Description: The all-new fourth generation 2012 Subaru Impreza will have a bolder, more dynamic design and an all-new powertrain. The 2012 Impreza also gets a 30% improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing models. Powered by a new 148 hp 2.0L Boxer engine, with a choice of a 5-speed manual or
Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission).
The 2012 Impreza will offer the highest fuel economy of any all-wheel drive car in America, with projected EPA ratings of 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Every 2012 Impreza is equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
Power to weight ratio is improved with the new 2.0-liter Boxer engine that replaces the old 2.5-liter engine. The second generation CVT is quieter and more compact than the version installed in the 2010 Legacy and Outback models.The CVT continuously and smoothly adapts to performance demand, helping to keep the engine in its most efficient operating range. Impreza Premium, Sport and Limited models with the CVT also feature a 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters, which allow the driver to control the transmission via six pre-set ratios.
Strengthened suspension components in front and rear -- some inherited from the Legacy -- enhance agility, while new liquid (hydraulic) engine mounts help to damp out vibration. The double-wishbone rear suspension features new, strengthened components and pillow ball bushings for improved ride, straight-line stability, handling and vehicle response.
Redesigned with a longer wheelbase, new panels, and new front seats, the 2012 Impreza WRX will have more room for passengers and cargo over the outgoing model. Vehicle length and width will remain the same, but new door panels allows increased hip and shoulder room. Rear passengers gain nearly two inches of legroom. Sedan trunk room and 5-door cargo space are both increased, and the 5-door model now provides a completely flat load floor when the 60/40 split rear seats are folded.
Standard comfort and available amenities are increased across the Impreza line for 2012. The base model features a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power windows, door locks and side mirrors, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, outside temperature gauge, a multi-function display with fuel economy information, remote keyless entry system, security system with engine immobilizer, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, variable intermittent windshield wipers and a low windshield washer fluid warning light.
Impreza Premium models add 16-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel audio and Bluetooth® control switches, a rear stabilizer bar for crisper handling, adjustable console armrest, body-color exterior mirrors and chrome interior door handles. The standard audio system in the Premium models features Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), iPod® control capability, USB port, 3.5mm aux. input jack and six speakers.