Known as the world’s leading rally car, the Subaru Impreza is not only a compact sedan but also a sporty auto for the driver’s need for speed. This rugged sedan may also come in hatchback body types that boast of wide cabin space for a more family-oriented configuration. Today, Subaru continues to leave its imprints of performance-focused and fuel efficient vehicles with the Impreza generation line.
1992-2000: Rallying in the rally stage
First offered in the market as a replacement to the aging Leone, the Subaru Impreza came in coupe, sedan, and wagon body styles. In addition to the new body styles, this 1993 Subaru model is also powered by a 1.6 liter engine. A 2.0 liter engine is available but only for the WRX and STi models in Europe and Japan. Years later, the first generation of the Subaru Impreza received a boost in acceleration, reaching from 0-62 in just 4.7 seconds. With its impressive speed, it became a hit to local racers right away.
Subaru Impreza’s name made a notable impression in the international rally stage by 1997 when the sporty 2.5 RS coupe was introduced. By this time, the all wheel drive configuration became a standard in all US Subaru models. As a result, it paved the way for better road handling, stability, and better braking, which are all crucial in a turbo car like the Impreza.
2000-2007: Sprucing up the Subaru
With a larger body frame, the new millennium meant a
new age for the Subaru Impreza. Additionally, Y2K saw the release of another 2.5 RS Impreza trim but in the sedan types. A few years later, this generation received a major redesign. And it was also by this time that the WRX sports sedan was introduced to the US market which featured a 224 horsepower engine.
Even with the second generation’s new design, Subaru Impreza’s sales suffered a decline. To counter the slow sales, the company gave another facelift to the Impreza in response to customer complaints of the
bug-eye look. Aside from the renovation, it was also in 2004 that the STi model was made available in the US.
2007-2011: The five-door hatchback
Yet again, the third generation of the Subaru Impreza was under a complete redesign, now featuring a considerably larger sedan model and a new five-door hatchback. It also featured a safety upgrade with the electronic stability control. Besides the safety feature, its suspension was also refurbished to make the Impreza more practical and economic.
By 2009, a 224 horsepower engine coupled with four-speed automatic transmission was introduced in the new turbocharged 2.5GT model. Two years later, the Impreza STi sedan model was resurrected, and it came with a white tail spoiler.
2011-present: Sleeker and sexier
Sporting a sleeker look with and an all-new sheet metal, the 2012 Impreza has a more sophisticated interior look and feel. With its longer wheel base, the seating capacity at the backseat is also increased. Not only that, the latest generation of the Impreza impresses its owners with more fuel efficiency under the hood.