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Sedans join Subaru's NZ range

 

2.0R four-doors add muscle to Impreza range. WRXs due this month.

Sedan versions of small hatchbacks seldom look as good as their tailgated stablemates, but Subaru’s just-announced Impreza four-door does.

To my eyes, anyway. Where four-door versions of cars like the Toyota Echo look just plain dorky (even the hatchback’s designer disowned the American-penned sedan) , the new Subaru looks neat, well-thought-out and less bland than the five-door.

Subaru is selling naturally-aspirated versions of the new Impreza four-door at prices starting a shade under $27,000.

The potent turbocharged WRX will follow – Subaru is expected to announce NZ specification and prices by the end of this week.

It’s selling Impreza four doors in 2.0R and 2.0R Sport versions with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearboxes, the latter with a manual shift mode. All have permanent four-wheel drive.

Both models are powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder DOHC Boxer engine developing 110kW at 6400rpm and 196Nm of peak torque at 3200rpm.

All models have a five-star crashworthiness rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) along with the maximum four-star pedestrian ANCAP safety rating.

Electronic stability control and six airbags, including curtain airbags, are standard on all models.

The base model Impreza 2.0R sedan gets 16-inch alloy wheels, six airbags including side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, and of course a 5-star ANCAP Safety Rating.

The 2.0R Sport sedan has17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust system with chrome tail piper covers, a mesh sports grille, boot lid spoiler and a sports body kit.

It also has sports seats, rear privacy glass and different cloth trim, a six-disc CD player with 10 speakers, climate-control air-conditioning and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls and a leather gearshift.

For the first time, an Impreza sedan also gets a split/fold rear seatback for even greater cargo carrying flexibility.

Though I might find the Impreza hatch bland and somewhat anonymous, but the folks who actually shell out their cash to buy new cars have taken to it like a duck to water.

Subaru New Zealand’s Graeme Woodlands says Impreza sales have climbed by more than 10 percent since the new model arrived here a year ago.

“We can only see that improving with the addition of the naturally-aspirated sedan versions. We expect the Impreza 2.0R Sport sedan to be the more popular model like its hatch sibling.”

Prices are: Impreza 2.0R manual, $26,990; Impreza 2.0R automatic, $27,990; Impreza 2.0R Sport manual, $31,990; Impreza 2.0R Sport automatic, $32,990.



 


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