Outstanding fuel economy from Subaru's new Impreza hybrid
We’re still waiting for Motor Image Pilipinas to launch the Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid in the country, but over in Japan it seems the Japanese automaker has expanded its e-Boxer hybrid lineup even further. Apart from the XV and the Forester, customers can now order the Impreza hatchback with the e-Boxer hybrid powertrain.
The Impreza e-Boxer uses a 2.0-liter boxer engine paired with an electric motor. Engine output is rated at 150 PS and 194 Nm torque while the electric motor provides an additional 16.7 PS and 66 Nm torque. The automaker claims the vehicle can do up to 19.2 km/L. Just like the Forester and XV e-Boxer, the Impreza can also drive on pure electric mode as well.
On the outside, the Impreza e-Boxer looks very much the same as the standard Impreza sedan or hatchback. The only giveaway of it being the hybrid e-Boxer variant are the badges on the fenders and the rear. In Japan, the Impreza is available in two trim levels 2.0e-L EyeSight and Advance. The only visual differences between the two are headlights (Halogen for the 2.0e-L and LED for Advance) and a few trim pieces here and there.
It’s the same story inside the cabin. The main difference between the two trims are the interior colors. The 2.0e-L has a standard black interior while the Advance has a unique white-blue upholstery found on the seats and the sidings. It may not be to everyone’s taste but it is unique. Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite comes standard on both variants.
Interestingly, only the Impreza Sport (hatchback) has the e-Boxer powertrain option. The Impreza G4 (sedan) does not have e-Boxer yet. However, we wouldn't be surprised if it gets the hybrid option in the future. Heck, we might even get to see a WRX e-Boxer as well. Now, that would surely get people talking.