The Subaru Impreza is classified as a subcompact car and has been manufactured since 1992 by Japanese carmaker Subaru. This vehicle was initially introduced as a replacement for the Leone which had its engines replaced by the more recent EJ series versions. The Impreza is currently in its fourth generation and there have been both 4-door and 5-door hatchback versions available since its launch in 1992. This firm also offers a coupe from 1995, but it is only available in the first generation. The more mainstream versions of this vehicle have received naturally aspirated flat-four engines which go from 1.5 to 2.5 liters, and the WRX and WRX STI performance models have been upgraded with turbochargers.
The first generation of the Impreza, which was introduced to the public in March of 1993, was offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive as well as 4-door and 5-door hatchbacks. The name of this vehicle was initially the “Loyale”, and in 1995 a new 2-door coupe was introduced in the Japanese market. The Impreza, similar to many cars built by Subaru, came equipped with a flat engine with choices that included a 1.6 liter, 1.8 liter. And 2.0 liter naturally aspirated engines.
The boxer engine was still used for the Impreza and the configuration of the engine inline with the transmission keeps rolling down to an absolute minimum because of the low center of gravity. This design also helps with vibration mitigation because of the principles behind a balanced engine. Torque steer is something else which has been greatly reduced with this model because of the type of powertrain layout it uses. The Outback Sport came to North America in 1994 as the 1995 model as the Impreza “L” Sport Wagon. This was the highest trim level available for the Impreza and the only mechanical difference between this vehicle and the others is that it has a slightly raised suspension. At first this vehicle came with a 2.2 engine which was used for the American version. Later on though, a 2.5 engine was added.
Trim levels for this vehicle included the LX, GL, and Sport generation. All of the LX model use front-wheel drive and are powered by a 1.6 liter engine. All of these vehicles are available with 4-door body styles only. The GL trim levels came in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All of these vehicles which came out in 1993 came with the option of a 1.6 or a 1.8 flat-4 engine.
The third generation of which vehicle, which began in 2007 and went until 2011, revealed a whole new Impreza at the New York Auto Show in April of 2007. At this auto show the aspirated Impreza as well as the turbocharged WRX versions both went on display. One of the things that separate the third series of this vehicle from its predecessors is that these vehicles are a bit longer and wider with a longer wheelbase. There were two significant changes made to the design of the Impreza for its third generation, including the parking light switch located above the steering column was removed as well as the frames on the windows which were designed to reduce noise and vibrations.
The fourth generation of the Impreza, which started in 2011, was first introduced to the public at the New York International Auto Show. The US models of this vehicle went on sale as the 2012 version and early models came with the option of a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback body. These vehicles used a 2.0 liter DOHC 1480 horsepower engine with a 5-speed manual or Lineartronic CVT with paddle shifting six-speed manual mode.