Car reviews - Subaru - Impreza - 5-dr hatch range
Subaru hopes its classier, comfier and more refined new Impreza hatch wins more hearts
4 Sep 2007
By CHRIS HARRIS
STUNG by costly premature facelifts of the previous-generation "bug-eyed" Impreza and now the terrible Tribeca, Subaru’s in-house design team has played it safe with a conservative new skin for the third-generation Impreza, which launches from September 2007 in hatch-only guise. Billed as the first genuine Impreza hatch (rather than "sports wagon"), the MkIII is available in four grades only - R, RX, RS and the turbocharged WRX - until the flagship STi arrives in January. It features a stiffer yet lighter five-door bodyshell with a five-star ANCAP crash rating and stability control as standard across the range. Apart from a $50 increase at base level, pricing is down across the board. Throw in superior ride quality, more interior space, improved comfort and refinement and Subaru’s trademark all-wheel drive system, and the new Impreza makes a compelling value statement. Pity, then, that the WRX incites little of the excitement for which it became famous.
Model release date: 1 October 2007 to 1 January 2012
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Subaru ImprezaReleased: Dec 2002
Ended: Sep 2005
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Subaru's promptly-facelifted Impreza of 2002 was hailed as the return of the King. Prior to this, fans had to endure two years of a heavier, slower and visually more challenging "bug-eyed" version. As for the MY03 model, big advances were made in driveability, plus extra equipment, safety and security features were included. With 168kW and 300Nm channelled to all four wheels via a five-speed manual or sequential-shift four-speed automatic, the Rex was back.
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