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For 2017, Subaru Impreza gains inches, retains hatchback (pictures)

With an extra 1.5 inches in length, the new Impreza has gained considerable size, a little extra power, and some exciting new electronics.

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Subaru showed off a whole new generation of its Impreza at the New York auto show, in both sedan and hatchback formats.

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The new Impreza will enter the market as a 2017 model either late this year or early in 2017.

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As with most Subarus, the Impreza comes standard with all-wheel-drive.

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Subaru shies away from the front-end styling it used on the new Legacy and WRX.

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The front end is less pronounced and lacks the frosted running lights in the headlight casings.

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This example is in Sport trim, so it shows aero elements up front.

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Under the hood, the Impreza will have a two-liter four-cylinder engine similar to the current model, but with horsepower increased to 152.

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The Impreza can be had with a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual.

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Running lights made up of LEDs are concealed in the front fascia.

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These headlights lack the strong, angled form seen on the WRX.

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With the extended length and an extra 1.5 inches of width, there should be plenty of cargo room.

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In Sport trim, the Impreza gets a spoiler.

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Subaru promises a new infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Subaru retains a hatchback version of the Impreza.

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With the increases in width and length, the Impreza hatchback almost feels like a baby Outback.

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The driveline specs are the same between the sedan and hatchback.

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All-wheel-drive also comes standard with the hatchback.

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This example, in Limited trim, includes all the options, and leather seating.

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