New Subaru Impreza launching in Australia without hybrid

New Subaru Impreza launching in Australia without hybrid
New Subaru Impreza launching in Australia without hybrid

Subaru is gearing up for the arrival of its next-generation Impreza, but it won’t launch with a hybrid.

The new small hatchback goes on sale in September 2023, with deliveries to follow prior to the end of the year.

“So we’ll launch with petrol variants, but there is a hybrid model in the domestic market in Japan and we’re currently evaluating where that would sit competitor-wise, as to whether it’s an option,” said Subaru Australia managing director Blair Read.

A hybrid Impreza would give Subaru a rival to hybrid versions of the Toyota Corolla and the upcoming facelifted Hyundai i30 Sedan – though the new Impreza is hatch-only.

Despite its September on-sale date looming fast, Subaru remains tight-lipped on pricing and specification for the new car.

Nevertheless, it has previously confirmed the new Impreza would offer a new 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless phone charging.

Additionally, the latest EyeSight suite of driver assists and the brand’s signature all-wheel drive system will be standard.

A range of three distinct trim levels are offered in the Japanese market, with both regular petrol and e-Boxer Hybrid powertrains offered depending on trim level.

Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options are also available in the Japanese domestic market, but don’t expect the former in Australia – Subaru hasn’t offered front-wheel drive vehicles here since the 1990s.

In the Japanese domestic market there are three distinct trim levels – ST, ST-G and ST-H – which lines up with the outgoing trim levels in Australia which comprises 2.0i-L, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i-S variants.

All versions featured LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the mid- and up-spec models get a leather-trimmed steering wheel and the portrait-oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen which will be standard in Australia.

Range-topping models in Japan also get a high-spec full-LED headlight with adaptive beam and cornering lights.

The Japan-spec ST-G and ST-H also come standard with the 2.0-litre e-Boxer Hybrid powertrain, which combines the base model’s 2.0-litre naturally aspirated flat four with a 10kW/65Nm electric motor and 4.8Ah lithium battery.

The standard petrol-only powertrain develops 113kW (6000rpm) and 193Nm (4000rpm), while the hybrid setup makes a little less – 107kW (6000rpm) and 188Nm (4000rpm).

Both engines are teamed with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The petrol gets eight virtual ratios compared to the hybrid’s seven, though we assume the e-motor substitutes as the launch gear.

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