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Impreza sedan just around the corner


Subaru is expanding its multi-award winning All Wheel Drive Impreza range with the addition of naturally aspirated sedan versions this month

The Impreza 2.0R and 2.0R Sport sedans feature a maximum 5-star crashworthiness rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) along with the maximum 4-star pedestrian ANCAP safety rating.

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

The Subaru Impreza range is one of the most awarded in New Zealand this year with various hatchback models winning the AMI/NZ Autocar 2008 Compact Car of the Year, and three coveted AA Motoring Excellence Awards; 2008 Safest Car, 2008 Performance Car and the overall 2008 Supreme Car of the Year Awards.

Subaru of New Zealand Managing Director, Graeme Woodlands, said: “Impreza sales have climbed by more than 10% since its launch 12 months ago and that has been without any sedans in the range.

“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.

“In addition, the Impreza’s economy and reliability has attracted new followers to the brand in recent times,” he added.

The base model Impreza 2.0R sedan features an impressive specification list for an entry level vehicle including; fulltime Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, 16-inch alloy wheels, six airbags including curtain airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, and of course a 5-star ANCAP Safety Rating.

Impreza 2.0R Sport sedan is differentiated externally by; 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust system with chrome tail piper covers, a mesh sports grille, boot lid spoiler and a sports body kit.

Inside, Impreza 2.0R Sport features sports seats, rear privacy glass and different cloth trim.

Impreza 2.0R Sport adds six-stack CD player with 10 speakers, climate control air conditioning and leather-bound steering wheel with audio and cruise controls and a leather gearshift. All naturally aspirated variants offer the choice of five-speed manual or four-speed SPORTSHIFT automatic transmissions.

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

Both models are powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder DOHC Boxer engine developing 110kW at 6400rpm and 196Nm of torque at 3200rpm.

The turbocharged Impreza WRX sedan is due for launch in December.

Pricing of equivalent Impreza sedans and hatches is identical, giving customers a direct choice between their preferred body style.

A WRX sedan is due here in December.

Impreza MY09 sedan and hatch pricing:

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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