Since its introduction in 2008, the previous generation Subaru Impreza was welcomed with mixed feelings from consumers, some say that it looks a bit too soft for an Impreza, but nonetheless, it sold with good numbers, and probably is the most common Impreza that roams the streets of the Metro Manila.
After the formal launch of the XV at the 2012 Manila International Auto Show a couple of months ago, now comes the 2012 Subaru Impreza which will surely be a hit given that it now looks more aggressive.
Exterior and Interior changes
The fourth-generation Impreza now has an even more aggressive look care of the bigger and hexagonal front grille and incorporating Subaru's distinctive hawk eye headlamp design. A tamer treatment was done for the rear incorporating design cues from the XV, which shares the same platform.
The interior was improved further from the previous model and now has chrome accents incorporated in selected areas including the sporty instrument cluster. Bluetooth, AUX, and USB connectivity are also made available for your multimedia needs. A multi-function display sitting on top of the dashboard displays vital information about the vehicle including fuel consumption and an eco-drive indicator to guide the driver to get a better fuel mileage.
The 2012 Impreza of course comes with a 2.0-liter Boxer engine rated to churn out 150 PS of power and 196 Newton-meters of torque and is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission which transfer the engine's power to all 4 wheels efficiently.
The Impreza 2.0i comes fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels while the 2.0i-S comes fitted with a bigger 17-inch wheels.
For STi fans out there, a very reliable insider revealed to us that there will be no STi variant variant for this generation of the Impreza and that the new STi will be introduced as a two-door model. No further details were revealed as to what engine it will come with.
2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i M/T PhP 1,158,000 for the 6-speed manual
2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S A/TPhP 1,298,000 for the 2.0i-S
Motor Image Pilipinas is also set to hold the Manila Leg of the Subaru Impreza Challenge on August 11, 2012 at the Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig for a chance to win a brand new Subaru Impreza. Interested participants may download the form through this link.