2024 Subaru Impreza: The return of the RS version… with a bigger engine!

2024 Subaru Impreza: The return of the RS version… with a bigger engine!

Subaru has significantly improved its modern design in recent years, addressing the exterior design and useful interior as well as performance and fuel economy. Now the company is turning to the baby of the family: the Impreza.

As part of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the latest generation of the Japanese compact was presented by rally driver and professional skateboarder, Bucky Lasek, accompanied by his daughter Paris. Subaru sums it up in one word: happiness.

Make a Better Imprez-ion

Over the years, the Subaru Impreza has experienced rapid growth and undergone many changes to appeal to a wider range of customers. With this new version, it looks more mature to us than before. Available only in five-door form (the sedan will not return, as it will for 2023), the new Impreza comes in four trim levels in a streamlined order: Ease, Touring, RS and Sport-Tech, this last. exclusive to Canada.

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The silhouette and design changes little overall, but the grille is bigger and the car looks sportier. Two new colors are available and roof rail mounting points are included for installing accessories. On board, there are redesigned and more comfortable seats along with the latest technologies.

Nice improvements have also been made to things you don’t see but that make a big difference on the road, such as all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring, retuned suspension and steering derived from the sporty WRX that favors a smoother ride. accurate and attractive.

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Back to RS

Yes that is correct. All long-time Subaru Impreza enthusiasts will immediately recognize the RS badges, two letters synonymous with power and performance. Not like said WRX, but a solid tick over the base trims.

For 2024, the Impreza RS and the top-of-the-line Sport-Tech get Subaru’s 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine, which develops 182 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The RS version is further distinguished by three-inch alloy wheels 18 with a black metallic finish, its decoration that imitates carbon fiber and its red stitching inside, not forgetting the aluminum pedals and the black roof lining.

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In fact, the 2.0-liter engine has been retained, which produces 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft. Note that the fuel tank goes from 50 to 63 liters with the new generation.

Unfortunately, as is common in the auto industry these days, no manual transmission is offered with the 2024 Subaru Impreza, not even the RS. Instead, the continuously variable transmission reduces fuel consumption and its manual mode simulates eight gears. All-time best all-wheel drive remains the standard, of course, that separates the Impreza from its main rivals, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

More technology

Those who love technology will be catered for, thanks in particular to the wireless integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a wireless phone charger, all standard. An 11.2-inch vertical touchscreen is also available.

The top-spec 2024 Impreza will feature the fourth-generation EyeSight safety system, including the addition of a wide-angle front camera like the one on the 2023 Outback. DriverFocus will also be offered for the first time, keeping your eyes on the road. It can even recognize your face when you get into the car and adjust the seat position, radio and other features accordingly. It’s amazing!

The price and market date of the 2024 Subaru Impreza will be announced in the coming months. Subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a thing!