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2017 Impreza brings new platform, tech and style to New York

Subaru's been teasing us with various gorgeous concepts over the last several auto shows, and it's finally got something real to show off later this month at the New York International Auto Show -- a brand-new Impreza, in both hatchback and sedan variants.

The design language isn't nearly as aggressive as its concepts would have led us to believe (something Subaru admits is usually the case), but it's still a handsome upgrade of the somewhat homely countenance currently in dealers. It's a bit bigger too, being 1.6 inches longer, 1.5 inches wider and 0.4 inches lower than the outgoing generation. It's evolution, not revolution, both inside and out.

The engine follows the same evolution vs. revolution idea. It's a tweaked version of the Impreza's 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Power jumps 4 ponies to 152, and it mates to either a manual or continuously variable transmission. As with all Subaru models, save for the BRZ it shares with Toyota, all-wheel drive is standard.

There's a new trim level for the taking, as well. The Impreza Sport is angled towards drivers that want a bit more fun, packing a sportier suspension tuning and active torque vectoring. It's loaded up with plenty of aesthetic enhancements as well, including LED running lights, black trim, red interior stitching and Sport-specific gauges.

Lower trims receive a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while Sport and up make do with an 8-inch unit. This new infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Subaru also integrates Near Field Communications (NFC), which lets you instantly pair phones that support it to the car's Bluetooth handsfree phone system.

As before, buyers can opt for Subaru's Eyesight system, a suite of active and passive safety features including adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure and lane-keep assists. A standard backup camera also includes reverse automatic braking, to prevent you from accidentally running over an errant child when leaving the driveway.

The 2017 Impreza arrives in dealerships later this year, and pricing is not yet available. There will be four trims in total -- 2.0i base, Premium, Sport and Limited.


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