The 2023 Subaru Impreza has finally made its debut, just months after its crossover SUV counterpart, the Crosstrek (formerly the XV) made its appearance in Japan. For this generation, the sedan body style has been dropped altogether in favor of just the hatchback, along with the manual transmission (though this did not reach the Philippines.
In terms of styling, the new generation Impreza looks practically similar to the equally-new Crosstrek, just without the raised ground clearance and body cladding. As such, the C-shaped LED headlights and daytime running lights are present, along with the brand’s frameless hexagonal grille. The overall design echoes that of the outgoing model. That’s because while this is a new-generation vehicle, it’s actually riding on a heavily-revised version of the outgoing model’s Subaru Global Platform (SGP).
For this iteration, some of the lessons learned from the WRX sports sedan and wagon have been implemented into the body structure of the new Impreza, such as the full inner frame structure that provides high body rigidity, and the adoption of the WRX’s dual-pinion electric power steering for improved steering feel and performance. These upgrades are also likewise implemented in the new Crosstrek.
Subaru is also bringing back the RS trim for the first time in the United States, and this is characterized by its exclusive 18-inch wheels, black grille, mirrors, and side skirts. The RS variant used to be the precursor to the WRX, but was eventually dropped when the WRX was finally offered in North American markets.
Inside, the 2023 Subaru Impreza carries over the same dash design as the XV and consequently, the WRX model range. This means that you get improved material quality as well as the latest Subaru Starlink infotainment system that’s housed in an 11.6-inch portrait touch screen. Interior upholstery also varies, with the RS likewise getting a sportier interior treatment through the use of red dash and seat trims, and simulated carbon fiber accents, just to name a few. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is also offered on higher trims, including the RS.
Two boxer engine choices are available for the 2023 Subaru Impreza–at least for the North American market. The base engine choice is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 152 hp and 197 Nm of torque, while exclusive to the sporty RS is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 182 hp and 241 Nm of torque. The 6-speed manual will no longer be offered in favor of just the Lineatronic CVT that powers all four wheels.
The 2023 Subaru Impreza will first go on sale in spring of 2023 in North American markets, but it will also be eventually offered globally.