit of the new four-door range with a layout that enhances overall visibility. This includes a carefully designed instrument display which is located strategically to enhance safety and reduce eye movement. A cozy night ambience in the cabin is created by soft illumination around the centre console and gauges.

The new Impreza 2.0R-S AT and the Impreza 2.5 WRX sedan cars and all the other models feature Subaru's unique full-time Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. Safety features on each model include fitted SRS dual front airbags, frontal three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners, three-point seatbelts for all three rear positions and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

The new Impreza sedan models will be offered at special introductory prices - the Impreza 2.0 R-S AT is pegged P1.148 million while the iconic 2.5 WRX Turbo is priced at P1.698 million. Motor Image has also test drive units available for customers at their Subaru Greenhills showroom in EDSA, San Juan City. Interested parties can get more details by calling 727-8333 or go online at www.motorimage.net.