Subaru unveiled its redesigned Impreza compact at the New York auto show, highlighted by more available safety equipment, a larger interior, and a touch more sporty flare. Still available in both sedan and five-door hatchback body styles, the Impreza continues to be offered with standard all-wheel drive.

The company says the 2017 Impreza rides on a new platform with a longer wheelbase and a wider cabin. The new Impreza is said to have a stiffer body than the outgoing model to improve stability and ride comfort while also suppressing noise, vibration, and harshness.

The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine now makes 152 horsepower (up from 148). The standard transmission is a continuously variable unit; no manual is offered. The CVT in high trim lines comes with a “manual mode” with paddle shifters that allow the driver to override the transmission through seven pre-set ratios.

Fuel economy estimates were not disclosed. 

2017 Subaru Impreza sedan

The Impreza will be available with the company’s EyeSight suite of safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also available.

A somewhat uncommon feature is a new reverse automatic braking system, which can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while backing up. All models come with a standard rearview camera.

A new Impreza 2.0i Sport model joins the line. It includes different suspension tuning, 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, aluminum pedals, and other interior and exterior trim bits. Call it WRX light.

Other trim lines include 2.0i base, Premium, and Limited. We’re pleased to see that the top-trim Limited model now comes with six-way power driver’s seat—a first for the Impreza.

On the infotainment front, all Imprezas get the company’s latest infotainment system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2017 Impreza lands in dealerships in late 2016.

Read the road test on the current Subaru Impreza.

2017 Subaru Impreza interior

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