The good news: the Subaru Impreza gets updates inside and out. The bad news? Unfortunately, there's still no all-new WRX in sight, let alone an all-new STI. That aside, Subaru says they made a significant amount of enhancements to their smallest sedan.
On the surface at least, you won't find a lot of differences. Still, they're worth pointing out and there are some hints differentiating a 2019 model from a 2020 one. First off is the redesigned front bumper. It's been re-profiled to make it look like it has a deeper apron and slightly more presence on the road. Another subtle change is the grill which sports a new pattern, going from a honeycomb design to more formal looking slats.
Also, the air intakes up front now adapt a one-piece look, rather than having separate shrouds and trim pieces for the intakes and fog lights. Speaking of fog lights, they're much smaller than before and relocated near the bottom edges of the bumper. As for the rest of the car, it's largely carried over from the 2019 model. Headlights and tail lights appear to be the same as before, although there are new wheel options to choose from.
While the changes to the exterior are subtle at best, there are more significant additions and upgrades under the skin. For instance, Subaru's safety suite, EyeSight, has been updated. It now has a steer assist function that guides the car between lanes. This feature is especially handy on the expressways where small steering inputs will completely change the direction of the vehicle. Steering Responsive Headlights or SRH now includes an adaptive mode to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.
Other features? There's a camera mounted just underneath the Subaru badge up front. The feed is then shown to the driver in order to better judge distances in tight spaces. Last but not least are the tilting side mirrors. While a minor touch, it is a convenience feature that could prove helpful in parking. Usually seen in luxury vehicles, the tilting side mirrors work when going in reverse. From there, the driver can see if he or she is parallel to the lines in the parking area. That way, there's little possibility of taking up two spaces or be positioned awkwardly in slots.
But while these changes are, indeed, welcome, there's still no word on the next-generation WRX and WRX STI. Traditionally, those two performance models are based on the Impreza model that's currently being sold but that hasn't been the case here. It's been two years since the fifth-generation model hit production but Subaru has been tight-lipped regarding details of a future WRX and WRX STI. Here's to hoping we'll be seeing it sooner rather than later.