When it comes to compact cars that stand out for their sportiness, versatility, and all-weather capability, the Subaru Impreza has long been a pioneer. With the arrival of the 2024 model, the sixth-generation Impreza is ready to redefine what you can expect from a compact car, offering an array of new features and technologies that enhance its performance, safety, and overall driving experience. Here’s what to look forward to.
New Design and Updated Chassis
The platform underpinning the 2024 Subaru Impreza has undergone refinements, including a 10% increase in torsional stiffness. The vehicle now benefits from a complete inner-frame build, coupled with an expanded use of structural glue that has grown from 26.2 feet to 88.5 feet. These modifications result in not only a more rigid body but also a reduction in weight. Collectively, these changes aim to offer enhanced handling performance, a more comfortable driving experience, and a quieter interior.
The cabin benefits from an enhanced focus on the occupants and their interaction with the vehicle. A more supportive front seat design increases overall comfort and minimizes fatigue. A focused effort on reducing sounds within particular frequency ranges results in a quieter and more comfortable cabin. The modern, clean interior design features a prominent center information display with highly visual controls as well as ample head and leg room and storage space.
The in-cabin amenities include dual-zone climate control, power windows, and adjustable mirrors. New to this model is the Subaru STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system. This multimedia system features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, offering easier smartphone integration. It serves as the central hub for various vehicle functions including audio and climate controls. Connected services like SOS Emergency Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification are also accessible through this system, though these may require additional subscriptions.
Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology comes as a standard feature in all trim levels of the 2024 Impreza. The system has been improved to function under a broader range of driving conditions and offers quicker response times. Notably, it now has the capability to detect not just vehicles but also pedestrians and bicycles, even in complex traffic situations like intersections. Automatic Emergency Steering is another added feature, designed to aid the driver in avoiding collisions by autonomously steering the car when a collision is imminent and evasive action is required.
Engines and Transmission
The 2024 Subaru Impreza continues to offer Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system across all its trim levels. The base and Sport trims are equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the new RS trim comes with a 2.5-liter engine. A Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) comes standard, and an 8-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters is available for the Sport and RS trims.
Trim Levels and Pricing
For 2024, the Impreza is offered in three trim levels: Base, Sport, and RS. Pricing starts at $22,995 for the base model, $24,995 for the Sport, and $27,885 for the RS. Each trim level offers a different set of standard and optional features, potentially making the vehicle accessible to a wide range of consumers.
Conclusion: The Compact Car, Elevated
The 2024 Subaru Impreza manifests as a significant revision over its predecessors, placing an emphasis on technological advancements, augmented safety mechanisms, and heightened performance. With improvements in the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and the introduction of the 11.6-inch STARLINK Multimedia Plus system, the latest Impreza model aims to redefine benchmarks in its category for both user connectivity and safety. While it’s yet to be determined how these modifications will influence its standing in the marketplace, it’s clear that the vehicle is designed to appeal to a broad range of consumers.
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