Subaru Australia has opened pre-orders for the new 2024 Impreza range as of today, ahead of showroom entry late this year.
Now in its sixth generation, the 2024 Impreza is based on the same ’Subaru Global Platform’ as the previous model launched in 2016. But the company has introduced various new technologies and given the small hatch a modern new look. The platform has also been strengthened, with torsional rigidity up by about 10 per cent.
Highlight design changes including a new-look hexagonal front grille, similar to what is seen on the latest Crosstrek and Outback, with more pointed headlights and C-shape taillights. There’s also new front and rear bumper bars.
Three main variants are going on sale in Australia, spanning from the 2.0L, 2.0R, to the top 2.0S. Only a five-door hatch configuration is being offered this time around as Subaru says this is in line with current market trends. All three feature segment-unique all-wheel drive, with a CVT automatic.
Power comes from the same 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-four engine as before. It produces a segment-trailing 115kW and 196Nm. Unfortunately, Australia misses out on the 2.5 RS variant presented oversees. It produces a more appealing 136kW and 241Nm.
The official average fuel consumption is 7.5L/100km and the average emissions is 170g/km. These figures are a bit higher than the segment benchmarks, but you do need to factor in all-wheel drive as it places more load on the powertrain.
Subaru says the platform has been refined, with a new inner-frame added and more structural adhesives helping to reduce vibrations felt in the cabin, while providing a smoother ride and enhanced stability, Subaru says.
In terms of technology upgrades, all variants come with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system, but now there’s an improved stereo camera and new wide-angle monocular camera helping to provide a wider field of view. Speed sign recognition and lane-centring functionality has also been added.
A Driver Monitoring System with Driver Focus has been added as well. And the R and S variants receive a surround-view camera system with side-view monitoring, along with auto high-beam headlights.
The dash welcomes the company’s latest 11.6-inch touch-screen system, offering wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as digital radio and a wireless phone charger. The top-spec S adds a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system and sat-nav.
All models feature dual-zone climate control, paddle-shifters, auto wipers, push-button start, and USB and USB-C ports. The base L model features a plastic steering wheel and gear shifter with a cloth trim, while the R adds premium cloth and comes with leather for the steering wheel and gear selector. The top S features leather for the seats as well.
Subaru Impreza sales topped out at 3013 units during 2022 in Australia, down 17.3 per cent on 2021 efforts, according to VFACTS new vehicle registration figures. Speaking about the new model, Subaru Australia’s managing director, Blair Read, said:
“The 2024 Impreza offers superior handling in all conditions, a sporty hatchback design, the latest in Subaru’s safety tech, and of course Subaru reliability and retained value. The perfect daily driver, a weekend ski trip car, or for country road trips, Impreza offers versatility for the adventures that Subaru owners demand of it.”
The new model is available for pre-order now, with showroom entry scheduled for December this year. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):
2024 Subaru Impreza 2.0L: $31,490
2024 Subaru Impreza 2.0R: $34,990
2024 Subaru Impreza 2.0S: $37,990