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Grip : GRIP October 2011
NEW PRODUCT GRIP new imPreza offers fuel for tHougHt SUBARU has confirmed its new generation All-Wheel Drive Impreza will be on sale in March 2012, offering massive fuel efficiency and emission improvements of up to 24 per cent. Australian versions of Impreza were unveiled in Japan on October 23, with premium packaging that reflects Subaru’s new generation design and technology direction. All Model Year 2012 Imprezas offer a LineartronicTM Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that – along with the new FB 2.0 litre horizontally- opposed Boxer engine - delivers combined fuel consumption of 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres – 22 per cent ahead of the superseded automatic Impreza. New Impreza will also be available with a smooth six-speed manual that consumes just 7.1 l/100 km in the combined cycle – 20 per cent ahead of the equivalent current car. Emissions in new Impreza with CVT are 157 grams of CO2perkm–24percent better than the current four- speed auto, while the new manual model produces just 164 g/km, a significant 21 per cent improvement. Impreza features sophisticated styling, spacious cabins with a new level of soft-touch surfaces and high-grade switchgear, and other advanced technologies that contribute to its efficiency. Attention to detail includes the introduction of Multi- Function Displays with a wealth of information for drivers. Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “Impreza is the new benchmark for Subaru design and engineering. “It builds strongly on Subaru’s safety commitment and includes a driver’s knee airbag across the range, in addition to dual front, side and cur tain airbags. “Subaru designers have cleverly produced a much more spacious cabin within the same external dimensions as the superseded car. “The wheelbase is longer, the cargo area’s larger and the windscreen base is moved forward, creating a great open feeling and fantastic field of vision.” Senior said Subaru’s safety philosophy included critical strengthening of strategic points around the body. “One of the most gratifying parts of my job is the number of thank you emails and letters we get from drivers who have been in heavy collisions or roll-overs in Subarus, yet survived virtually unscathed. “New Impreza takes the sheer strength of that engineering philosophy to an even higher level.” He said that while deliveries of Imprezas for customers will start in March, demonstrators will be available at dealerships for test drive from January. The Impreza line-up comprises: Impreza 2.0i – with the choice of Lineartronic CVT or six-speed manual transmission, plus standard Auto Start Stop Impreza 2.0i-L – Adds electric sunroof, premium Multi-Function Display with rear view camera images, audio with steering wheel control, dual zone climate control air conditioning, rear privacy glass and front fog lights. Impreza 2.0i-L with optional factory-fitted satellite navigation has SMS voice to text and voice command. Impreza 2.0i-S – Adds leather trim, eight-way electronic adjustable driver’s seat, alloy pedals, HID Xenon headlights and washers. INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE AFTERSALES MARKETING ECONOMY RUN PARTS & ACCESSORIES FINANCE AMBASSADOR NEW PRODUCT BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
GRIP September 2011